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James Lau MD FACS

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Bariatric and Metabolic Interdisciplinary Clinic 900 Blake Wilbur Dr Garden Level Room W0048 Stanford, CA 94304
    Tel Work (650) 736-5800 Fax (650) 723-8378
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Email Tel (650) 724-6490
    Alternate Contact
    Andrea Arias Administrative Associate Tel Work (650) 724-6490
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery, Endoscopic
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass
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Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Medical Director, Program Transform, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2014 - present)
  • Associate Program Director, Stanford Surgery Residency (2011 - present)
  • Director, Core Clerkship in Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine (2011 - present)
  • Director, Stanford Surgery ACS Education Institute/Goodman Simulation Center, Stanford Department of Surgery (2011 - present)
  • Director, Surgical Education Fellowship, Stanford Department of Surgery (2011 - present)

Honors and Awards

  • Award for Excellence in the Promotion of the Learning Environment and Student Wellness, Stanford School of Medicine (2014)
  • Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award for Clerkship Instruction, Stanford School of Medicine (2014)
  • John Austin Collins, MD Memorial Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine (2012)
  • John Austin Collins, MD Memorial Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine (2010)
  • Poster of Distinction, SAGES Annual Meeting at Las Vegas, Nevada (2007)
  • Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Surgery at University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada (2006)
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Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Curriculum Committee Member, American College of Surgeons Education Institutes (ACS-EI) (2012 - present)

Professional Education

Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center CA (06/30/2007)
Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2003)
Residency: Indiana University Medical Center IN (06/30/2002)
Internship: Loyola University Medical Center IL (06/30/1996)
Medical Education: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch IL (06/10/1995)
BS: University of CA, San Diego, Bio-Engineering (1990)

Community and International Work



Prior Year Coursescourses of James Lau

Postdoctoral Advisees

Laura MazerVivian de Ruijter

Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

We live in an exciting time of new techniques in minimal surgical access. These techniques are being practiced in basic as well as more advanced general surgical and bariatric procedures. Controlled studies of outcomes comparing standard approaches to these newer ones are the only way to validate these evolving and more cosmetically pleasing techniques.

The education of surgeons has been changing from a mentorship skills acquisition model towards a simulation first approach. The variety of methods to convey medical knowledge and technical prowess must be honed to provide the future surgeons with the most effective education in a world with more time constraints. Studies that explore new ways to improve standard education of surgical residents as well as novel approaches to teaching technical, team dynamics, and crisis management skills are essential toward the goal of producing a caring and skilled physician.

The educational environment for medical students and residents has changed. Because of this, a more comprehensive and systematic inter-disciplinary approach is essential to adapt to the learning styles of modern trainees. Programs of education must be innovative in scope and practice. Evaluation of novel programs qualitatively and quantitatively ensure these robust curricula accomplish the task of conveying knowledge and skills efficiently.

Teamwork and communication remain important, yet under emphasized, concepts in our complex clinical practices. Superior patient care as shown by improved outcomes are the result of interdisciplinary team training. Promoting this behavioral culture in large tertiary institutions require new educational methods. Simulation training, as part of a comprehensive large scale blended learning model cross disciplines can yield improved patient care outcomes. Studies to prove this are necessary in program implementation through maintenance.


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