James Lau MD FACS

General surgeon, Bariatric surgeon, Minimally invasive surgeon

Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Clinic

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-736-5800
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Professional Education

Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center (06/30/2007) CA

Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2003)

Residency: Indiana University Medical Center (06/30/2002) IN

Internship: Loyola University Medical Center (06/30/1996) IL

Medical Education: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch (06/10/1995) IL

BS, University of CA, San Diego, Bio-Engineering (1990)

Honors & 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)

Special Recognition for Teaching, Department of Surgery at University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada (2005)

Meritorious Service Medal, United States Air Force (2003)

Surgical Socrates Award, Department of Surgery Indiana University Medical Center Indianapolis, Indiana (2002)

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)

PREDICT: Instituting an Educational Time Out in the Operating Room.
Yang, R. L., Esquivel, M., Erdrich, J., Lau, J., Melcher, M. L., & Wapnir, I. L. (2014). PREDICT: Instituting an Educational Time Out in the Operating Room. Journal of graduate medical education, 6(2), 382-383.

What is the future of training in surgery? Needs assessment of national stakeholders.
Kim, S., Dunkin, B. J., Paige, J. T., Eggerstedt, J. M., Nicholas, C., & Scott, D. J. (2014). What is the future of training in surgery? Needs assessment of national stakeholders. Surgery, 156(3), 707-17.

Comparison of robotic and laparoendoscopic single-site surgery systems in a suturing and knot tying task
Eisenberg, D., Vidovszky, T. J., Lau, J., Guiroy, B., & Rivas, H. (2013). Comparison of robotic and laparoendoscopic single-site surgery systems in a suturing and knot tying task. SURGICAL ENDOSCOPY AND OTHER INTERVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES, 27(9), 3182-3186.

The assessment of emotional intelligence among candidates interviewing for general surgery residency.
Lin, D. T., Kannappan, A., & Lau, J. N. (2013). The assessment of emotional intelligence among candidates interviewing for general surgery residency. Journal of surgical education, 70(4), 514-521.

Hemobilia from Transjugular Liver Biopsy Resulting in Gallbladder Rupture
Plerhoples, T. A., & Lau, J. N. (2013). Hemobilia from Transjugular Liver Biopsy Resulting in Gallbladder Rupture. DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES, 58(3), 630-633.

Recurrent abdominal liposarcoma: Analysis of 19 cases and prognostic factors.
Lu, W., Lau, J., Xu, M. D., Zhang, Y., Jiang, Y., & Qin, X. Y. (2013). Recurrent abdominal liposarcoma: Analysis of 19 cases and prognostic factors. World journal of gastroenterology : WJG, 19(25), 4045-52.

The Effect of Positive and Negative Verbal Feedback on Surgical Skills Performance and Motivation
Kannappan, A., Yip, D. T., Lodhia, N. A., Morton, J., & Lau, J. N. (2012). The Effect of Positive and Negative Verbal Feedback on Surgical Skills Performance and Motivation. JOURNAL OF SURGICAL EDUCATION, 69(6), 798-801.

Potential Nutritional Conflicts in Bariatric and Renal Transplant Patients
Lightner, A. L., Lau, J., Obayashi, P., Birge, K., & Melcher, M. L. (2011). Potential Nutritional Conflicts in Bariatric and Renal Transplant Patients. OBESITY SURGERY, 21(12), 1965-1970.

Another Use of the Mobile Device: Warm-up for Laparoscopic Surgery
Plerhoples, T. A., Zak, Y., Hernandez-Boussard, T., & Lau, J. (2011). Another Use of the Mobile Device: Warm-up for Laparoscopic Surgery. JOURNAL OF SURGICAL RESEARCH, 170(2), 185-188.

The role of functional endoscopic sinus surgery in asthmatic patients
Park, A. H., Lau, J., Stankiewicz, J., & Chow, J. (1998). The role of functional endoscopic sinus surgery in asthmatic patients. JOURNAL OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY, 27(5), 275-280.