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Carlos U. Corvera, M.D., FACS

Professor & Chief, Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery
Chief, Surgical Oncology Program
Maurice Galante Distinguished Professorship in Hepatobiliary Surgery
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Academic Office
1600 Divisadero Street
Box 1932 | University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94143-1932
Voice (415) 353-9294
Fax (415) 353-9695
Carlos.Corvera@ucsf.edu
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  • 1983-86 University of California, Davis, CA  B.S. Biochemistry College of Agricultural and Environmental Science
  • 1989-93 University of California, San Diego Medical School.  M.D.  La Jolla, CA
  • 1993-1995,University of California, San Francisco, Intern and Resident,Surgery
  • 1995-1998 University of California, San Francisco, Research Fellow Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • 998-2000,University of California, San Francisco, Senior Resident Surgery
  • 2000-2001,University of California, San Francisco, Chief Resident Surgery
  • 2001-2002, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Fellow ,Surgical Oncology, New York,  New York
  • 2002-2003, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Fellow, Hepatobiliary Surgery, New York,  New York
  • American Board of Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery Program
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCSF Department of Surgery at the San Francisco VA
  • Proteases and Proteinase Activated Receptors in the Biliary Tract

Carlos Corvera, M.D. is Professor of Surgery and Chief of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery at UCSF.  A trained surgical oncologist, Dr. Corvera has extensive experience in the treatment of benign and malignant hepatobiliary disease including hepatocellular carcinoma (primary liver cancer), liver metastases, and cancers of the stomach, gall bladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. Additionally, Dr. Corvera performs surgery for  melanoma and  soft tissue sarcomas. Dr. Corvera specializes in complex and intricate cancer surgeries, including minimally invasive liver resections that greatly minimize post-operative pain and speed recovery. Dr. Corvera, who performs a high volume of such procedures, is also a pioneer and innovator of surgical techniques in the field.

Dr. Corvera graduated from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at UCSF, and prestigious fellowships in surgical oncology and hepatobiliary surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. 

In May 2013, Dr. Corvera was installed as the President of the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society, the alumni society for the UCSF Department of Surgery and served for the 2013-2014 term. Dedicated to surgical excellence, the society has long served as a forum fostering collaboration between surgeons and promoting surgical advances through its educational forums.

Dr. Corvera's scientific research interest is focused on understanding the mechanisms of biliary tract fibrosis and inflammation.  More specifically, he is interested in studying the clinical consequences of biliary fibrosis-- mainly cholestatisis. Cholestasis is characterized by impaired bile flow causing a high concentration of bile acids in the liver and the circulation.  Prolonged exposure to bile acids in the liver can progress to end-stage liver disease and cirrhosis. In the gastrointestinal tract, the absence of bile flow causes profound local and systemic metabolic disturbances. Dr.Corvera is actively investigating the role of a novel cell surface receptor specific for bile acids that may play a critical role in normal and disease states.

MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 57
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  1. Freise J, Mena J, Wen KW, Stoller M, Ho S, Corvera C. A rare presentation of hepatolithiasis in an adolescent patient: A case report. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2020 Jun 12; 72:343-345. View in PubMed
  2. Wisneski AD, Carter J, Nakakura EK, Posselt A, Rogers SJ, Cello JP, Arain M, Kirkwood KS, Hirose K, Stewart L, Corvera CU. Ampullary stenosis and choledocholithiasis post Roux-En-Y gastric bypass: challenges of biliary access and intervention. HPB (Oxford). 2020 Apr 24. View in PubMed
  3. Kasai Y, Mahuron K, Hirose K, Corvera CU, Kim GE, Hope TA, Shih BE, Warren RS, Bergsland EK, Nakakura EK. A novel stratification of mesenteric mass involvement as a predictor of challenging mesenteric lymph node dissection by minimally invasive approach for ileal neuroendocrine tumors. J Surg Oncol. 2020 Apr 14. View in PubMed
  4. Kasai Y, Hirose K, Corvera CU, Kim GE, Hope TA, Shih BE, Harun N, Kim MO, Warren RS, Bergsland EK, Nakakura EK. Residual tumor volume discriminates prognosis after surgery for neuroendocrine liver metastasis. J Surg Oncol. 2019 Dec 11. View in PubMed
  5. Kasai Y, Mahuron K, Hirose K, Corvera CU, Kim GE, Hope TA, Shih BE, Warren RS, Bergsland EK, Nakakura EK. Prognostic impact of a large mesenteric mass >2?cm in ileal neuroendocrine tumors. J Surg Oncol. 2019 Dec; 120(8):1311-1317. View in PubMed
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