Vu T. Nguyen, MD

Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery


Fax: 412-648-1987

Scaife Hall, Suite 6B

3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15224, 


Dr. Vu Nguyen is currently an Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery. He completed his undergraduate studies at Texas Christian University and earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Nguyen finished the combined residency program in General and Plastic Surgery, in addition to a two-year research fellowship, at the University of Pittsburgh. Following which, he completed the clinical fellowship in Microsurgery, Breast, and Aesthetic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Serletti. The focus of his fellowship training centered on the spectrum of microsurgical techniques for breast reconstruction—including SIEA, DIEP, muscle-sparing free TRAM, and gluteal (GAP) free flap procedures. Additional elements of the fellowship included implant-based breast reconstruction and advanced aesthetic procedures.

Dr. Nguyen’s clinical practice includes the full spectrum of adult reconstructive and aesthetic surgery; with a particular focus on microsurgery and breast reconstruction (including perforator flap techniques, direct-to-implant reconstruction, nipple-sparing mastectomy, and oncoplastic reconstruction). Building on his previous research in the area of vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA), Dr. Nguyen’s research interests include microsurgical models of VCA and clinical outcomes in breast reconstruction. 

Dr. Nguyen joined the academic faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 and has been appointed Associate Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program, Director of Medical Student Education, and Section Chief of Plastic Surgery at the VA Medical Center. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh; with appointments at Magee-Womens Hospital, the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center, Presbyterian-Montefiore Hospitals, and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.


Referred Articles

Hamad GG, Nguyen VT, DeMaria EJ. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in a patient with intestinal malrotation. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2004 Oct;14(5):306-9. | View Abstract »

Clavijo-Alvarez JA, Rubin JP, Bennett J, Nguyen VT, Dudas J, Underwood C, Marra KG. A novel perfluoroelastomer seeded with adipose-derived stem cells for soft-tissue repair. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Oct;118(5):1132-42. | View Abstract »

Nguyen VT, Taieb A, Sacks JM, Unadkat JV, Clavijo JA, Kim H, Feili-Hariri M, Lee WPA. Allopeptide-pulsed dendritic cells and composite tissue allograft survival. Microsurgery. 2007 Mar; 27(2):105-11. | View Abstract »

Clavijo-Alvarez JA, Nguyen VT, Santiago LY, Doctor JS, Lee WPA, Marra KG. Comparison of biodegradable conduits within aged rat sciatic nerve defects. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 May; 119(6):1839-51. | View Abstract »

Sacks JM, Kuo YR, Taieb A, Breitinger J, Nguyen VT, Thomson AW, Feili-Hariri M, Lee WP. Prolongation of composite tissue allograft survival by immature recipient dendritic cells pulsed with donor antigen and transient low-dose immunosuppression. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Jan;121(1):37-49. | View Abstract »

Vega SJ, Nguyen VT, Forsberg C, Hua LB, Kirkley SA, Herrera HR, Serletti JM. Efficacy of preoperative autologous blood donation in free TRAM flap breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 May;121(5):241e-246e. | View Abstract »

Nguyen V, Wollstein R. Civilian gunshot wounds to the fingers treated with primary bone grafting. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg: 2009 Dec;62(12):e551-5. | View Abstract »

Schneeberger S, Gorantla VS, Brandacher G, Zeevi A, Demetris AJ, Lunz JG, Metes DM, Donnenberg AD, Shores JT, Dimartini AF, Kiss JE, Imbriglia JE, Azari K, Goitz RJ, Manders EK, Nguyen VT, Cooney DS, Wachtman GS, Keith JD, Fletcher DR, Macedo C, Planinsic R, Losee JE, Shapiro R, Starzl TE, Lee WP. Upper-Extremity Transplantation Using a Cell-Based Protocol to Minimize Immunosuppression. Ann Surg. 2012 Sep 21. | View Abstract »

Reviews, Invited Published Papers, Proceedings, Books and Book Chapters

Rubin JP, Nguyen V, Schwentker A. Perioperative management of the post-gastric-bypass patient presenting for body contour surgery. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. 2004 Oct;31(4):601-10. | View Abstract »

Lee WPA, Nguyen VT. Perspectives on Hand Transplantation. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. 2005 Oct;32(4):463-70. | View Abstract »

Nguyen V, Shestak KC. Separation of anatomic components method of abdominal wall reconstruction – clinical outcome analysis and an update of surgical modifications using the technique. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. 2006 Apr;33(2):247-57. | View Abstract »

Nguyen VT, Shestak KC. “Separation of anatomic components” method of abdominal wall reconstruction. Operative Techniques in General Surgery. 2006 Dec; 8(4):183-191.

Nguyen VT. Breast Augmentation. Current Reconstructive Surgery. 2013:541-554.

Research Lab Affiliation

Lab Role

Principal Investigator