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Catphuong “Cathy” L. Vu, M.D.

Catphuong “Cathy” L. Vu, M.D.

Hand, Elbow, Upper extremity fractures, Microsurgery



Dr. Vu grew up in Lilburn, Georgia and graduated from Parkview High School. She attended Princeton University, where she majored in Molecular Biology with minors in Neuroscience and Spanish and graduated with honors in 2011. She returned to Georgia and earned her medical degree from Emory University along with a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory Rollins School of Public Health where she was a member of the Delta Omega national honor society.

After Emory, Dr. Vu completed her residency at the University of Washington Orthopaedics program, which has been ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top orthopedic residency programs in the United States. While at UW, she was selected as an Administrative Chief Resident, elected to the AOA Resident Leadership Program, and participated in the ORS Clinician Scholar Career program.

Following residency, she was awarded a Hand, Upper Extremity and Microsurgery Fellowship at Duke University where she trained with national leaders in shoulder, elbow, hand, and microsurgery. During her time in residency and fellowship, Dr. Vu presented at national conferences and published articles in peer reviewed journals related to hand and upper extremity.


• Hand surgery
• Elbow surgery
• Upper extremity fractures
• Microsurgery




Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
Doctor of Medicine
June 2012-May 2017

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Atlanta, GA
Master of Public Health: Epidemiology
May 2015- May 2016

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
A.B. in Molecular Biology
September 2007-June 2011
Certificates (minors) in Neuroscience and Spanish
Cum laude


University of Washington Seattle, WA
Orthopaedic Surgery
July 2017-June 2022

Duke University
Durham, NC
Hand, upper extremity and microsurgery fellowship
August 2022-July 2023


USMLE Step 1: Passed 2014
USMLE Step 2: Passed 2015
USMLE Step 3: Passed 2017
ABOS Part I Board Eligible: Passed 2022


• American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)—candidate member
• American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS)—candidate member
• American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)—candidate member
• American Orthopedic Association–Emerging Leader
• Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS)—candidate member
• Duke Hand Society


• Administrative Chief Resident–UW Orthopaedic Residency – 2021-2022
• University of Washington Lauren Spine Research Paper Award – June 2022
• AOA Resident Leadership Forum – October 2020
• Orthopaedic Research Society: Clinician Scholar Career Development Program– September 2020
• American Association of Hand Surgery Webinar Series 2021: Top 5 Trauma Abstracts– Biomechanical Study of Proximal Hamate Autograft in Scaphoid Nonunion
• Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society AAOS Resident Scholarship – March 2020
• ASSH Resident Annual Meeting Scholarship – October 2020
• Washington State Orthopaedic Association Annual Conference Resident Research Competition–2nd place best resident research presentation–September 2019
• Delta Omega Honor Society – May 2016
• Sigma Xi Research Honor Society – May 2011


Review Articles

Richard M, Vu, C. Forearm Nonunions-From Masquelet to Free Vascularized Bone Grafting. Hand Clinics. 2023 Sept. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Rebolledo P*, Vu C*, Carlson R, Kraft C, Anderson E, and Burd E. Polymicrobial ventriculitis involving Pseudomonas fulva. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2014 Jun; 52(6): 2239-41. *co-authors 

Vu C, Cheng J, Frayler K, Midzi N. Spotlight on Lymphatic Filariasis and Trachoma in Zimbabwe: assessing baseline data for control program development. In: 6th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health; 2015 March 26-28; Boston, MA. Annals of Global Health: Elsevier Inc.; 2015.

Runner R, Castilleja G, Smith M, Vu C, Guild G. Efficacy of Hybrid Plasma Scalpel in Reducing Blood Loss and Transfusions in Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Feb; 32(2):458-462.

Runner R, Bellamy J, Vu C, Erens G, Guild G. Modified Frailty Index as Predictors of Reoperation in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Sep; 32(9S):S177-S182

Patel A, Vu C, Shi J, Robertson D, Rhee J. Risk Factors of Lumbar Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis. Spine Journal, 2017 Oct; 17(10): S161-S162

Vu C, Runner R, Schenker M. The Frail Fail: Increased Mortality and Postoperative Complications in Orthopaedic Trauma Patients.  Injury. 2017 Nov; 48(11):2443-2450

Bellamy J, Runner R, Vu C, Bradbury T, Roberson J. Modified Frailty Index Is an Effective Risk Assessment Tool in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Oct; 32(10):2963-2963

Rege R, Runner R, Staley C, Vu C, Aora S, Schenker M. Frailty Predicts Mortality and Complications in Chronologically Young Patients with Traumatic Orthopaedic Injuries. Injury. 2018 Dec; 49(12): 2234-2238.

Armaghani S, Grabel Z, Vu C, Yoon T. Variations in Treatment of C1 Fractures by Time, Age, and Geographic Region in the United States: An Analysis of 985 Patients. Orthop Rev. 2018 Dec; 10 (4): 7834.

Grabel Z, Armaghani S, Vu C, Jain A, Yoon T. Variations in Treatment of C2 Fractures by Time, Age, and Geographic Region in the United States: An Analysis of 4818 Patients. World Neurosurg. 2018 May; 113.

Vu C, Gendelberg D. Classifications in Brief: AO Thoracolumbar Classification System. CORR. 2020 Feb; 478(2): 434-440.

Vu C, White K, Bompadre V, Lindberg A, Bauer J. Prospective Spine at Risk Program for Prevalence of Intracanal Spine Lesions in Pediatric Hereditary Multiple Osteochondromas. Spine Deformity. 2020 May.

Hoang D, Vu C, Jackson M, Huang J. An Anatomic Study of Metacarpal Morphology Utilizing CT Scans: Evaluating Parameters for Antegrade Intramedullary Compression Screw Fixation of Metacarpal Fractures. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2020 Oct.

Hoang D, Vu C, Huang J. Evaluation of Antegrade Intramedullary Compression Screw Fixation of Metacarpal Shaft Fractures in Cadaver Model. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2021 Jan.

Vu C, Telfer S, Huang J. Biomechanics of Proximal Hamate Autograft in Scaphoid Nonunion. Journal of Wrist Surgery. 2023 Apr 13.