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Laura Esserman, MD, MBA

Chief, Section of Breast Care Surgery
UCSF School of Medicine

Professor of Surgery and Radiology
UCSF School of Medicine


Dr. Laura Esserman, MD, MBA 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. Her work is devoted to developing new, more effective ways to care for and empower breast cancer patients during treatment and to tailor treatments using biology, personal preference and constant feedback regarding outcomes of care. 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.

Education & Training

Medical School: Stanford University

Residency: Stanford University in General Surgery

Fellowship: Stanford University in Breast Oncology

Board Certification: General Surgery