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Rita Mukhtar, M.D.

Rita Mukhtar, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology

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1996-2000 University of California, Berkeley, AB Molecular and Cell Biology

2001-2006 University of California, San Francisco, MD

  • 2006-2012 University of California, San Francisco, Resident, General Surgery
  • 2012-2013 University of California, San Francisco, Chief Resident, General Surgery
  • 2009-2011 University of California, San Francisco, Post-doctoral Research Fellow
  • 2013-2014 University of California, San Francisco, Society of Surgical Oncology Fellow, Breast Surgery
  • 2009-2010 UCSF CTSI Advanced Training in Clinical Research
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
  • Axillary dissection
  • Breast Surgery
  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Lumpectomy
  • Nipple sparing/total skin sparing mastectomy
  • Seed and wire localization surgery
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy

Breast oncologic surgeon-scientist Rita Mukhtar, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery at UCSF, leads clinical and translational research on invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC), the second most common type of breast cancer, and an understudied disease with unique treatment challenges. Funded by the American Cancer Society and the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Mukhtar studies surgical outcomes and treatment response predictors in ILC. Additionally, she is the UCSF Principle Investigator for a surgical window trial testing pre-operative endocrine therapy in ILC. Dr. Mukhtar collaborates with a multidisciplinary team from The Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center to advance ILC research and innovate targeted treatment strategies that improve patient lives and outcomes.

Dr Mukhtar completed her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, where she studied music and molecular biology. She then attended medical school at UCSF, during which time she received a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship and pursued research in the inflammatory response in sepsis, winning a resident research award. She remained at UCSF for General Surgery residency, and completed a two year post-doctoral research fellowship focusing on the role of inflammatory cells in breast cancer outcomes, funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program.

During this time she received a scholarship from the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute to complete a certificate in Advanced Training in Clinical Research. After residency, she completed a fellowship in breast oncologic surgery. She currently practices breast surgery, including treatment of benign and malignant breast disease, and acute care general surgery.

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  1. Khoury AL, Keane H, Varghese F, Hosseini A, Mukhtar R, Eder SE, Weinstein PR, Esserman LJ. Trigger point injection for post-mastectomy pain: a simple intervention with high rate of long-term relief. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Sep 17; 7(1):123. View in PubMed
  2. Galstyan A, Bunker MJ, Lobo F, Sims R, Inziello J, Stubbs J, Mukhtar R, Kelil T. Correction to: Applications of 3D printing in breast cancer management. 3D Print Med. 2021 Jul 07; 7(1):19. View in PubMed
  3. 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
  4. Kelly C. Hewitt, Phoebe Miller, Merisa Piper, Nicolas Prionas, Jennifer D. Son, Michael Alvarado, Laura J. Esserman, Jasmine M. Wong, Cheryl Ewing, Rita A. Mukhtar. Positive margins after mastectomy in patients with invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast: Incidence and management strategies. The American Journal of Surgery. 2021 Jun 1. View in PubMed
  5. Mary Kathryn Abel, Michelle E. Melisko, Hope S. Rugo, Amy Jo Chien, Italia Diaz, Julia K. Levine, Ann Griffin, Joseph McGuire, Laura Esserman, Hala Borno, Rita A. Mukhtar. Decreased enrollment of patients with advanced lobular breast cancer compared to ductal breast cancer in interventional clinical trials. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2021 May 20; 39(15_suppl):1092-1092. View in PubMed
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