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Kim C. Lu M.D., F.A.C.S.

  • (503) 494-4373
    • Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery School of Medicine

After the completion of his Colon and Rectal Surgery fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in 2005, Dr. Lu joined the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery at OHSU, and was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery in 2005. He serves concurrently as a Consulting Attending Physician at the VA Hospital. During his tenure, he has completed the Certificate in Human Investigations Program in 2008, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery in 2011.

Dr. Lu is deeply involved in the education of colorectal surgical fellows, residents, and medical students, as well as in the continuing education of colon and rectal and general surgeons. Institutionally, he has served as the Program Director for the OHSU Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship since 2009, and serves on several education and diversity committees, including the School of Medicine Diversity Task Force, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Women in Academic Medicine, and is the First Chair on the Committee for Diversity Affairs. Nationally, he is involved with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, serving on the Self-Assessment, Continuing Medical Education, and Program Committees. In addition, he is a Group Leader for question writing for Board examinations for ASCRS, serves as an Examination Consultant to the Certifying Committee for the American Board of Surgery, and is an Associate Examiner for the Oral Examination Committee for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Lu is also a reviewer for several surgical publications, including World Journal of Surgery, Annals of Surgery, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, British Journal of Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, and Surgical Innovation. He is sought after, institutionally, locally, and nationally to lecture on colon and rectal cancer and common benign colorectal and anorectal diseases.

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  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts 1993
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 1997-2004
  • Fellowship:

    • Colon and rectal surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2004-2005
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Surgery, 2005; Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2006

Memberships and associations

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2007-Present


  • "Initial surgical management of ulcerative colitis in the biologic era" Diseases of the Colon and Rectum  2014
  • "Interleukin-6 and interferon-γ gene polymorphisms in the development of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome after lung transplantation" Transplantation November 15 2002
  • "Management of colonic injuries in the combat theater" Diseases of the Colon and Rectum May 2010
  • "Specialized practice reduces inpatient mortality, length of stay, and cost in the care of colorectal patients" Diseases of the Colon and Rectum July 2011
  • "Dramatic decreases in mortality from laparoscopic colon resections based on data from the nationwide inpatient sample" JAMA Surgery May 2011
  • "Surgeon leadership enables development of a colorectal cancer biorepository" American Journal of Surgery May 2013
  • "Concomitant allorecognition of mismatched donor HLA class I- and class II- derived peptides in pediatric lung transplant recipients with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome" Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation January 1 2003
  • "Steroids and one-stage restorative proctocolectomy in ulcerative colitis" World Journal of Surgery March 2007
  • "Psychiatric Illness is a Disparity in the Surgical Management of Rectal Cancer" Annals of Surgical Oncology September 11 2015
  • "Effect of Surgical Approach on 30-Day Mortality and Morbidity After Elective Colectomy" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery June 2012
  • "Surgical Management of Crohn's Disease" Surgical Clinics of North America February 2013
  • "A unique case of Hajdu-Cheney syndrome and squamous cell carcinoma of the anus" Colorectal Disease  2009
  • "Laparoscopic colectomy reduces morbidity and mortality in obese patients" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques August 2013
  • "Chemoradiotherapy with a radiation boost for anal cancer decreases the risk for salvage abdominoperineal resection" Annals of Surgical Oncology October 1 2014
  • "Anal Fissure" Surgical Clinics of North America February 2010
  • "Increasing the number of lymph nodes examined after colectomy does not improve colon cancer staging" Journal of the American College of Surgeons  2014
  • "Laparoscopic converted to open colectomy" American Journal of Surgery May 2011
  • "Use and outcomes of emergent laparoscopic resection for acute diverticulitis" American Journal of Surgery May 2012
  • "Stage III & IV colon and rectal cancers share a similar genetic profile" American Journal of Surgery May 2013
  • "Avirtual reality endoscopic simulator augments general surgery resident cancer education as measured by performance improvement" Journal of Cancer Education  2014
  • "Laparoscopic proctectomy after neoadjuvant therapy" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques June 2011
  • "The genetics of inflammatory bowel disease" Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery September 2005
  • "Trends in the Surgical Management of Crohn’s Disease" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery August 19 2015
  • "Utilization of laparoscopic colectomy in the united states before and after the clinical outcomes of surgical therapy study group trial" Annals of Surgery August 2011
  • "Ethnicity Influences Lymph Node Resection in Colon Cancer" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery  2010
  • "Prevention of obliterative airway disease in HLA-A2-transgenic tracheal allografts by neutralization of tumor necrosis factor" Transplantation November 15 2001
  • "Strictureplasty for Treatment of Crohn’s Disease" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery May 1 2015
  • "In vitro T cell proliferation from kidney allograft biopsies with unremarkable pathology" Transplantation January 15 2002
  • "Nomogram for Predicting Overall Survival and Salvage Abdominoperineal Resection for Patients with Anal Cancer" Diseases of the Colon and Rectum January 1 2016
  • "HIV positivity and anal cancer outcomes" American Journal of Surgery October 30 2015

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