Lee Pu, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.

Lee L.Q. Pu, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.


Cosmetic Facial Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive

Surgery - Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive

Surgery - Plastic Surgery




  • Professor, Department of Surgery


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UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Primary Phone:
800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Cannery Building

3301 C St., Suite Suite 1100
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Additional Phone Numbers

Phone: Academic Office (916) 734-7289
Fax: Academic Office Fax (916) 734-7104
Clinic Phone: 916-734-2680
Clinic Fax: 916-734-7417
Clinic Fax: 916-319-7048
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Pu strives to assure his patients receive the highest quality of patient care, safety, and surgical outcome after a cosmetic or reconstructive surgical procedure. His relationship with his patients and their safety is a priority in his practice. Dr. Pu's patients receive personalized care with compassion and have the best possible results after surgery. As a surgeon, innovator, and educator, Dr. Pu possesses a unique set of skills and always strives to be the best in a procedure of your choice.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Pu is known for his ability to solve difficult clinical problems with innovative techniques in both reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgeries. He has made many contributions to lower-extremity reconstruction, reconstructive breast surgery, and many other areas of reconstructive surgery including microsurgery. In addition, he also has expertise in structural fat grafting, minimally invasive facial cosmetic surgery, and cosmetic surgery of the breast.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Pu's research interests focus on long-term preservation of adipose tissues, improvement of fat grafting technique, and application of stem cell technology.


Plastic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Medical Group


M.D., Peking University Health Science Center (formerly Beijing University School of Medicine), Beijing, China, 1984

Internship: Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport CT 1994


Plastic Surgery, University of South Florida Affiliated Hospitals, Tampa FL 1997-2000

General Surgery, Yale University, New Haven CT 1993-1996


Surgical Research Fellowship and PhD Training, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1989-1993

Plastic Surgery Research, Yale University, New Haven CT 1996-1997

Board Certifications

American Board of Plastic Surgery,

CA Medical Board, License,

Professional Memberships

American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Fellow

American College of Surgeons - Fellow

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Surgical Association, Fellow

California Society of Plastic Surgeons

International College of Surgeons, Fellow

International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery (Founding Member)

Plastic Surgery Research Council

Sacramento Society of Plastic Surgeons

World Association of Plastic Surgeons of Chinese Descent (Founding Member)

World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Honors and Awards

Sacramento Top Doctors (Plastic Surgery), 2019

Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018

America's Top Plastic Surgeons, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

Best of 2011 Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons, Plastic Surgery Practice, 2011

Marquis Who�s Who in America, 2010

Top USA Plastic Surgeons, 2009

The First Place in Resident Paper Competition: Ameen Habash, MD and Lee L.Q. Pu, MD, PhD (Senior Author) �The viability of fat grafts harvested by conventional liposuction and LipiVage system: A comparative study. The 2006 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Society of Plastic Surgeons, Louisville, KY, September, 2006

America�s Top Surgeons, 2006

America's Top Physicians, 2005

Select Recent Publications

Pu LLQ, Chiu DTW. The seventh world congress for plastic surgeons of Chinese descent: Another successful meeting in Mainland China. Ann Plast Surg. 2020. in press.

Pu LLQ. Song P. The modified skate flap: A new technique for nipple-areola complex reconstruction in implant-based breast reconstruction. Aesthetic Surg J Open Forum. 2020. in press.

Bailey CM, Hinchcliff KM, Pu LLQ. Dog bites in the United States from 1971 to 2018: A systematic review of the peer-reviewed literature. Plast Recons Surg. 2020. in press.

Zhan D, Li Q, Huang X, Gao Y, Gu B, Pu LLQ, Xu X, Gu S, Khoong Y, Li Q. Augmentation of perforator flap blood supply with sole or combined vascular supercharge and flap prefabrication for difficult head and neck reconstruction. Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2020 Jul 13. doi:10.1089/fpsam.2020.0040. Online ahead of print.

Zeiderman MR, Bailey CM, Arora A, Pu LLQ. Anterior tibial vessel turnover as recipient vessel for complex free tissue transfer around the knee. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2020 May 26;S1748-6815(20)30252-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2020.05.069.  Online ahead of print.

Luna J, Pu LLQ. Special International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery (ISPRES) scientific program in San Diego, United States. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020 May;8(5):e2821. doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000002821.

Shu Z, Gal S, Pu LLQ. Update on cryopreservation of adipose tissue and adipose-derived stem cells. Plast Recons Surg. 2015 Apr;42(2):209-18. doi:10.1016/j.cps.2014.12.001. Epub 2015 Feb 10.

Zeiderman MR, Pu LLQ. Contemporary reconstruction after complex facial trauma. Burn and Trauma. 2020 Feb;8:1-10. doi:10.1093/burnst/tkaa003.

Song P, Xu X, Chen ML, Pu LLQ. Prevention and management of serious complications after facial fat grafting. Clin Plastic Surg. 2020 Jan;47(1):165-171. doi:10.1016/j.cps.2019.08.013. Epub 2019 Oct 21.

Pu LLQ. Fat grafting for facial rejuvenation: My preferred approach. Clin Plastic Surg. 2020 Jan;47(1):19-29. doi:10.1016/j.cps.2019.08.002. Epub 2019 Oct 25.