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Lan Vu, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco

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  • 1998, UC Berkeley, B.A., Biochemestry
  • 2003, UC San Francisco, M.D., Medicine
  • 2010, UCSF Medical Center, Surgery
  • 2012, Texas Childrens Hospital, Pediatric Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Defects (gastroschisis/omphalocele)
  • Advanced Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)
  • Congenital Lung Lesions
  • Endocrine (pancreas and thryoid/parathyroid) Surgery
  • Esophageal Atresia/Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Intestinal Rehabilitation
  • Surgical Oncology

Dr. Lan Vu is a pediatric surgeon at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. Born in Vietnam, she immigrated to the United States in 1981. During her time as a medical student at UCSF, she spent a year as a research assistant with Dr. Hanmin Lee in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at UCSF and worked as a domestic violence counselor in the Asian Women's Shelter in San Francisco.

Dr. Vu finished her general surgery residency at UCSF in 2010. During her residency, she completed a two-year pediatric surgery research fellowship and received a master's degree in Clinical Research at UCSF. She returned to UCSF after completing her pediatric surgery training at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Vu is the director of Long-term Infant to adult Follow-up and Evaluation (LIFE) program, a multidisciplinary team that provides care to patients with complex surgical congenital anomalies.  In addition, she leads the surgical quality improvement efforts at the children's hospital as the surgeon champion of NSQIP Pediatric and chair of the Perioperative Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Committee.  

Most recent publications from a total of 15
  1. Chumfong I, Lee H, Padilla BE, MacKenzie TC, Vu LT. Esophagoesophagopexy technique for assisted fistulization of esophageal atresia. Pediatr Surg Int. 2018 Jan; 34(1):63-69. View in PubMed
  2. Vu LT, McFarland C, Bratton B, Lee H. Closer Look at the Nutritional Outcomes of Patients After Primary Repair of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 08; 65(2):237-241. View in PubMed
  3. Vu LT, Vittinghoff E, Nobuhara KK, Farmer DL, Lee H. Surgical site infections in neonates and infants: is antibiotic prophylaxis needed for longer than 24 h? Pediatr Surg Int. 2014 Jun; 30(6):587-92. View in PubMed
  4. Cheng PJ, Vu LT, Cass DL, Hicks MJ, Brandt ML, Kim ES. Endoscopic specimen pouch technique for removal of giant fibroadenomas of the breast. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Apr; 47(4):803-7. View in PubMed
  5. Vu LT, Baxter-Lowe LA, Garcia J, McEnhill M, Summers P, Hirose R, Lee M, Stock PG. HLA-DR matching in organ allocation: balance between waiting time and rejection in pediatric kidney transplantation. Arch Surg. 2011 Jul; 146(7):824-9. View in PubMed
  6. Jancelewicz T, Vu LT, Keller RL, Jelin EB, Bratton BJ, Townsend TC, Nobuhara KK. Outcomes of multigestational pregnancies affected by congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Sep; 45(9):1753-8. View in PubMed
  7. Jancelewicz T, Vu LT, Keller RL, Bratton B, Lee H, Farmer D, Harrison M, Miniati D, Mackenzie T, Hirose S, Nobuhara K. Long-term surgical outcomes in congenital diaphragmatic hernia: observations from a single institution. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Jan; 45(1):155-60; discussion 160. View in PubMed
  8. Vu LT, Nobuhara KK, Lee H, Farmer DL. Conflicts in wound classification of neonatal operations. J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Jun; 44(6):1206-11. View in PubMed
  9. Muhajarine N, Vu LT. Neighbourhood contexts and low birthweight: social disconnection heightens single parents risks in Saskatoon. Can J Public Health. 2009 Mar-Apr; 100(2):130-4. View in PubMed
  10. Jancelewicz T, Vu LT, Shawo AE, Yeh B, Gasper WJ, Harris HW. Predicting strangulated small bowel obstruction: an old problem revisited. J Gastrointest Surg. 2009 Jan; 13(1):93-9. View in PubMed
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