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Dr. Christine Lau, pleural mesothelioma researcher

Dr. Christine L. Lau

Chief of Surgery

Dr. Christine L. Lau is a thoracic surgeon at the University of Virginia Cancer Center, where her clinical practice ranges from lung transplantation to minimally invasive surgery and diseases of the esophagus.

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About Christine L. Lau

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    Pleural and Lung Cancer

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    Board Certified in Thoracic Surgery

Get to Know Dr. Christine L. 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 UM 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 treatment programs.

She has continued her work with pleural mesothelioma at UM, performing aggressive surgery such as pleurectomy and decortication 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 previously director of lung transplantation at the University of Virginia.

Specialties of Dr. Christine Lau

  • Lung transplantation

  • Lung cancer

  • Mesothelioma

  • Pleurectomy and decortication surgery

  • Research

  • Thoracic surgery

  • Minimally invasive surgery

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 Medical School

Awards and Other Recognitions

  • Top Cancer Doctors, Newsweek

  • Best Doctors in America

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery (Director)

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgeons (Board)

  • National Institutes of Health ($3.3 million grant)

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, University of Maryland School of Medicine dean: “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.L. et. al. (2020, February 13) First in Human Lung Transplantation: Adenosine A2A Receptor Agonist (Regadenoson). The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

  • Beller, J.P. et. al. (2019, June 1). 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.L. et. al. (2004, March 1). Critical care aspects of lung transplantation. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

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