James Lau MD FACS

Bariatric surgeon, General surgeon, Minimally invasive surgeon

Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - General Surgery
4.7 out of 5
115 Patient Ratings
5 Patient Comments

Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss

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

Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center (2007) CA

Residency: Indiana University Medical Center (2002) IN

Internship: Loyola University Medical Center (1996) IL

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

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

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)

Patient Ratings and Comments

4.7

Friendliness

4.8

Recommended to others

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.8

Confidence in your doctor

4.2

Wait times

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.

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Validity evidence for Surgical Improvement of Clinical Knowledge Ops: a novel gaming platform to assess surgical decision making.
Lin, D. T., Park, J., Liebert, C. A., & Lau, J. N. (2014). Validity evidence for Surgical Improvement of Clinical Knowledge Ops: a novel gaming platform to assess surgical decision making. American journal of surgery.

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), 707-717.

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.

Mesenteric defect closure in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a randomized controlled trial.
Rosas, U., Ahmed, S., Leva, N., Garg, T., Rivas, H., & Morton, J. M. (2014). Mesenteric defect closure in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a randomized controlled trial. Surgical endoscopy.

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.

4.7 out of 5
115 Patient Ratings
5 Patient Comments

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.