University of California San Francisco

Lan Vu, MD
Lan Vu, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Director LIFE Program
Associate Director Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco


Location Required, #001
United States

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415-476-0447


    Dr. Lan Vu is a pediatric surgeon at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Her research interests include outcomes for children with surgically correctable birth defects. Her interest in global health includes establishing sustainable collaborations with countries in Southeast Asia.

    Born in Vietnam, Vu immigrated to the United States in 1981. She earned her medical degree from UCSF. Her time as a medical student included a year as a research assistant to Dr. Hanmin Lee in the UCSF Division of Pediatric Surgery. During this time, she also worked as a domestic violence counselor in the Asian Women's Shelter in San Francisco.

    Vu finished her general surgery residency at UCSF. During her residency, she completed a two-year pediatric surgery research fellowship and earned a master's degree in clinical research. She completed her pediatric surgery training at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.



    Institution Degree Dept or School End Date
    University of California, San Francisco M.A.S. in Clinical Research Graduate Division (Advance Training in Clinical Research) 2008

    Clinical Expertise

    Abdominal Wall Defects (gastroschisis/omphalocele)

    Advanced Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy

    Bariatric Surgery

    Colorectal Surgery

    Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

    Congenital Lung Lesions

    Esophageal Atresia/Tracheoesophageal fistula

    Endocrine (pancreas and thryoid/parathyroid) Surgery

    Hepatobiliary Surgery

    Intestinal Rehabilitation

    Surgical Oncology


    Clinical Trials

    1. Related Conditions: Pectus Excavatum| Start Date: | End Date:

    In the News


    1. Nutritional Management of Infants With a Giant Ruptured Omphalocele: Clinical Observations From a Single Institution Case Series.
      Burke S, Laverde R, Klarich MK, Vu LT| | View in PubMed
      Perseus Patel, Emily Stekol, Emily Kao, Mel Heyman, Lan T. Vu, Sofia G. Verstraete| | View in PubMed
    3. Oral Feeding in Infants After Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair While on Non-invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation: The Impact of a Dysphagia Provider-Led Protocol.
      Schwab ME, Crennan M, Burke S, Sang H, Klarich MK, Keller RL, Vu LT| | View in PubMed
    4. Inaccurate Capture of Primary Language Spoken at Home in the Pediatric Medical Record Is Independently Associated with Low Parent Activation in a Pediatric Surgical Population.
      Lauren L. Evans, Phillip Kim, Amy M. Shui, Ann A. Lazar, Dinora M. Murota, Joy Q. Jin, Chinwendu Onwubiko, Lan Vu, Aaron R. Jensen, Hanmin Lee| | View in PubMed
    5. Factors and Growth Trends Associated With the Need for Gastrostomy Tube in Neonates With Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.
      Schwab ME, Burke S, Klarich MK, Vu LT| | View in PubMed
    6. A Novel Thoracic Ultrasound Measurement After Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair Identifies Decreased Diaphragmatic Excursion Associated With Adverse Respiratory and Surgical Outcomes.
      Ross JT, Liang NE, Phelps AS, Squillaro AI, Vu LT| | View in PubMed
    7. Symptomatic duodenal web diagnosed in a young adult.
      Patricia C. Conroy, Chinwendu Onwubiko, Lan Vu| | View in PubMed
    8. A Comparison of Spinal Anesthesia Versus Monitored Anesthesia Care With Local Anesthesia in Minimally Invasive Fetal Surgery.
      M.B. Ferschl, J. Feiner, L. Vu, D. Smith, M.D. Rollins| | View in PubMed
    9. De novo somatic mutations and KRAS amplification are associated with cholangiocarcinoma in a patient with a history of choledochal cyst.
      Schwab ME, Song H, Mattis A, Phelps A, Vu LT, Huang FW, Nijagal A| | View in PubMed
    10. Esophagoesophagopexy technique for assisted fistulization of esophageal atresia.
      Chumfong I, Lee H, Padilla BE, MacKenzie TC, Vu LT| | View in PubMed
    11. Closer Look at the Nutritional Outcomes of Patients After Primary Repair of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.
      Vu LT, McFarland C, Bratton B, Lee H| | View in PubMed
    12. Surgical site infections in neonates and infants: is antibiotic prophylaxis needed for longer than 24 h?
      Vu LT, Vittinghoff E, Nobuhara KK, Farmer DL, Lee H| | View in PubMed
    13. Water-absorbing balls: a "growing" problem.
      Zamora IJ, Vu LT, Larimer EL, Olutoye OO| | View in PubMed
    14. Endoscopic specimen pouch technique for removal of giant fibroadenomas of the breast.
      Cheng PJ, Vu LT, Cass DL, Hicks MJ, Brandt ML, Kim ES| | View in PubMed
    15. HLA-DR matching in organ allocation: balance between waiting time and rejection in pediatric kidney transplantation.
      Vu LT, Baxter-Lowe LA, Garcia J, McEnhill M, Summers P, Hirose R, Lee M, Stock PG| | View in PubMed
    16. Outcomes of multigestational pregnancies affected by congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
      Jancelewicz T, Vu LT, Keller RL, Jelin EB, Bratton BJ, Townsend TC, Nobuhara KK| | View in PubMed
    17. Long-term surgical outcomes in congenital diaphragmatic hernia: observations from a single institution.
      Jancelewicz T, Vu LT, Keller RL, Bratton B, Lee H, Farmer D, Harrison M, Miniati D, Mackenzie T, Hirose S, Nobuhara K| | View in PubMed
    18. Conflicts in wound classification of neonatal operations.
      Vu LT, Nobuhara KK, Lee H, Farmer DL| | View in PubMed
    19. Neighbourhood contexts and low birthweight: social disconnection heightens single parents risks in Saskatoon.
      Muhajarine N, Vu LT| | View in PubMed
    20. 58-P: Efficacy of LABScreen reagents for detection of post transplant HLA antibodies.
      John J. Garcia, Lan T. Vu, Peter Stock, Lee Ann Baxter Lowe| | View in PubMed
    21. 63-P: The impact of HLA disparity in pediatric kidney recipients.
      Lee Ann Baxter Lowe, Lan Vu, John Garcia, Peter Stock| | View in PubMed
    22. Predicting strangulated small bowel obstruction: an old problem revisited.
      Jancelewicz T, Vu LT, Shawo AE, Yeh B, Gasper WJ, Harris HW| | View in PubMed
      L Vu, L A. Baxter-Lowe, J Garcia, M McEnhill, P Stock| | View in PubMed
    24. Determination of risk factors for deep venous thrombosis in hospitalized children.
      Vu LT, Nobuhara KK, Lee H, Farmer DL| | View in PubMed
    25. Increasing prevalence of gastroschisis: population-based study in California.
      Vu LT, Nobuhara KK, Laurent C, Shaw GM| | View in PubMed
    26. Thoracoscopic versus open resection for congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations of the lung.
      Vu LT, Farmer DL, Nobuhara KK, Miniati D, Lee H| | View in PubMed
    27. The effect of intravitreal triamcinolone on intraocular pressure.
      Kramar M, Vu L, Whitson JT, He YG| | View in PubMed
    28. Image of the month--leiomyosarcoma of the breast.
      Vu LT, Luce J, Knudson MM| | View in PubMed