Dr. Steven Shu Launches Surgeon Volunteers, Aims to Bring Medical Relief to Haiti and Cambodia!

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Dr. Steven Shu, founder of Medical Volunteers International (MVI), has started a second international medical mission group, focusing on underserved communities in Haiti and Cambodia. Called Surgeon Volunteers, the non-profit, US-based group recruits highly-skilled medical professionals from around the world to deliver affordable, accessible health care to third world countries.

Officially launching this year, Surgeon Volunteers plans to complete its first two mission trips to Cap Haitien, Haiti, in December and Phnom Penh, Cambodia in January 2019. Consisting of cosmetic surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, general surgeons and urologists, the volunteer organization will perform hernia repairs, hydrocele repairs, vasectomies, breast surgeries, hemorrhoidectomy, skin surgeries, varicose vein removal and various other surgical procedures.

Requiring very few resources to complete its surgeries, Surgeon Volunteers will not only deliver safe and effective care, but also efficient care. “Because these procedures are done under local anesthesia or regional nerve blocking, we only need basic facilities and resources,” Dr. Shu explains.

Dr. Shu, MD, MBA, is a cosmetic surgeon and proceduralist and founder of MVI and Surgeon Volunteers. Since joining No-Scalpel Vasectomy International, Inc (NSVI), an international medical volunteer organization led by urologists Dr. Doug Stein and Dr. Ramon Suarez, in 2014, Dr. Shu has completed six mission trips to Haiti and the Philippines.

Surgeon Volunteers is set to carry out several mission trips to Haiti in the following years, as well as an annual mission trip to Cambodia starting January 2019.


Dr. Steven Shu Participating in International Medical Mission in the Sixth Time | Minnesota

Dr. Steven Shu, medical director of One Stop Medical Center, lead a group of Chinese American doctors from the United States going to the Haiti in the mid of January, 2018 to provide free medical care for local residents. This is the sixth time that he has been active in international medical mission since 2015, and it is the fourth time that he goes to the Haiti.

Dr. Shu and another surgeon Dr. Dean Currie performed about 40 office procedures. Three other team physicians (Keyi Yang, a neurologist from Seattle, Ming He from New Jersey, a neuro-ophthalmologist and Jerri Mao, an internist from San Jose) went to the mobile clinic with other medical mission group and provided general care to the hundreds people in the villages.

Over the past 14 years, Dr. Shu has been enjoying making his contributions to local communities. Since 2015, he has been focusing more on his international volunteer work in Haiti and Philippines. In 2017, he became a founding president of Medical Volunteers International (MVI), a new non-profit organization for the Chinese American physicians dedicating the medical missions in the poorest countries around world. The MVI collaborated with the faith-based non-profit organization Mission of Hope Haiti and carried out the first Haitian International Medical Program.

Dr. Shu’s medical mission dream is to establish the surgical center in Haiti.

Dr. Shu Performs Liposuction on Himself (DIY Liposuction) | Minnsota

In an ambitious feat, Dr. Shu performed a liposuction procedure on himself on April 30th. Dr. Shu took the role of both the patient and the surgeon, removing his own fat from his abdomen without the assistance of nurses or another surgeon.

One reason he performed this procedure was simply to remove excess pockets of fat from his abdomen. However, the main purpose of performing a liposuction on himself was, first and foremost, to experience the liposuction procedure from the patient’s perspective. In doing so, Dr. Shu gained a better understanding of what a patient undergoing liposuction may experience, allowing him to provide better care for his patients. This is not the first time Dr. Shu has performed one of his procedures on himself. In the past, he has also performed a gastroscopy (EGD) on himself – one in 2006.

Dr. Shu always wants to be a surgeon who truly understands his patients needs.

Shu Cosmetic Surgery’s Walk-In Medspa

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa in Minnesota expanded space in 2012 to allow for more extensive services featuring five spacious rooms dedicated to medspa services alone – including a consultation room, photography room, and laser rooms. The medspa accepts walk-ins which is unique and unlike any other medspa around in Minneapolis! An assortment of services can be accomplished right over the lunch hour with their quick and easy walk-in system. The Botox Boutique offers popular injectables (Botox®, Radiesse® and Juvéderm®) for reduction in wrinkles and for volumizing in areas of the face or body. One may also walk-in and have other services such as skin consultations and education about the very best skincare products including Vivier®, Skin TX®, Skin Medica®, Neocutis®, and much much more! Microdermabrasion, various laser treatments and chemical peels are also available for walk-ins, if time permits.

“We designed our walk-in Botox Boutique for quick quality service in a calm and relaxing environment”, said Katie, medspa director. Our priority is to keep our patients comfortable, with little to no pain during procedures. Our medical grade skin care products have been carefully chosen to give safe with effective results. Our courteous staff is always available to help achieve your individual aesthetic goals with and customized skin care programs and education.”

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa in Edina, MN offers best-in-class Sciton laser treatment solutions for a variety of skin care needs, such as acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, spider veins, skin lesions, redness/rosacea, and nail fungus. The laser is very versatile and may also be used for laser hair removal, tattoo removal, skin tightening, stretch mark reduction, and excessive sweating. Furthermore, patients can smooth out cellulite and tighten areas of loose skin using a dynamic laser and light energy machine called Smooth Shapes®.

“Our well rounded staff now includes two estheticians – Sonya and Jenny – and our physician assistant, Katie, who will perform more invasive procedures,” said Dr. Steven Shu.

Last but not least the prices are affordable at Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa. They offer a different procedure package promotion each month at a discount price. The center’s service menu offers plenty of options to fit every skincare need!

Diagnosis of Gynecomastia in Minnesota

Gynecomastia usually occurs in newborns, adolescents, and men older than 50 years of age in Minnesota, but most cases of newborn and adolescent gynecomastia are self-limiting and resolve on their own. The prevalence of male breast enlargement in Minnesota men has increased in recent years; it is probably related to obesity, side effects of medication, the use of recreational drugs, an underlying medical condition, and/or exposure to xenoestrogens, which is present in many products. Pseudogynecomastia looks much like real gynecomastia but has no medical reason for being there except for the patient being overweight.

The differential diagnosis of male breast enlargement includes breast cancer, pseudogynecomastia, lipoma, sebaceous cyst, dermoid cyst, hematoma, mastitis, metastasis, ductal ectasia, fat necrosis, or a hamartoma . Diagnosis of gynecomastia is usually clear and straight without any tests. Your surgeon may occasionally also recommend ultrasound and/or a mammogram to rule out the very small possibility of breast cancer. The breast gland specimen is routinely sent to a pathological lab to confirm the presence of gynecomastia and rule out tumors under a microscope. Gynecomastia should also be distinguished from muscle hypertrophy of the pectoralis muscles in muscular male patients.

If a medical problem of gynecomastia is the suspected cause after reviewing your medical history and doing a physical exam during the initial visit, you’ll be referred to an appropriate medical specialist for further evaluation. Laboratory investigations are recommended to find the underlying cause of gynecomastia, including liver and kidney function tests, sexual hormone, and thyroid tests. Additional labs that may be considered are to test the markers of testicular, adrenal, or other tumors.

Most gynecomastia patients in Minneapolis and St. Paul areas need a male breast reduction surgery to correct the enlarged breasts. Male breast reduction surgery is a highly effective surgical procedure in the combination of liposuction and surgical excision, giving excellent esthetic results. Shu Cosmetic Surgery uses minimal invasive surgical approach with local tumescent anesthesia and cutting-edge liposuction technology to achieve a great cosmetic result.

July Liposuction and Breast Procedure Specials | Minneapolis

The month of July is filled with celebrations, vacations and just enjoying the
summer weather.  It’s also a great month to take advantage of summer
savings on liposuction and breast procedures. Liposuction with any of our
state-of-the-art technology: Laser, Vaser or Body-jet is only $1000 per
zone. Breast implants start at $3600. All other breast surgeries are
reduced 10%. This month our medspa is offering 20% off a laser
treatment package of your choice. Call today to set up your complimentary
consultation! During your consultation please ask about our VIP and referral
programs which offer great rewards to you. All Cosmetic procedures must be
completed by August 31, 2012.

For your convenience, Shu Cosmetic Surgery now offers free WiFi and Keurig coffee
and tea.

Rejuvenate and Restore with the Stem Cell Enhanced Face Lift

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Institute is pleased to offer the revolutionary ADRC (Stem) Cell Enhanced Face Lift, the face lift that adds one’s own regenerative cells to further enhance facial rejuvenation and youth restoration.

Edina, MN (August 17th, 2011) — Cosmetic surgeons have been trying to restore youth into patients’ faces for years. This seemingly unattainable goal has been brought to reality thanks to improvements in surgical technique and laser tools. A ground-breaking technique that Dr. Steven Shu calls the “ADRC (Stem) cell enhanced face lift” can not only help patients restore volume in the face to create an even more youthful appearance, but also add regenerative cells believed to be beneficial to the rejuvenation process.

“The ADRC (stem) cell enhanced face lift procedure is an even more effective and innovative technique because the cells are injected into the SMAS and underneath the facial musculature to create a more satisfying result,” Dr. Shu said.

The ADRC (stem) cell enhanced face lift combines soft tissue transferred from one part of the patient’s body to the face using the patient’s own adipose tissue-derived stem cells and regenerative cells. Fat cells, usually from the abdomen area, are extracted using liposuction and then harvested for its rich amount of Adipose Derived Regenerative Cells (ADRC’s), including adult stem cells, blood vessel producing cells, and growth factor secreting cells. Once harvested, the fat is treated through an ADRC processing device to isolate the regenerative cells.

“The ADRC processing device is laboratory equipment that processes the patient’s fat tissue through a single-use, replaceable set designed specifically for this device,” Dr. Shu said. “The device separates the stem cells from the adipose fat and collects them in a closed environment to minimize risk of exposure to contaminants.”

The collected stem cells and fat are injected into the layers of skin and muscle underneath the face, and special attention is paid to making sure the regenerative tissue is placed in a precise location to enhance volume in the necessary areas.

“Following the procedure, the patient will see a dramatic improvement in both the face contour and skin appearance,” Dr. Shu said. “Local and transplanted stem cells essentially work to restore themselves and continuously multiply.”

Dr. Steven Shu, MD, MBA, is a board certified laser surgeon and a pioneer of office cosmetic and surgeries in the United States. He has adopted countless revolutionary techniques to achieve ideal results with more efficiency and safety.

Meet Dr. Shu

Dr. Shu is a board certified laser surgeon and one of the nation’s top proceduralists, specializing in office based medical and cosmetic procedures and surgeries. He provides a wide range of cosmetic procedural and surgical services above and beyond typical aesthetic medicine and performs numerous office procedures every year. On top of his clinical work, Dr. Shu is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota medical school and is also on the medical staff at Southdale Hospital, North Memorial Hospital, and Fairview Medical Center, teaching weekly office procedures to resident physicians.

After graduating in 1984 from the distinguished Shanghai Medical University, Dr. Shu completed his surgical residency and worked as a surgical attending physician until arriving in the United States in 1991. After completing a surgical internship at Flushing Hospital in New York, he followed up with office-procedure-orientated residency training at Michigan State University from 1996 to 2000. He obtained his Physician E-MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2005.

Dr. Shu is board-certified through the American Board of Laser Surgery and American Board of Family Practice; he is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • American College of Phlebology
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • International Society of Cosmetogyncology
  • American Medical Association
  • Minnesota Medical Association

Dr. Shu has continued his advanced education in cosmetic surgeries over the years, having trained with many of the nation’s top cosmetic and plastic surgeons. As a pioneer in office cosmetic surgeries in the United States, he has adopted countless revolutionary techniques to achieve ideal results with more efficiency and safety.

Dr. Shu is the first physician in Minnesota to perform the following cosmetic procedures and surgeries:

  • Stem Cell Enhanced Natural Breast Augmentation, personally trained under the inventor, Dr. Todd Malan at the Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center in Scottsdale, AR.
  • Vaser Hi Def™ Body LipoSculpture, personally trained by the inventor, Dr. Alfredo Hoyos, along with Dr. John Millard, and David Broadway at the Advanced Body Sculpting Institute in Colorado).
  • Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation® and Designer Laser Vaginoplasty®, personally trained under the inventor, Dr. David Matlock at the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of America in Beverly Hills, California
  • Breast cosmetic surgeries under local anesthesia and IV sedation, personally trained under Drs. Marco Pelosi III at the International Society of Cosmetogyncology in Bayonne, NJ.
  • Dr. Shu was also professionally trained in the following areas:
  • Blepharoplasty and Advanced Periorbital Rejuvenation, personally trained by Dr. Susan Hughes at the Hughes Center for Aesthetic Medicine in Cherry Hill, NJ.
  • Aesthetic Breast Surgery and Abdominoplasty, personally trained by Robert Jackson in Hamilton Surgical Arts, Indianapolis, IN

Outside the office, Dr. Shu dedicates his time to community activism. After forming the Minnesota Chinese Physician Association (AMCP) in 2003, he led its members and community volunteers in establishing the Minnesota Chinese Health Center (MCHC), a free clinic for disadvantaged Chinese in the Twin Cities. He is also publisher and president of MN Duowei Times, the most widely circulated Chinese newspaper in Minnesota. Moreover, he established One Stop Charity Fund in his clinic in 2010 and donates 10% of profit every year to non-profit organizations in the Chinese community.

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