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Dr. Christine L. Lau

Dr. Christine L. Lau

Chief of Surgery

Renowned thoracic surgeon Dr. Christine Lau at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is best known for her leadership role in advancing treatment and improving outcomes of patients undergoing lung transplantation.

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    Board Certified in Thoracic Surgery

Get to Know Dr. Christine Lau

Dr. Christine Lau was named chief of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2019, taking leadership of one of America’s most acclaimed academic medical centers.

She is the first woman to chair the department of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine since it opened in the 1800s. She also is one of only a few women to lead a major department of surgery in the United States today, according to the school.

Lau served previously at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, division of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. She played a major role in both the lung cancer and mesothelioma cancer programs there.

She has continued her work with treating pleural mesothelioma at the University of Maryland, performing aggressive surgery for this rare cancer.

Lau is known for her excellence as a clinician and a scientist, bringing to Maryland a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the use of new therapies for lung transplant recipients. She was director of lung transplantation at the University of Virginia.

Specialties of Dr. Christine Lau

Dr. Christine Lau’s Experience and Education

  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • University of Virginia Cancer Center
  • University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Washington University School of Medicine (Fellowship)
  • Duke University Medical Center (Residency)
  • Dartmouth School of Medicine

Awards and Other Recognitions

  • Newsweek’s Top Doctors
  • Best Doctors in America
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery (Director)
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgeons (Board member)
  • Mosenthal Surgical Society (Founding member)

Testimonials for Dr. Christine Lau

  • Dr. Mohan Suntha, president of the University of Maryland Medical Center: “Dr. Lau brings a stellar record of clinical and research accomplishments to our already outstanding department of surgery. Her demonstrated commitment to excellence in patient care, as well as to driving innovation and discovery, bode well for the future of the department.”
  • Dr. E. Albert Reece, dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine: “She has been a true pioneer in the field of lung transplantation, and the School of Medicine will continue its upward trajectory resulting from her strong record of academic and clinical leadership.”

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Publications of Dr. Christine Lau

  • Lau, C. et. al. (2020, February 13) Adenosine A2A receptor agonist (regadenoson) in human lung transplantation. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
  • Beller, J.P. et. al. (2019, June). Poor Performance Flagging Is Associated With Fewer Transplantations at Centers Flagged Multiple Times. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
  • Boedefeld, R.L. et. al. (2008, October). Fatal Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in a Lung Transplant Recipient. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
  • Lau, C., Patterson, G.A. & Palmer, S.M. (2004, March 1). Critical Care Aspects of Lung Transplantation. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

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  1. University of Maryland. (2019, July 29). Lung Transplant Surgeon Christine Lau, MD, Selected as Next Chair of Department of Surgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine. : Retrieved from:

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Last Modified July 31, 2020

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