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Merisa L. Piper, M.D.

Merisa L. Piper, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Contact Information

Wichelle Corrales, Administrative Assistant
1825 Fourth St. 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: 415-353-9985
Fax: 415-353-4330
Merisa.Piper@ucsf.edu
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  • Claremont McKenna College, Bachelor of Science, Biology, 2005
  • University of California, Irvine, Doctorate of Medicine, 2011
  • University of California, San Francisco, General Surgery, 2011-2014
  • University of California, San Francisco, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2014-2018
  • University of Pennsylvania, Microsurgery, 2018-2019
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Body Contouring
  • Botox and Fillers
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Reconstructive Surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Breast reconstruction clinical outcomes
  • Capsular contracture
  • Extremity sarcoma

Merisa L. Piper, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her Bachelor's of Science at Claremont McKenna College, where she graduated cum laude. She then spent several years working in a basic science laboratory investigating the mechanism of hypothalamic leptin resistance at the Diabetes Center at UCSF. She attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated with high honors. She then completed her residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at UCSF, and spent one year of research investigating breast reconstruction outcomes and developing a phase II clinical trial. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in microsurgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Piper's clinical practice includes all aspects of breast reconstruction, as well as a broad range of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery procedures. She specializes in microsurgery and free tissue transfer. Her research interests lie in breast reconstruction clinical outcomes, with focuses in oncoplastic surgery and microsurgery. She has authored over 25 papers and has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is a breast section editor for Annals of Plastic Surgery, and is a guest reviewer for four scientific journals.

Most recent publications from a total of 27
  1. Piper ML, Lentz R, Gomez-Sanchez C, Withers J, Hu A, Sbitany H. A Critical Analysis of Prosthetic Augmentation of Autologous Microvascular Breast Reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2019 Oct 25. View in PubMed
  2. Piper ML, Wong J, Fahrner-Scott K, Ewing C, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ, Mukhtar RA. Success rates of re-excision after positive margins for invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2019; 5:29. View in PubMed
  3. Peled AW, Amara D, Piper ML, Klassen AF, Tsangaris E, Pusic AL. Development and Validation of a Nipple-Specific Scale for the BREAST-Q to Assess Patient-Reported Outcomes following Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Apr; 143(4):1010-1017. View in PubMed
  4. Sbitany H, Lentz R, Piper M. The "Dual-Plane" DIEP Flap: Measuring the Effects of Superficial Arterial and Venous Flow Augmentation on Clinical Outcomes. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2019 Jul; 35(6):411-416. View in PubMed
  5. Sbitany H, Gomez-Sanchez C, Piper M, Lentz R. Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction in the Setting of Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy: An Assessment of Clinical Outcomes and Benefits. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 01; 143(1):10-20. View in PubMed
  6. Mukhtar RA, Wong J, Piper M, Zhu Z, Fahrner-Scott K, Mamounas M, Sbitany H, Alvarado M, Foster R, Ewing C, Esserman L. Breast Conservation and Negative Margins in Invasive Lobular Carcinoma: The Impact of Oncoplastic Surgery and Shave Margins in 358 Patients. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Oct; 25(11):3165-3170. View in PubMed
  7. Gruber RP, Piper M, Chang J. Commentary on: The Nasal Ligaments and Tip Support in Rhinoplasty: An Anatomical Study. Aesthet Surg J. 2018 03 14; 38(4):369-373. View in PubMed
  8. Gruber RP, Chang J, Piper M. Commentary on: Medial Osteoectomy as a Routine Procedure in Rhinoplasty: Six-Year Experience with an Innovative Technique. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2018 Oct; 42(5):1357-1359. View in PubMed
  9. Lentz RB, Piper ML, Gomez-Sanchez C, Sbitany H. Correction of Breast Animation Deformity following Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 10; 140(4):643e-644e. View in PubMed
  10. Sbitany H, Piper M, Lentz R. Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction: A Safe Alternative to Submuscular Prosthetic Reconstruction following Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Sep; 140(3):432-443. View in PubMed
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