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Rita Mukhtar, M.D.

Rita Mukhtar, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery

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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
  • Breast Cancer
  • DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in situ)
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Lumpectomy
  • Lymphadenectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Recurrent Breast Cancer
  • Wire Localization Surgery

Rita Mukhtar, M.D. is a General and Breast Oncologic Surgeon at UCSF. 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, while serving as a clinical instructor in general surgery. She currently practices acute care general surgery and breast surgery, including treatment of benign and malignant breast disease. Her research interest is in genetic causes of breast cancer, prevention, and treatment.

Most recent publications from a total of 16
  1. Mukhtar RA, Piper ML, Freise C, Van't Veer LJ, Baehner FL, Esserman LJ. The Novel Application of Genomic Profiling Assays to Shorten Inactive Status for Potential Kidney Transplant Recipients With Breast Cancer. Am J Transplant. 2017 Jan; 17(1):292-295. View in PubMed
  2. Price ER, Wong J, Mukhtar R, Hylton N, Esserman LJ. How to use magnetic resonance imaging following neoadjuvant chemotherapy in locally advanced breast cancer. World J Clin Cases. 2015 Jul 16; 3(7):607-13. View in PubMed
  3. Mukhtar RA, Wong JM, Esserman LJ. Preventing Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment: Just the Next Step in the Evolution of Breast Cancer Care. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Jun; 13(6):737-43. View in PubMed
  4. Campbell MJ, Wolf D, Mukhtar RA, Tandon V, Yau C, Au A, Baehner F, van't Veer L, Berry D, Esserman LJ. The prognostic implications of macrophages expressing proliferating cell nuclear antigen in breast cancer depend on immune context. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e79114. View in PubMed
  5. Mukhtar RA, Yau C, Rosen M, Tandon VJ, Hylton N, Esserman LJ. Clinically meaningful tumor reduction rates vary by prechemotherapy MRI phenotype and tumor subtype in the I-SPY 1 TRIAL (CALGB 150007/150012; ACRIN 6657). Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Nov; 20(12):3823-30. View in PubMed
  6. Lips EH, Mukhtar RA, Yau C, de Ronde JJ, Livasy C, Carey LA, Loo CE, Vrancken-Peeters MJ, Sonke GS, Berry DA, Van't Veer LJ, Esserman LJ, Wesseling J, Rodenhuis S, Shelley Hwang E. Lobular histology and response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in invasive breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 Nov; 136(1):35-43. View in PubMed
  7. Adisa CA, Eleweke N, Alfred AA, Campbell MJ, Sharma R, Nseyo O, Tandon V, Mukhtar R, Greninger A, Risi JD, Esserman LJ. Biology of breast cancer in Nigerian women: a pilot study. Ann Afr Med. 2012 Jul-Sep; 11(3):169-75. View in PubMed
  8. Mukhtar RA, Moore AP, Tandon VJ, Nseyo O, Twomey P, Adisa CA, Eleweke N, Au A, Baehner FL, Moore DH, McGrath MS, Olopade OI, Gray JW, Campbell MJ, Esserman LJ. Elevated levels of proliferating and recently migrated tumor-associated macrophages confer increased aggressiveness and worse outcomes in breast cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Nov; 19(12):3979-86. View in PubMed
  9. Mukhtar RA, Moore AP, Nseyo O, Baehner FL, Au A, Moore DH, Twomey P, Campbell MJ, Esserman LJ. Elevated PCNA+ tumor-associated macrophages in breast cancer are associated with early recurrence and non-Caucasian ethnicity. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2011 Nov; 130(2):635-44. View in PubMed
  10. Mukhtar RA, Nseyo O, Campbell MJ, Esserman LJ. Tumor-associated macrophages in breast cancer as potential biomarkers for new treatments and diagnostics. Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2011 Jan; 11(1):91-100. View in PubMed
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