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Merisa L. Piper, M.D.

Merisa L. Piper, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Contact Information

1825 Fourth St. 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: 415-353-7070
Fax: 415-353-4330
[email protected]
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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. Parmeshwar N, Lem M, Dugan CL, Piper M. Evaluating mesh use for abdominal donor site closure after deep inferior epigastric perforator flap breast reconstruction: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Microsurgery. 2023 Sep 12. View in PubMed
  2. Parmeshwar N, Dugan CL, Barnes LL, Cheng JK, Patterson AK, Miller A, Mukhtar R, Piper M. Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies in Patients over the Age of 60 Years: Factors Associated with Surgical Outcomes. Ann Surg Oncol. 2023 Sep 12. View in PubMed
  3. Parmeshwar N, Barnes L, Martins D, Nicholas C, Piper M. The impact of post-mastectomy radiation timing on overall outcomes of autologous free-flap breast reconstruction. Microsurgery. 2023 Jul 19. View in PubMed
  4. Parmeshwar N, Mehta SR, Piper M. Reviewing the Impact of Topical and Intravenous Tranexamic Acid Use in Breast Plastic Surgery. Ann Plast Surg. 2023 Jul 05. View in PubMed
  5. Barnes LL, Chew J, Lem M, Park C, Yang JC, Prionas N, Piper M. Modifiable Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy Factors and Impact on Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction Outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2023 Jun 19. View in PubMed
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