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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. Schwab ME, Burke S, Klarich MK, Vu LT. Factors and Growth Trends Associated with the Need for Gastrostomy Tube in Neonates with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2021 Jun 10. View in PubMed
  2. Patricia C. Conroy, Chinwendu Onwubiko, Lan Vu. Symptomatic duodenal web diagnosed in a young adult. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2020 Nov 1; 62:101635. View in PubMed
  3. M.B. Ferschl, J. Feiner, L. Vu, D. Smith, M.D. Rollins. A Comparison of Spinal Anesthesia Versus Monitored Anesthesia Care With Local Anesthesia in Minimally Invasive Fetal Surgery. Obstetric Anesthesia Digest. 2020 Sep 1; 40(3):145-146. View in PubMed
  4. Schwab ME, Song H, Mattis A, Phelps A, Vu LT, Huang FW, Nijagal A. De novo somatic mutations and KRAS amplification are associated with cholangiocarcinoma in a patient with a history of choledochal cyst. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Dec; 55(12):2657-2661. View in PubMed
  5. 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
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