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 specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including robotic thoracic surgery. Her clinical focus extends to all aspects of general thoracic surgical diseases, including lung and esophageal cancer and airway diseases such as tracheomalacia. Her research focus is clinical and translational, including intraoperative fluorescence imaging. She is happy to be back in California and enjoys the warm weather, good food, and beautiful outdoors.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular 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 (2018)
  • 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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(46 reviews)

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.
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!
Patient, Professional medical knowledge and friendly
Helpful and positive.
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 very concerned, helpful physician and very through. IF you have to have lung surgery, I strongly recommend her.
The Best!
Very informative
Thank for your patience and great job. I feel lucky I am able to see you in Stanford hospital.
She is excellent! Caring and explains things very well! Highly recommend her!
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 was very helpful and professional
She is very nice and knowledgeable. She patiently answered all of my questions and showed me my X-rays.
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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