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Bovey Zhu, MD

(415) 353-9500

My Philosophy


Bovey Zhu, MD - Facial PlasticsWith every patient I meet, my goal is to first understand your specific concerns and goals, conduct a detailed exam and analysis, and then have a thoughtful and honest discussion about your options and the pros and cons of each. My primary objective is to do what is best for my patients, and I will never sell you a surgery or product. I try my best to be thorough and give each patient the time that he/she deserves in order to make sure we are both on the same page with what we want to (and are able to) achieve.

I believe that the best facial plastic surgeons possess both an analytic mindset and an aesthetic eye—combining science and art—while also having the experience to realize what is practical. My engineering and military background has taught me the importance of attention to detail and constructing solid, long-lasting results. And as a photographer with a critical eye, I have discovered that beauty often lies in subtlety. Just as how slight alterations in composition or color can completely change a photo, I have seen how a millimeter or two can make a dramatic difference in someone’s face.

Assuming the responsibility for a patient’s face and self-image is one of the greatest challenges and privileges that a physician can have, and I look forward to working with you to bring out the best, natural-looking version of yourself.

- Bovey Zhu, MD

Training and Experience


After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Zhu attended medical school at the New York University School of Medicine. He then completed a five-year residency in head and neck surgery at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at UCSF. He has been trained in the full spectrum of facial procedures to include rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, facial rejuvenation, facial reanimation, facial feminization, and reconstruction of major and minor facial defects.

Honors and Awards


Dr. Zhu graduated at the top of his class at West Point and was a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist for the New York Region. He scored in the top 1% in the nation on his USMLE licensing exam. His research poster was a finalist in a region-wide competition in Washington, D.C., and he has also presented at national meetings. He is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and holds the rank of Major.

Research and Innovation


As a resident, Dr. Zhu conducted research at the NIH investigating hearing outcomes after inner ear surgery in mice. He also wrote a scientific proposal and was awarded $15,000 in funding for researching RNA interference as a potential method of modulating wound healing in a cell culture model of airway stenosis. His current research interests include photogrammetric facial analysis and 3D modeling for facial reconstruction.

Selected Publications


Sand JP, Zhu BZ, Desai SC. Surgical anatomy of the eyelids. Facial Plastics Clinics of North America. May 2016;24(2):89-95.

Zhu BZ, Bishop JA, Chien WW. A case of allergic fungal otomastoiditis with aural polyps. Otolaryngology Case Reports. Mar 2017;2:4-6.

Zhu BZ, Saleh J, Isgrig KT, Cunningham LL, Chien WW. Hearing loss after round window surgery in mice is due to middle ear effusion. Audiology & Neurotology. 2016;21(6):356-364.

Cosetti MK, Friedmann DR, Zhu BZ, Heman-Ackah SE, Fang Y, Keller RG, Shapiro WH, Roland JT Jr., Waltzman SB. The effects of residual hearing in traditional cochlear implant candidates after implantation with a conventional electrode. Otology & Neurotology. Apr 2013;34(3):516-21.

Invited Speaking Engagements

Pollybeak deformity after rhinoplasty: causes and solutions.” Cosmetic Surgery Forum, Las Vegas, NV, December 3, 2015.

“Facial reanimation: contemporary techniques and controversies.” Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Grand Rounds, Bethesda, MD, April 6, 2017.

“Coronal approach to the frontal bone and zygomatic arch.” UCSF facial plastics soft tissue course, San Francisco, CA, March 24, 2018.