Project Description

Xiao Zhu, MD

Xiao Zhu graduated from Duke University with a B.A. Degree in Chemistry. He then pursued a year of basic science research investigating receptor biochemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz before matriculating to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2013. During his medical education, he was member of the Physician-Scientist Training Program and was awarded the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellowship to study contractile signaling pathways in renal vascular smooth muscle cells. Dr. Zhu began his surgical training as an integrated resident within the Department of Plastic Surgery at UPMC in 2018.

Why Pitt?

Pitt Plastic Surgery possesses a long-standing tradition of training national leaders within the field of Plastic Surgery. The breadth and depth of clinical volume here are unparalleled, as are its research opportunities that continue to shape and define the field. More than just colleagues, it’s a family of faculty and residents dedicated to each other and their craft.


• Ross H. Musgrave M.D. Plastic Surgery Award (2018)
• William K. Sieber M.D. Pediatric Surgery Award (2018)
• Bert and Sally O’Malley Award for Outstanding Medical Student Research (2018)
• Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2017)
• HHMI Medical Research Fellowship (2015)
• Physician-Scientist Training Program (2013)
• Order of Omega, Duke University (2010)
• SURP-ASPET Molecular Pharmacology Fellowship (2010, 2011)


Dr. Zhu has published nearly 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts in both basic and clinical projects relevant to renal hypertension, Neurosurgery, and Plastic Surgery. He has also contributed to numerous abstracts and presentations at local, regional, and national meetings.