Dr. Doanh Lu is a Vietnamese born American. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995, and was awarded her Medical Doctor degree in 2001 from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. From 2001-2004 Dr. Lu did her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona, and from 2004-2006 went on to subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases at the University of Southern California. She returned to Vietnam in 2006 to work in the US PEPFAR (President’s emergency plan for AIDS relief) program through Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam. She held an academic appointment as an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard. Her work involved training Vietnamese clinicians in all public HIV clinics in the care and treatment of HIV infected persons, and helping to write the Vietnam Ministry of Health’s clinical guidelines on HIV care and treatment for adults and children.
Dr. Lu remains committed to the care of HIV infected persons. She joined the Hawaii Center for AIDS and Clint Spencer Clinic upon returning to the States, in July 2020, as a staff physician. She is also in charge of the onsite clinic for the Gregory House Program, a transitional housing program serving homeless HIV persons. In addition to HIV, Dr. Lu is interested in hepatitis B and C, and sexually transmitted diseases.
She also had considerable dermatology experience, having practice for several years in a dermatology clinic. She gained her dermatology skill through Cardiff University, UK, where she was awarded the Diploma of Practical Dermatology, with Merit, in 2014.