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Lan Vu


  • Associate Professor, Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgeon


Dr. Lan Vu is a pediatric surgeon at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Her research interests include studying outcomes for children with surgically-correctable birth defects. Her interest in global health includes establishing sustainable collaborations with countries in Southeast Asia. She is an assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Surgery.

Born in Vietnam, Dr. Vu immigrated to the United States in 1981.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from UC Berkeley (1998) and graduated from UCSF Medical School in 2003.  During her time as a medical student, 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 returns to UCSF after completing her pediatric surgery training at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Education & Training

  • University of California, San Francisco Graduate Division (Advance Training in Clinical Research)

Clincial Trials


  • 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. PubMed
  • 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.
  • 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. PubMed
  • 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.
  • 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 10 01; 73(4):555-559. PubMed
  • Ross JT, Liang NE, Phelps AS, Squillaro AI, Vu LT. A Novel Thoracic Ultrasound Measurement After Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair Identifies Decreased Diaphragmatic Excursion Associated With Adverse Respiratory and Surgical Outcomes. Front Pediatr. 2021; 9:707052. PubMed
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. PubMed
  • 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. PubMed
  • 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. PubMed
  • 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. PubMed
  • Zamora IJ, Vu LT, Larimer EL, Olutoye OO. Water-absorbing balls: a "growing" problem. Pediatrics. 2012 Oct; 130(4):e1011-4. PubMed
  • 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. PubMed
  • 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. PubMed
  • 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. PubMed
  • 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. PubMed
  • Vu LT, Nobuhara KK, Lee H, Farmer DL. Conflicts in wound classification of neonatal operations. J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Jun; 44(6):1206-11. PubMed
  • 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. PubMed
  • John J. Garcia, Lan T. Vu, Peter Stock, Lee Ann Baxter Lowe. 58-P: Efficacy of LABScreen reagents for detection of post transplant HLA antibodies. Human Immunology. 2008 Oct 1; 69:s36.
  • Lee Ann Baxter Lowe, Lan Vu, John Garcia, Peter Stock. 63-P: The impact of HLA disparity in pediatric kidney recipients. Human Immunology. 2008 Oct 1; 69:s39.
  • 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. PubMed
  • Vu LT, Nobuhara KK, Lee H, Farmer DL. Determination of risk factors for deep venous thrombosis in hospitalized children. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Jun; 43(6):1095-9. PubMed
  • Vu LT, Nobuhara KK, Laurent C, Shaw GM. Increasing prevalence of gastroschisis: population-based study in California. J Pediatr. 2008 Jun; 152(6):807-11. PubMed
  • Vu LT, Farmer DL, Nobuhara KK, Miniati D, Lee H. Thoracoscopic versus open resection for congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations of the lung. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Jan; 43(1):35-9. PubMed
  • Kramar M, Vu L, Whitson JT, He YG. The effect of intravitreal triamcinolone on intraocular pressure. Curr Med Res Opin. 2007 Jun; 23(6):1253-8. PubMed
  • Vu LT, Luce J, Knudson MM. Image of the month--leiomyosarcoma of the breast. Arch Surg. 2006 Dec; 141(12):1263-4. PubMed
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