Dr. Pu received his medical degree from Peking University School of Medicine (formally Beijing Medical University) and a M.Sc. degree in Surgery from Capital Institute of Medicine in Beijing, China. He subsequently completed his surgical research fellowship and received a Ph.D. degree in experimental surgery from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He did his general surgery residency and plastic surgery research fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, CT. He then completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and was trained under several renowned plastic surgeons in the country. He was board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2001. Dr. Pu was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Kentucky in 2000 and was promoted early to an Associate Professor of Surgery with Tenure in 2004. In 2007, he was recruited by the University of California, Davis as a Professor of Plastic Surgery, and the Director of Reconstructive Microsurgery. In addition, he is an Honorary Professor of Plastic Surgery at Plastic Surgery Hospital and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, the Department of Plastic Surgery at Fourth Military Medical University (Xian), and the Department of Plastic Surgery at Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital.
Dr. Pu has very well-rounded clinical skills in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery especially in microsurgery, complex reconstruction, and cosmetic surgery. He is known for his ability to solve difficult clinical problems with innovative techniques. He has made many contributions to lower-extremity reconstruction, reconstructive breast surgery, and other areas of reconstructive surgery. In addition, he also has expertise in structural fat grafting, minimally invasive facial cosmetic surgery, and cosmetic surgery of the breast. He has significant expertise in surgical research and has made recognized contributions in endothelial cell seeding of vascular grafts, angiogenic stimulation for ischemic legs or flaps, fat transplantation, cryopreservation of adipose tissues, and stem cell research.
Dr. Pu has 155 scientific publications in numerous peer-reviewed journals and published 39 book chapters. He has published, as the leading editor, the first comprehensive textbook in plastic surgery (Reconstructive Surgery of the Lower Extremity, Quality Medical Publishing, Inc. 2013) and for the first ever textbook in plastic surgery (Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Asians: Principles and Techniques, CRC Press 2015). He is also serving as the leading editor for Clinics in Plastic Surgery on fat grafting.(Two issues, Elsevier, 2015) He has made 96 scientific presentations as the first author or co-author at regional, national, and international meetings. He was featured 9 times in Newsletters and received several awards. He is an associate editor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a section editor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is also on the editorial board for Annals of Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery Journal. He is a frequent invited reviewer for 31 peer-reviewed journals. He has served 62 visiting professorships and given 213 invited lectures and keynote presentations both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Pu is an oral examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has served on many national or international committees, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Plastic Surgery Research Council, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery(Traveling Professor), and International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery (On Executive Committee and also a Founding Member). He is a past President of the Kentucky Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Triumvirate of the Presidium of the World Association for Plastic Surgeons of Chinese Descent. He holds prestigious memberships in the American Surgical Association, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Plastic Surgery Research Council, and International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and International College of Surgeons (FICS).