Nina Lu, MD


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.

Current CV


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,


Awards and Honors

Clinical 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


Research Areas

Research Focus

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