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Laura J. Esserman, M.D., M.B.A.

Laura J. Esserman, M.D., M.B.A.

Professor of Surgery and Radiology
Chief, Section of Breast Care Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Alfred A. de Lorimier Endowed Chair in General Surgery
Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

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1974-77, Harvard University, A.B.
1978-83, Stanford University, M.D.

  • 1983-85, Stanford University School of Medicine, Resident, General Surgery
  • 1988-90, Stanford University School of Medicine, Resident, General Surgery
  • 1990-91, Stanford University School of Medicine, Chief Resident, General Surgery
  • 1985-88, Stanford University School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Fe, Oncology, Medical
  • 1991-93, Stanford University, M.B.A.
  • American Board of Surgery - General Surgery - 1992
  • UCSF Center of Excellence for Breast Cancer Care
  • UCSF Carol Frank Buck Breast Care Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Cancer Vaccines
  • Genes
  • Intraductal Carcinoma
  • Male
  • Mammary
  • Mastectomy
  • Noninfiltrating Carcinoma Lobular
  • Oncogenes
  • Precancerous Conditions
  • Segmental
  • Tumor Suppressor
  • Ultrasonography
  • BRCA1 Protein
  • BRCA2 Protein
  • Infiltrating Duct Carcinoma

 

Dr. Laura Esserman, M.D., M.B.A is a surgeon and breast cancer oncology specialist practicing at the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center where she has also held the position of Director since 1996.  She co-leads the Breast Oncology Program, the largest of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center's multidisciplinary programs. The program is comprised of 69 faculty members who represent 16 academic specialties and is internationally recognized and well-established with major initiatives in epidemiology, genetics, biology, therapeutics, and clinical cancer care.  She is a professor of Surgery & Radiology at UCSF and Associate Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center where she has founded and led the program in Translational Informatics. As part of this program, her research has focused on bioinformatics, medical and clinical informatics, systems integration, and clinical care delivery.

 

Dr. Esserman received her Bachelor's degree in History of Science from Harvard University and completed her M.D. at Stanford University. She completed her surgery residency and oncology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center.  After her training, she joined the faculty at Stanford and received a Hartford fellowship to attend Stanford Business School where she received her M.B.A. in 1993.  She then joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco.  She has worked at UCSF to develop interdisciplinary teams of clinicians and researchers to bring the best care to patients and find the best platform to integrate translational research and improve the delivery of breast cancer care.

 

Dr. Esserman has been a leader in the I-SPY TRIAL collaboration, a National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Center for Bioinformatics and SPORE program. In 2005, she received the NCI SPORE Investigator of the Year Award, an internationally recognized honor and designation.  As the Primary Investigator of a Department of Defense-funded Center of Excellence grant, she has also brought together an extraordinary, multidisciplinary group of investigators and health care industry partners to work on critical problems concerning the quality of breast cancer care. Highly respected by her peers, Dr. Esserman was named to the list of U.S. News "America's Top Doctors," a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for a given specialty.

 

Dr. Esserman is a prolific writer with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals covering all aspects of breast health including information systems, immunology, decision making, health policy and the use of imaging. She speaks extensively at public and private forums within the U.S. and internationally.  Overall, Dr. Esserman's research and writing tends to focus on the goal of giving patients better access to accurate information so that they can become partners in their health care.

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  • Surgical Oncology Training Grant
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    Jun 2025
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  • Extending the Diversity, Reach, and Generalizability of the WISDOM Study
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    Mar 2020
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    Feb 2025
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  • I-SPY2 +: Evolving the I-SPY 2 TRIAL to include MRI-directed, adaptive sequential treatment to optimize breast cancer outcomes
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    Sep 2017
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    Aug 2022
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  • Elucidating the molecular and contextual basis for IDLE ultralow risk lesions and the tumor immune microenvironment of high risk in situ and invasive breast cancers
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    Sep 2015
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    Aug 2020
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  • Modeling the Impact of Targeted Therapy Based on Breast Cancer Subtypes
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    Sep 2014
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    Aug 2019
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  • Integrated Biomarkers to Characterize Breast Cancer Risk
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    Sep 2004
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    Jun 2011
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MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 357
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  1. Keane H, Huilgol YS, Shieh Y, Tice JA, Belkora J, Sepucha K, Shibley WP, Wang T, Che M, Goodman D, Ozanne E, Fiscalini AS, Esserman LJ. Development and pilot of an online, personalized risk assessment tool for a breast cancer precision medicine trial. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Jun 17; 7(1):78. 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. O'Grady N, Gibbs DL, Abdilleh K, Asare A, Asare S, Venters S, Brown-Swigart L, Hirst GL, Wolf D, Yau C, van 't Veer LJ, Esserman L, Basu A. PRoBE the cloud toolkit: finding the best biomarkers of drug response within a breast cancer clinical trial. JAMIA Open. 2021 Apr; 4(2):ooab038. View in PubMed
  4. Pusztai L, Yau C, Wolf DM, Han HS, Du L, Wallace AM, String-Reasor E, Boughey JC, Chien AJ, Elias AD, Beckwith H, Nanda R, Albain KS, Clark AS, Kemmer K, Kalinsky K, Isaacs C, Thomas A, Shatsky R, Helsten TL, Forero-Torres A, Liu MC, Brown-Swigart L, Petricoin EF, Wulfkuhle JD, Asare SM, Wilson A, Singhrao R, Sit L, Hirst GL, Berry S, Sanil A, Asare AL, Matthews JB, Perlmutter J, Melisko M, Rugo HS, Schwab RB, Symmans WF, Yee D, Van't Veer LJ, Hylton NM, DeMichele AM, Berry DA, Esserman LJ. Durvalumab with olaparib and paclitaxel for high-risk HER2-negative stage II/III breast cancer: Results from the adaptively randomized I-SPY2 trial. Cancer Cell. 2021 Jul 12; 39(7):989-998.e5. View in PubMed
  5. Dar H, Johansson A, Nordenskjöld A, Iftimi A, Yau C, Perez-Tenorio G, Benz C, Nordenskjöld B, Stål O, Esserman LJ, Fornander T, Lindström LS. Assessment of 25-Year Survival of Women With Estrogen Receptor-Positive/ERBB2-Negative Breast Cancer Treated With and Without Tamoxifen Therapy: A Secondary Analysis of Data From the Stockholm Tamoxifen Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Jun 01; 4(6):e2114904. View in PubMed
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