Kim-Chi Vu, MD

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Listed in Portland

  • 15390 NW Cornell Road Suite 225, Beaverton, OR 97006
  • (503) 601-2910

American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2005

One of only a handful of female plastic surgeons in Portland, Dr. Kim-Chi Vu attended the University of Portland as an undergraduate and graduated from medical school at the Oregon Health Sciences University, where she also completed her surgical residency.

Dr. Vu, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, specializes in not only cosmetic and reconstructions, but also in hand trauma surgeries. During her residency, Dr. Vu was involved in several research projects, including the heparin effect on thrombocytopenia, bioresorbable rib stabilization in rib fractures, and a clinical study on composite grafting for correction of bilateral cleft nasal deformity.

Originally from Vietnam, Dr. Vu and her family immigrated to the United States when she was about six years old. They originally resided in Tennessee and moved to Portland, in 1978, where she has remained. Dr. Vu is married to Andrew Nguyen, an engineer, and they have a son and a daughter. Her hobbies include running, tennis, volleyball, and spending as much time as possible with her family.

Dr. Vu’s exceptional knowledge of her field comes not only from her plastic surgical experiences but also from continuing education by attending local as well as national meetings in the field of plastic surgery year around. In addition, she has a background in hand trauma, which is a valuable complement to her usual work. While very different in some respects from carefully choreographed cosmetic procedures, emergency surgeries she performs on hand trauma patients keep her surgical skills at the highest level. “My work in cosmetics and trauma complement one another,” Dr. Vu acknowledges. “Trauma keeps me attuned to the minute level of detail that will restore function to an injured hand, while cosmetic work requires an aesthetic, almost artistic, appreciation of how the body works.”

Dr. Vu offers a full range of plastic surgical procedures which may include but is not limited to breast augmentation, body contour surgeries like tummy tucks, liposuction, or body lifts, as well as facial rejuvenation including face lift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery. Dr. Vu is also interested in pursuing areas of post-bariatric surgery and surgeries for men. Dr. Vu feel that these two areas have not been given much attention, whether due to being a sensitive topic or because these areas have not been given much media attention. “I feel that everyone has his or her own reason to wish or desire to look good, feel better and have confidence about themselves.”

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