Our face is fundamental to our identity and how we connect with the world. I am devoted to helping patients put their best face forward.


Dr. Lu is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon within the Department of Otolaryngology. She completed her fellowship training in facial plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins with expertise in the treatment of facial paralysis. She completed her otolaryngology residency at the University of Kansas after graduating from Northwestern University’s honors program in medical education.

Dr. Lu is dedicated to providing high-quality, comprehensive medical and surgical care to patients with complete and incomplete facial paralysis. She practices the full spectrum of head and neck reconstruction including microvascular free tissue transfer as well as aesthetic facial rejuvenation. Her primary sites of practice are Harborview Medical Center and the VA Puget Sound.


Undergraduate Education: Northwestern University, B.Sc. 2009

Medical School: Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, M.D. 2013

Residency: University of Kansas Medical Center, 2013-2018

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2018-2019

Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, 2019

Memberships: American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons, Sir Charles Bell Society

Awards and honors 

2019: Jack R. Anderson Prize for Scholastic Excellence, American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery

2018: Resident Teacher of the Year Award: University of Kansas Otolaryngology Department

2017: Deborah Park Resident Award: Excellence in Clinical Medicine

2017: Resident, Post Doctorate, Fellows Research Forum – Best Resident Oral Presentation Award

2017: KU Women in Medicine Society – Best Overall Oral Presentation Award

2016-2017: University of Kansas Resident Representative, Section for Residents and Fellows, AAO-HNS

2016: Basic Science Research Award: University of Kansas Otolaryngology Department

2015-2018: Resident Book Award for Scholastic Excellence: University of Kansas Otolaryngology

2009: Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Distinction: Northwestern University

Academic interests 


Facial Paralysis, Bells Palsy, Synkinesis, Mobius Syndrome, Nasal Obstruction, Nasal Cancers, Nasal Septal Deviation and Perforation, Rhinoplasty, Mohs defect facial reconstruction, Skin cancer facial reconstruction, Parotidectomy, Facial trauma, head and neck cancer surgery, Skin resurfacing, Scar revision, Botox and facial filler injection, Otoplasty, Microtia, Brow lift, Face lift, Blepharoplasty


Dr. Lu’s primary research interest include surgical advancement and patient outcomes in the treatment of facial paralysis.

Recent Publications

Cho DY, Willborg BE, Lu GN. Management of Traumatic Soft Tissue Injuries of the Face., Semin Plast Surg 2021 Nov; 35(4):229-237

Tang P, Kirby MA, Le N, Li Y, Zeinstra N, Lu GN, Murry CE, Zheng Y, Wang RK. Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography with single input for imaging depth-resolved collagen organizations., Light Sci Appl 2021 Nov; 10(1):237

Kidwai SM, Lu GN. Mandibular Body Fractures., Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am 2022 Feb; 30(1):99-108

Froines CP, Connor N, Li E, Yoda RA, Gonzalez-Cuyar LF, Lu GN, Fu R, Zhang M. Breaking the mold: a case of recalcitrant eyelid subconjunctival infection by ., Orbit 2021 Oct1-4

Lu GN, Byrne PJ. Temporalis Tendon Transfer Versus Gracilis Free Muscle Transfer: When and Why?, Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am 2021 Aug; 29(3):383-388