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Merisa L. Piper, M.D.

Merisa L. Piper, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Contact Information

1825 Fourth St. 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: 415-353-7070
Fax: 415-353-4330
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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.

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  1. Piper ML, Rios-Diaz AJ, Kimia R, Cunning J, Broach R, Wu L, Serletti J, Fosnot J. Direct-to-Implant Versus 2-Stage Breast Reconstruction: Which Technique Is Better? An Analysis of 104 Patients at a Single Institution. Ann Plast Surg. 2022 08 01; 89(2):159-165. View in PubMed
  2. Sitta R, Roberts J, Gardner J, Ascher N, Piper M. A novel microsurgical reconstruction technique in a living-related liver donor hepatic artery dissection using the native hepatic artery. Am J Transplant. 2022 10; 22(10):2467-2469. View in PubMed
  3. Piper ML, Nathan S, Henderson S, Lee A, Broach RB, Kozak G, Davis H, Wu LC. The Impact of a Single Dual-Trained Surgeon in the Management of Mastectomy and Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022 Apr 01; 149(4):820-828. View in PubMed
  4. Wallace AB, Kim EA, Holland M, Lee S, Orringer M, Piper ML, Hansen SL. Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphatic Complications of the Groin Following Open Lower Extremity Revascularization with Plastic Surgery Closure. Ann Vasc Surg. 2022 May; 82:197-205. View in PubMed
  5. Wallace AB, Piper ML, Holland M, Lee S, Orringer M, Eichler C, Kim EA, Hansen SL. Prophylactic Muscle Flaps in Primary Vascular Procedures of the Groin. Ann Vasc Surg. 2022 Jan; 78:77-83. View in PubMed
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