James Lau MD MHPE FACS

James Lau MD MHPE FACS

Bariatric surgeon, General surgeon, Minimally invasive surgeon

4.6 out of 5
130 Patient Ratings
14 Patient Comments

Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss

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

  • Master's Degree, University of Illinois Chicago, Health Professions Education (2016)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center (2007) CA
  • Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2003)
  • Residency: Indiana University Medical Center GME Verifications (2002) IN
  • Internship: Loyola University Medical Center (1996) IL
  • Medical Education: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch (1995) IL
  • Bachelor's Degree, University of CA, San Diego, Bio-Engineering (1990)

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 – Surgery Chief Residents’ Award, Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine (2016)
  • Franklin G. Ebaugh, Jr. Award for Excellence in Advising Medical Students, Stanford School of Medicine (2016)
  • Surgical Socrates Award, Department of Surgery Indiana University Medical Center Indianapolis, Indiana (2002)
  • Meritorious Service Medal, United States Air Force (2003)
  • Special Recognition for Teaching, Department of Surgery at University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada (2005)
  • Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Surgery at University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada (2006)
  • Poster of Distinction, SAGES Annual Meeting at Las Vegas, Nevada (2007)
  • John Austin Collins, MD Memorial Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine (2010)
  • John Austin Collins, MD Memorial Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine (2012)
  • Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award for Clerkship Instruction, Stanford School of Medicine (2014)
  • Award for Excellence in the Promotion of the Learning Environment and Student Wellness, Stanford School of Medicine (2014)

Administrative Appointments

  • Assistant Dean for Clerkship Education, Stanford School of Medicine (2015 - 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)
  • Director, Core Clerkship in Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine (2011 - Present)
  • Associate Program Director, Stanford Surgery Residency (2011 - Present)
4.7

Friendliness

4.7

Recommended to others

4.6

Explanations

4.6

Listens

4.6

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.7

Confidence in your doctor

4.2

Wait times

SHC Patient, May 2016

good

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Very kind.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

The visit was quick for both presurgery and post op he was kinda rude when I ask a question.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Lau's information and recommendation were excellent and was the information that I was seeking. The pre-visit doctor questioned the "hole" in my stomach that was next to my stoma bag. I told him it was my naval. "oops". The student Dr. and student were very professional.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Very good experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I'm going for a surgery with this doctor. I chose him because of his excellent reputation. Questions like this undermine the trust!

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

PA & MD very personable - didn't seem in a rush.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. James Lau is a very pleasant surgeon who is an excellent care provider and extremely courteous. I have no hesitation in recommending him to my friends and relatives.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Successful surgery outcome.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Dr. Lau is incredible.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Dr. Lau is wonderful and extremely personable and approachable.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Dr. James Lau is an "outstanding" surgeon with an "excellent" bedside manner.

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4.6 out of 5
130 Patient Ratings
14 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, May 2016

good

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Very kind.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

The visit was quick for both presurgery and post op he was kinda rude when I ask a question.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Lau's information and recommendation were excellent and was the information that I was seeking. The pre-visit doctor questioned the "hole" in my stomach that was next to my stoma bag. I told him it was my naval. "oops". The student Dr. and student were very professional.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Very good experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I'm going for a surgery with this doctor. I chose him because of his excellent reputation. Questions like this undermine the trust!

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

PA & MD very personable - didn't seem in a rush.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. James Lau is a very pleasant surgeon who is an excellent care provider and extremely courteous. I have no hesitation in recommending him to my friends and relatives.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Successful surgery outcome.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Dr. Lau is incredible.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Dr. Lau is wonderful and extremely personable and approachable.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Dr. James Lau is an "outstanding" surgeon with an "excellent" bedside manner.

SHC Patient, May 2014

The doctor is very confident in his approach and he has put me at ease while discussing my care. His courtesy and care are very unique and highly impressive.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

Very courteous & very good.