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Lawrence Chu, MD, MS

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Department of Anesthesia 300 Pasteur Dr H3580 MC 5640 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 724-2970 Fax (650) 725-8544
  • Academic Offices
    Administrative Contact
    Ms. Valerie McDonald Administrative Associate Tel Work 650-723-6632
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • Anesthesia
  • eHealth
  • Emerging Technology and Medicine

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Executive Director, Stanford Medicine X (2011 - present)
  • Organizing Chair, Fourth World Congress on Social Media and Web 2.0 in Health, Medicine and Biomedical Research (2010 - 2011)
  • Member, Committee on Admissions, Stanford University School of Medicine (2007 - present)
  • Member, Web Site Committee, American Pain Society (2007 - present)
  • Member, Educational Resources Committee, Society for Education in Anesthesia (2003 - present)
  • Member, Editorial Board, MDNetGuide (1999 - present)
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Honors and Awards

  • Innovation in Education Award, International Anesthesia Research Society (2011-2012)
  • Career Development Award, National Institutes of Health (8/2004-8/2009)
  • Clinical Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health (7/2003 - Present)
  • Research Fellowship Grant, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (1/2003-6/2004)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Stanford University Department of Biological Sciences (1998)

Professional Education

Internship: St Mary's Medical Center CA (2000)
Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine CA (2004)
Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine CA (2003)
Board Certification: Anesthesia, American Board of Anesthesiology (2004)
Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine CA (1999)
MS: Stanford University, Clinical Epidemiology (2006)
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Graduate and Fellowship Program Affiliations

Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

I have two lines of research, one involving educational informatics and use of technology in postgraduate medical education and another involving NIH-funded work in patient-oriented clinical research regarding opioid use and physiologic responses associated with acute and chronic exposure in humans.

For a full description of my educational informatics work, please see my website

My clinical research focuses on the study opiate-induced hyperalgesia in patients suffering from chronic pain.

I am currently conducting an NIH-funded five year double-blinded randomized controlled clinical study (NIGMS award 1K23GM071400-01) that prospectively examines the following hypotheses: 1) pain patients on chronic opioid therapy develop dose-dependent tolerance and/or hyperalgesia to these medications over time, 2) opiate-induced tolerance and hyperalgesia develop differently with respect to various types of pain, 3) opioid-induced hyperalgesia occurs independently of withdrawal phenomena, and 4) opiate-induced tolerance and hyperalgesia develop differently based on gender and/or ethnicity.

The study is the first quantitative and prospective examination of tolerance and hyperalgesia in pain patients and may have important implications for the rational use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain.


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