Michele M. Carpenter, MD

Michele M. Carpenter, MD

Breast Surgery
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
City of Orange Breast Surgery
1010 West La Veta Avenue
Suite 475
Orange, California 92868


Dr. Michele Carpenter is a breast surgeon who sees patients in the Orange office, and performs surgery in community hospitals and local surgery centers, including St. Joseph Hospital of Orange and Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills. She has dedicated her entire professional practice to breast cancer diagnosis and care, and uses a team approach to care for both the mind and the body of her breast cancer patients. She is board certified in surgery.

Dr. Carpenter earned her medical degree from Georgetown University. She then completed her general surgery residency at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, after which she spent one year aboard the USS Acadia as the chief medical officer, and served 10 years in the U.S. Navy.

After her military work, Dr. Carpenter was the Breast Program director at Scripps Clinic Medical Group, where she worked for 11 years. She was also a clinical instructor and lecturer for the state-funded Breast Cancer Early Detection Program's Proficiency in Breast Examination Course; a clinical advisor and consultant for clinical breast protocols for the cancer detection section of the California Department of Health Services; and a board member of the American Cancer Society Breast Health Initiative team. She was also president of the San Diego Society of General Surgeons and the San Diego Surgical Society, and served as Chief of Staff for medical staff at St. Joseph Hospital.

In addition to her current work with UCLA Health, Dr. Carpenter is the breast program director at St. Joseph's Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment in Orange. She continues to act as a reviewer and a member of the Ultrasound Committee as well as the Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Committee for the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and has coauthored and participated as the principle investigator for several studies on intraoperative radiation therapy for breast cancer, and cooperative group trials.

Dr. Carpenter lives in south Orange County. She is married with three daughters, who live in Irvine and Oak Harbor, Washington. When she's not working, she loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Link to Dr. Carpenter's complete CV




Medical Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 1990


General Surgery, Naval Medical Center-San Diego, 1989


General Surgery, Naval Medical Center-San Diego, 1984


MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1983


Areas of Focus

Oncoplastic breast surgery
Lymph node biopsy
Breast diseases
Benign breast lump



  1. Single Fraction Intraoperative Radiotherapy
    Start of enrollment: 2012-02-01
    Afshin Forouzannia, MD
  2. Early Surgery or Standard Palliative Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IV Breast Cancer
    Start of enrollment: 2011-02-01
    Carpenter, M.M.
  3. Intraoperative Boost Radiotherapy With Electrons (IOERT) Followed By Hypofractionated Whole-Breast Irradiation
    Start of enrollment: 2011-01-01
    Afshin Forouzannia, MD et al


  • Super Doctors® Southern California 2022, 2023
  • Best Doctors, 2012-2018
  • Orange County CA Physician of Excellence, OCMA, 2011-2012, 2014-2018
  • Top Doctors: LA Area, Castle Connolly, 2013
  • Top Doctors: San Diego Area, Castle Connolly, 2013
  • Orange County CA Physician of Excellence, e.g. National Academy of Sciences, 2011
  • Scranton Preparatory School T. Donald Rinfret Alumni Award, 2010
  • University of Scranton Frank O'Hara Alumni Award, 2009