Dr. Lui studied physics as an undergraduate at Harvard before attending medical school at Johns Hopkins. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of California San Francisco, which included two years of research in the UCSF Thoracic Oncology Laboratory and completion of a Master in Advanced Studies in clinical research. Dr. Lui went on to hold a fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, during which she participated in visiting rotations at Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Lui’s surgical practice consists of general thoracic surgery with a focus on thoracic oncology and robotic thoracic surgery. Her research interests include intraoperative molecular imaging for lung cancer localization, increasing rates of lung cancer screening, and using artificial intelligence to predict lung cancer recurrence. She is the recipient of the Donald B. Doty Educational Award in 2019 from the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, the Dwight C. McGoon Award for teaching from the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association in 2020, and the Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation and Women in Thoracic Surgery in 2022.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (2019)
  • BA, Harvard University, Physics (2002)
  • MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Medicine (2007)
  • MAS, University of California San Francisco, Clinical research (2012)
  • Residency, University of California San Francisco, General surgery (2014)
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Thoracic surgery (2016)

Honors & Awards
  • Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship Award, Thoracic Surgery Foundation and Women in Thoracic Surgery (2018)
  • Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship Award, Thoracic Surgery Foundation and Women in Thoracic Surgery (2022)
  • Donald B. Doty Educational Award, Western Thoracic Surgical Association (2019)
  • Dwight C. McGoon Teaching Award, Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (2020)

Administrative Appointments
  • Unit-Based Medical Director, J6, Stanford Hospital (2019 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Thoracic Surgery Clinic in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Thoracic Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Esophagus Center Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

420 Broadway Street, Pavilion D, 2nd Floor

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 736-5555

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Chest Wall Surgery Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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(98 reviews)

Still appreciate her and her team. Thank you.
Dr. Lui was very thorough with her interview questions, and listened when I had something to say. She explained everything in a way that was easy to take in and understand. Most of all, she was kind and understanding.
Compassionate, great bedside manner, grateful for dr Lui’s experitise!
She is very thorough and answered all my questions. No question was to big or small. She is very professional and personable. I trust her and her team.
A talented professional with a great personality
I was very pleased with Dr. Lui’s manner. She was extremely pleasant and patient. She has a very relaxing and warm personality. I’m very happy that she will be my surgeon.
She is professional, intelligent and easy to talk to.
An excellent doctor and a very personable and caring woman.
Seems like an outstanding practioner and I look forward to benefting from her care.
Excellent Dr I would recommend her to anyone
Knowledgeable; competent; caring
She is great and very professional
She’s very knowledgeable, caring, and pleasant.
Dr Lui was friendly and thorough. I had several questions and she took the time to fully respond. She was, as always, very professional.
Great job
Dr Lui was very helpful and explained my options very clearly.. Exellent video bust.
Dr Lui is a very nice and very informative
Dr. Natalie Lui covered all my concerns. She was a pleasure to deal with.
She’s amazing
Very easy to understand. Great experience
I trust Dr. Lui and appreciate her
The finest doctor I've ever had the good fortune of being treated by.
Very easy to talk to her and get clear explanations.
She's a great doctor. Make sure she doesn't leave Stanford!
She is a great listener. She also explained everything very thoroughly in terms my husband and I could understand. When she discussed my situation, I felt that she took all factors into consideration.
Natalie Lui is terrific
She's very helpful and understanding.
Dr. Lui is a kind, caring and intelligent woman. I have trusted her with my life.
Very friendly and so very well prepared!
She is a terrific doctor.
I am very satisfied with every aspect of Natali Lui’s treatment of my lung cancer
She’s awesome!
Dr Lui covered my upcoming surgery in great detail and gave all of the necessary information I had concerns with.
Dr. Lui was very professional and caring. Took a great deal of time to explain medical procedures and options, and to listen to me and answer my questions.
She explains things so tou understand
She is absolutely wonderful I am so fortunate to have had her for my surgeon she is amazing. I’m looking forward to picture day and a consult next August in person
Dr. Lui was very informative, very patient, and very professional.
Very professional and informative on the procedure needed
What a delightful young woman. I’m confident in her skills and knowledge and am glad she will be my surgeon
Dr. Lui was professional, thorough, and friendly. Her nurses were also quite good. Dr. Lui was detained on another video visit, so her nurses took that time to get a thorough medical/symptom/family history from me.
I will write a letter to the staff regarding what wonderful care I got
She was very personable, attentive and knowledgeable. All great qualities a patient appreciates in a doctor.
Very through, options and procedure explained.
Very good Dr.
I feel extremely lucky to have Dr. Lui in charge of my health issues. She is so comfortable to work with and especially smart.
She’s a good Dr. answered all your questions
Late due to some previous overrun of time. Dr. Lui had not had time to totally prepare for the meeting, I had to inform her of tests and results that had been supplied to Stanford two weeks previously and results that were transmitted this week from Kaiser. She did a good job of answering my questions, but single members of a team con only speak to their part, the whole procedure of this cancer therapy is still quite a mystery to me. And to remind the physicians, until it is clear and having a benefit greater than the risk, I may walk away.
Dr Lui was both informative and interested in understanding my concerns. She deserves top billing!
I feel after meeting with Dr. Natalie Lui, that she is an expert in her field an I am in the best of care under her command! I trust her judgement and decisions about my issue.
Great doctor and she answered all of my questions.
Dr. Lui was VERY thorough! I like the fact that she asked very specific questions and that she wanted to be very clear about my symptoms. Dr. Lui was also very clear on what was going on before speaking with me. Dr. Lui is also very friendly.
She answered all my questions before I needed to ask and she made me feel confident in her and Stanford to do my surgery. Thank you
Dr.Lui was very nice and thougholy explained what my surgery will entail. She madee feel at ease about the surgery I so desperately need! I am confident in her credentials and very hopeful of a great outcome! I can't wait to have this surgery done!
Helpful and positive.
Patient, Professional medical knowledge and friendly
She is awesome! She made what was happening to me very easy to understand. I thank her for taking care of me!
Dr. Lui went over my most recent lung CT, and provided me with information regarding surgery, and why, at this time SBRT will be the best course of action. She answered my questions regarding radiation vs. surgery. Her manner was very considerate and respectful of my worries and concerns. The visit I had with her nurse Angela, before I met with Dr. Lui, was also very thorough and kind. I very much appreciated the manner with which they addressed my worries and concerns and felt like I was heard and answered. Thank you!
I was very impressed with Dr Lui.
Dr. Lui is a wonderful surgeon and a wonderful and compassionate woman. Love her. She saved my life.
Dr. Lui is a very concerned, helpful physician and very through. IF you have to have lung surgery, I strongly recommend her.
The Best!
She is excellent! Caring and explains things very well! Highly recommend her!
Thank for your patience and great job. I feel lucky I am able to see you in Stanford hospital.
Very informative
My first impression was that she was an excellent doctor and she addressed all my questions.
Excellent on all counts!
Very helpful and informative. Answered all my questions. Made a recommendation for another test. Did not pressure me into an immediate decision about surgery.
Natalie is great. She and her assistants are so easy to talk to and are very knowledgeable. Now that Stanford is working with Dignity Health Care, it seems more upgraded.
very impressive and pleasant
She is very nice and knowledgeable. She patiently answered all of my questions and showed me my X-rays.
She was very helpful and professional
I’m not one to like anyone very much, but I like her very much.
Natalie Lui was very kind to me and gave me the time to answer all of my questions. This was very helpful and gave me confidence in the doctor.
This was our first visit. Conversation with Dr.Lui was very confortable and clear. We're very happy to meet with her. Mahalo
She is a huge asset to Stanford and the medical field at large. She’s incredibly knowledgeable and equally important is expressive and genuine in her thoughts and feelings. I’ve seen doctors who are now “too robotic†and lacking the water motions we all need and want when dealing with a life threatening disease. She’s at the absolute top of quality care and I can only imagine she will be leading a larger team one day....but I hope she’s used to teach other young doctors. I cannot say enough about how much I like and respect her.
Ms. Lui was very friendly and helpful with all of my concerns and explained the procedures well. I was very pleased with the video conference and her sense of confidence.
Great doctor. Great visits with her all the time
Great doctor...answered all my questions with no problem.
Very helpful. answered all my questions.
Very professional and knowledgeable
Good Doctor
Very nice and thorough
Thorough, thoughtful, competent physician. It is because of her I have decided to pursue my care at Stanford.
Without any place for doubt Dr. Lui is an excellent professional and of a very courteous treatment.
Dr. Lhi consistently exhibits a caring and positive outlook, which always eases any anxieties I feel about a surgical procedure -
Very good.
All questions answered, I was given lots of praise for good healing, very thorough with explanations.
Both of my doctors are "super." Best there is!
Dr. Lui is excellent. I felt very comfortable with her. Patients who have had her as their surgeon give rave reviews. My surgery is elective. She was a 2nd opinion for me & I plan to schedule surgery with her.
I am going to return to Dr. Lui again.
Very clear. Good sense of humor.
Dr. Lui and her team are fantastic!
Dr. Lui and her staff was most helpful and courtesy was in the highest degree. Thank you to all.
Dr. Lui, Laura/Natalie - Everyone was pleasant, informative, and reassuring.
I was impressed with Dr. Lui. I'm very confident about my upcoming surgery with her.
She's just the greatest, 100% faith in her. I would not have gotten this excellent care, treatment in my home town.

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