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Lan Vu, M.D.

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Division of Pediatric Surgery
  • Director LIFE Program
  • Associate Director Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
  • 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.  

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  1. Burke S, Laverde R, Klarich MK, Vu LT. Nutritional Management of Infants With a Giant Ruptured Omphalocele: Clinical Observations From a Single Institution Case Series. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2023 03 01; 76(3):e61-e65. View in PubMed
  2. Perseus Patel, Emily Stekol, Emily Kao, Mel Heyman, Lan T. Vu, Sofia G. Verstraete. Sa1635: IMPACT OF NUTRITION AND GROWTH MEASURES ON POUCHITIS FOLLOWING PROCTOCOLECTOMY FOR PEDIATRIC ULCERATIVE COLITIS. Gastroenterology. 2022 May 1; 162(7):s-449. View in PubMed
  3. Schwab ME, Crennan M, Burke S, Sang H, Klarich MK, Keller RL, Vu LT. Oral Feeding in Infants After Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair While on Non-invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation: The Impact of a Dysphagia Provider-Led Protocol. Dysphagia. 2022 10; 37(5):1305-1313. View in PubMed
  4. 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. 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. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2021 Nov 1; 233(5):s178-s179. View in PubMed
  5. James T. Ross, Norah E. Liang, Andrew S. Phelps, Anthony I. Squillaro, Lan T. Vu. A Novel Thoracic Ultrasound Measurement After Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair Identifies Decreased Diaphragmatic Excursion Associated With Adverse Respiratory and Surgical Outcomes. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2021 Aug 5; 9:707052. View in PubMed
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