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

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  • Associate Professor of Surgery, OHSU; Consultant/Attending, Portland VA Medical Center; Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program Director

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (241 Ratings, 78 Comments)


  • Cancer
  • Digestive Health
  • Surgery

Special focus on

  • Anal Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Digestive Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • General Surgery
  • Surgery


  • 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


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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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2007-Present

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (241 Ratings, 78 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Aug 01, 2019

    Needs to improve on his communication skills. Good doctor lacks empathy for his patients.

  • Jun 07, 2019

    Couldn't have gone better.

  • May 10, 2019

    Doctor was very professional and warm

  • May 10, 2019

    Dr. Kim Lu was very very professional and I'm sure he knows what he's doing. I think I would have a perfect confidence in him. He just was not extra friendly at all. He was not rude or unfriendly, but did not respond to some of my comments or didn't seem to have a sense of humor. That's all but he like I said, he was not rude just wasn't overly friendly. That's all.

  • May 09, 2019

    Dr. Lu is very caring doctor NEVER AND I MEAN NEVER have I had a doctor like Dr. Lu. always apologizes if he is running late.

  • May 09, 2019

    This provider was very professional,informative and polite.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    Dr. Kim Lu is a very kind soft spoken man. He made feel feed and comfortable. I only waited less than. Give minutes before being called and left to the exam room. Dr. Kim On came in with in five minutes.It was a very pleasant visit and the new exam rooms are large enough to get my power wheelchair in. The nurses were kind and curtios and very helpful. One of the receptionist kindly led me down to the cafe.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Very professional, excellent surgical results, thorough follow up exam and treatment.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    Pleasant. Professional.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Dr. Lu has always been so patient. So kind and very concerned about my health. So I would highly recommend him to any of my friends or colleagues that need that type of service.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    Dr. Lu's a very good doctor with a lot of patience and very knowledgeable and able to break terms down into understandable language.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    I found Dr. Lu to be extremely, extremely intelligent and knowledgeable and very straightforward. Answered questions distinctly, and I feel very let's see...I'm sorry I'm having trouble with words. I...I'm...I'm very grateful to have had Dr. Lu as my physician and surgeon for the procedure that was necessary for me. If it were possible to continue seeing Dr. Lu, I certainly would. With my present insurance I don't know if that's going to happen, but I recommend him most*

  • Apr 03, 2019

    Very caring and considerate people

  • Apr 02, 2019

    Thorough. Spoke in plain language, took time to answer my questions. Not the most personable provider I have ever encountered, pretty straight to the point.

  • Mar 28, 2019

    I have been going to Dr. Lu for years. He performed my bowel resection, and several years later, removed my skin tag. I find him very competent, thorough, humble, and compassionate. I would recommend his services to anyone seeking G.I. care in his specialty.

  • Mar 19, 2019

    The provider was very professional and knowledgeable.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    Good as always

  • Mar 14, 2019

    Kind, professional, on time, overall great experience. entire staff was friendly and kind

  • Mar 05, 2019

    It took for ever to register when checking in. Dr Lu seemed to be in a hurry to finish seeing me but did provide a plan of how to proceed with my symptoms, diagnosis and possible treatment.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    I had a great experience with this doctor. He's informative and I like him. Thank you, bye.

  • Mar 04, 2019

    Dr Lu was very professional and informative. I felt he had my well being in mind.

  • Feb 26, 2019

    Everyone was very professional, appointment we're on time

  • Feb 24, 2019

    Dr. Lu was great. He took time to explain everything so I understood it. He was thorough and patient.

  • Feb 06, 2019

    Great Doctor

  • Jan 25, 2019

    Yes, this provider is an excellent doctor. He was very informative as to what was being done and how long it would take this whole. Staff and him was very professional.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    My provider was well educated He seemed to know what he was talking about and I took him as a highly intelligent surgeon.

  • Jan 18, 2019

    He takes the time to listen to you and really values his patients.

  • Jan 15, 2019

    He came in with understanding the way I was feeling, showed compassion, understanding, spoke in a manner that I could understand him. Just truly a caring gentleman.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    I have no problem with him. He was very thorough. He was very polite. I don't didn't know what quite to expect I was a little disappointed. It is hair hadn't been home tonight reason. I know that is because there was looks like not the back of his head. But other than that she was fine.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Dr. Lu is courteous, professional, kind and always has plenty of time for patient questions - and yeah, great guy.

  • Jan 04, 2019

    I have been wanting to get an ostomy done for 20, over 20 years. And my life has been the most pleasant since my surgery then it's been since November of 1990. There's just no words to express the Improvement is made on my life. And I think Dr. Kim very much.

  • Dec 05, 2018

    Dr Lu is a great doctor

  • Dec 01, 2018

    Competent and good sense of humor appropriate to his practice

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Dr. Lu, Is an amazing doctor, he explains to you what is going on in a clear and simple manner. He is direct & pulls no surprises in his explanation of your condition.

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Very pleasant to talk to. Really understood my problem and explained every aspect of my treatment.

  • Nov 17, 2018

    We think the world of Dr. Lu. my dad had a bowel obstruction in July and he removed it. My dad did great, Dr. Lu was wonderful, his whole team was. Then in dealing with him, and then again just recently had another surgery where Dr. Lu sewed his ... took out his ostomy bag and sewed him back up and again, wonderful experience. He is our superhero for my dad. We just really appreciate Dr. Lu quite a bit.

  • Nov 07, 2018

    Dr. Lu and staff were consistently professional and friendly.

  • Oct 30, 2018

    Seems very knowledgeable about handling the situation that I have.

  • Oct 27, 2018

    I had a very good experience with Dr. Lu and his staff. They answered all my questions that I had and I came out feeling a whole lot better than I had going in.

  • Oct 24, 2018

    Great doctor who really cares!

  • Oct 23, 2018

    He was very thorough and answered all of my questions

  • Oct 17, 2018

    Great Dr. listens, makes a plan and gives wonderful care!

  • Oct 17, 2018

    Sensitive, knowledgeable,kind.

  • Sep 18, 2018

    The seemed knowledgeable and listened to my concerns, but I don't feel like the reason I came into the office was addressed specifically. I came in for severe abdominal pain, but was treated only for a small tear in my anus. Sure, it's good to have that treated too but... it really has nothing to do with abdominal pains.

  • Sep 11, 2018

    Thorough, respectful and knowledgeable about my particular health history

  • Aug 31, 2018

    Dr. Lu quite literally saved my life so really, what can I say? He is quite focused and seems very driven to solve the problems he is tasked with. My personal situation is likely routine to him but very embarrassing for me due to the nature of my cancer and the exams but he always goes about them as if they are just another day at the office. For someone as modest as myself I appreciate his thoughtfulness during these extremely painful exams.

  • Aug 28, 2018

    He saved my life and greatly improved my quality of life. I am so very thankful for Dr Lu

  • Aug 26, 2018

    He had an appointment with my elderly mother. He speaks too fast and cannot managem to speak in laymans terms. After I told him he needed to work on his "Geriatric Speak" he continued in the same manner. She does not want to go back and will continue with the problem she went in with, untreated.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Excellent, caring, thorough.

  • Aug 21, 2018

    Dr. Wu was thoughtful, interested, patient and matter of fact. I felt completely respected and cared for. My issues fall into some of the most difficult to discuss or ask for help with and Dr. Wu?s manner put me completely at ease.