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Michael D. Alvarado, M.D.

Michael D. Alvarado, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Director, Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship

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415-353-7908
415-353 9571 - Fax
michael.alvarado@ucsf.edu

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  • 1985-89, Arizona State University, BS, Chemistry
  • 1990-92, University of Arizona, Physical Chemistry, MA
  • 1994-98, Dartmouth Medical School, MD
  • 1998-04, Surgical Residency, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • 1998-03, Surgical Residency, Dartmouth Medical School
  • 2003-04, Chief Resident, Surgery, Dartmouth Medical School
  • 2004-06, Surgical Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
  • 2005, American Board of Surgery
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCSF Melanoma Center
  • Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
  • Investigation of blood-based and molecular markers to improve breast cancer screening
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Michael Alvarado, M.D. is a Professor of Surgery and member of the breast care and melanoma programs. Dr. Alvarado received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, his master's degree in chemistry from the University of Arizona and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School.

After completing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, he completed his surgical oncology fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida. There he conducted research in the Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology on comparative gene expression profiling of stage III colon cancer and sentinel lymph node biopsy for patients undergoing mastectomy.

Dr. Alvarado plays an integral role in the world-renowned multidisciplinary breast care team at the Breast Care Center in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also Director of the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program and is intimately involved in the training of breast cancer surgeons of the future. 

Dr. Alvarado performs melanoma surgery including sentinel lymph node biopsy at the UCSF Melanoma Center, a multidisciplinary program consisting of melanoma surgeons, dermatologists, medical oncologists, dermatopathologist and head and neck surgeon.

Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Alvarado was named to the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors," which denotes the top 10% of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty. Dr. Alvarado is certified by the American Board of Surgery, member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and member of the American College of Surgeons.  

  

 

 

 

 

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  1. Ahmad TR, Vasudevan HN, Lazar AA, Chan JW, George JR, Alvarado MD, Yu SS, Daud A, Yom SS. Should Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Status Guide Adjuvant Radiation Therapy in Patients With Merkel Cell Carcinoma? Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 Nov-Dec; 6(6):100764. View in PubMed
  2. Hewitt KC, Miller P, Piper M, Prionas N, Son JD, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ, Wong JM, Ewing C, Mukhtar RA. Positive margins after mastectomy in patients with invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast: Incidence and management strategies. Am J Surg. 2021 Jun 10. View in PubMed
  3. Glencer AC, Wong JM, Hylton NM, Krings G, McCune E, Rothschild HT, Loveday TA, Alvarado MD, Esserman LJ, Campbell MJ. Modulation of the immune microenvironment of high-risk ductal carcinoma in situ by intralesional pembrolizumab injection. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 May 25; 7(1):59. View in PubMed
  4. Abel MK, Greenwood H, Kelil T, Guo R, Brabham C, Hylton N, Wong J, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman LJ, Boughey JC, Mukhtar RA. Accuracy of breast MRI in evaluating nodal status after neoadjuvant therapy in invasive lobular carcinoma. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Mar 05; 7(1):25. View in PubMed
  5. Vaidya JS, Bulsara M, Sperk E, Massarut S, Douek M, Alvarado M, Pigorsch S, Holmes D, Bernstein M, Saunders C, Flyger H, Joseph D, Wenz F, Tobias JS, TARGIT-A Investigators . In Regard to Polgar et al. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 07 01; 110(3):905-907. View in PubMed
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