Cheryl A. Ewing, MD

Cheryl A. Ewing, MD

Professor, Department of Surgery

Phone: (415) 353-7070 (appts)
Box 1710, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-1710

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Cancer Center Membership

Associate Member » Breast Oncology» Cancer Genetics

Research Summary

Dr. Cheryl Ewing is Associate Professor of Surgery at UCSF Mount Zion Hospital. Her focus is in breast cancer surgery and sentinel lymph node dissection. Her other interests include quality of care and evaluation of barriers to medical and breast care for minority women.

Dr. Ewing completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, and received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She then went on to complete her residency at University of Michigan Medical School, and then her fellowship at the University of Chicago. She joined the faculty at UCSF in 2001.

Dr. Ewing has lectured extensively at many local, national, and international events. She has been very active in mentoring residents and fellows, serving four years as the Mount Zion Site Director for the Surgery 110 Rotations and teaching several CME courses and Grand Rounds.

Dr. Ewing is involved in several studies involving quality of care among breast cancer survivors. Specifically, these involve post-surgery symptom management, and customizing risk assessment and tailoring treatment to the individual patient's medical profile and preferences. Her primary focus in on how being a breast cancer survivor affects the quality of life in different race/ethnic groups, and how that relationship is modified by social support, depression, and spirituality.

Dr. Ewing is a member of most of the major surgical societies, and has been the recipient of several awards, including the Susan G. Komen Local Hero Award.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, BS 1974, Zoology
Wayne State University, MD, 1983, Medicine
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, University of Michigan, Resident, 1983-1988, Surgery
University of Chicago, Fellow, 1988-1991, Surgical Oncology

Professional Experience

  • 1983-1996
    Director, Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program; University of Chicago
  • 1991-2000
    Assistant Professor of Surgery; University of Chicago
  • 1996-1/2001
    Private Practice; St. Vincent Hosp., Santa Fe, NM (Gen. and Surg. Oncol.)
  • 2001-2013
    Associate Adjunct Prof. Surgery; UCSF
  • 2013-present
    Professor of Surgery; UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • American Association of Cancer Research Travel Award
  • Women in Medicine Profession Development Travel Award
  • 1992
    Young Surgical Investigator Travel Award - American College of Surgeons
  • September 2000
    Teaching Award - instruction in Family Practice Resident Lafamilia Clinic/University of New Mexico.

Selected Publications

  1. Wang F, Amara D, Peled AW, Sbitany H, Foster RD, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ. Negative Genetic Testing Does Not Deter Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy in Younger Patients with Greater Family Histories of Breast Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Oct; 22(10):3338-45.
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  2. Amara D, Peled AW, Wang F, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ. Tumor Involvement of the Nipple in Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy: Strategies for Management. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 May 29.
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  3. Fowble B, Park C, Wang F, Peled A, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman L, Foster R, Sbitany H, Hanlon A. Rates of Reconstruction Failure in Patients Undergoing Immediate Reconstruction With Tissue Expanders and/or Implants and Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Jul 1; 92(3):634-41.
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  4. Wang F, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman L, Foster R, Sbitany H. The impact of breast mass on outcomes of total skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate tissue expander-based breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Mar; 135(3):672-9.
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  5. Sbitany H, Wang F, Peled AW, Lentz R, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Fowble B, Foster RD. Immediate implant-based breast reconstruction following total skin-sparing mastectomy: defining the risk of preoperative and postoperative radiation therapy for surgical outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Sep; 134(3):396-404.
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  6. Wang F, Peled AW, Garwood E, Fiscalini AS, Sbitany H, Foster RD, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. Total skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction: an evolution of technique and assessment of outcomes. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Oct; 21(10):3223-30.
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  7. Sbitany H, Wang F, Saeed L, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Foster RD. Immediate implant-based breast reconstruction following total skin-sparing mastectomy in women with a history of augmentation mammaplasty: assessing the safety profile. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jul; 134(1):1-9.
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  8. Cureton EL, Yau C, Alvarado MD, Krontiras H, Ollila DW, Ewing CA, Monnier S, Esserman LJ. Local recurrence rates are low in high-risk neoadjuvant breast cancer in the I-SPY 1 Trial (CALGB 150007/150012; ACRIN 6657). Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Sep; 21(9):2889-96.
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  9. Wang F, Peled A, Foster R, Wang E, Ewing C, Alvarado M, Esserman L, Sbitany H. Abstract 124: outcomes of total skin-sparing mastectomy and reconstruction in 924 breasts over 11 years. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar; 133(3 Suppl):139.
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  10. Peled AW, Irwin CS, Hwang ES, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ. Total skin-sparing mastectomy in BRCA mutation carriers. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Jan; 21(1):37-41.
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  11. Chang EI, Peled AW, Foster RD, Lin C, Zeidler KR, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. Evaluating the feasibility of extended partial mastectomy and immediate reduction mammoplasty reconstruction as an alternative to mastectomy. Ann Surg. 2012 Jun; 255(6):1151-7.
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  12. Peled AW, Foster RD, Garwood ER, Moore DH, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. The effects of acellular dermal matrix in expander-implant breast reconstruction after total skin-sparing mastectomy: results of a prospective practice improvement study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jun; 129(6):901e-908e.
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  13. Warren Peled A, Foster RD, Stover AC, Itakura K, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. Outcomes after total skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate reconstruction in 657 breasts. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Oct; 19(11):3402-9.
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  14. Itakura K, Lessing J, Sakata T, Heinzerling A, Vriens E, Wisner D, Alvarado M, Esserman L, Ewing C, Hylton N, Hwang ES. The impact of preoperative magnetic resonance imaging on surgical treatment and outcomes for ductal carcinoma in situ. Clin Breast Cancer. 2011 Mar; 11(1):33-8.
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  15. Liu LC, Lang JE, Lu Y, Roe D, Hwang SE, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Morita E, Treseler P, Leong SP. Intraoperative frozen section analysis of sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer patients: a meta-analysis and single-institution experience. Cancer. 2011 Jan 15; 117(2):250-8.
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  16. Warren Peled A, Itakura K, Foster RD, Hamolsky D, Tanaka J, Ewing C, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ, Hwang ES. Impact of chemotherapy on postoperative complications after mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction. Arch Surg. 2010 Sep; 145(9):880-5.
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  17. Chan LW, Rabban J, Hwang ES, Bevan A, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman L, Fowble B. Is radiation indicated in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ and close or positive mastectomy margins? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 May 1; 80(1):25-30.
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  18. Mukhtar RA, Throckmorton AD, Alvarado MD, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Chiu C, Hwang ES. Bacteriologic features of surgical site infections following breast surgery. Am J Surg. 2009 Oct; 198(4):529-31.
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  19. Yoo GJ, Aviv C, Levine EG, Ewing C, Au A. Emotion work: disclosing cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2010 Feb; 18(2):205-15.
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  20. Lang JE, Liu LC, Lu Y, Jenkins T, Hwang SE, Esserman LJ, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Morita E, Treseler P, Leong SP. Prognostic implications of positive nonsentinel lymph nodes removed during selective sentinel lymphadenectomy for breast cancer. Breast J. 2009 May-Jun; 15(3):242-6.
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