01. Doctor Overview
Dr. Christine Lau is a thoracic surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical System and chair of the Department of Surgery. She also acts as the Surgeon-in-Chief at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Prior to these positions, Dr. Lau served as a thoracic surgeon at the University of Virginia Health System and professor of surgery in the Division of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Lau is well-versed in all aspects of general surgery and thoracic surgery and has been frequently recognized as a top thoracic surgeon in her region and nationally. In 2020, she was named a “Top Doctor” in the specialty of Transplant-Lung by Baltimore Magazine.
Throughout her career spanning over two decades, Dr. Lau has been involved in numerous clinical studies. She has authored and co-authored several chapters in medical textbooks, including articles on mediastinal diseases and lung volume reduction. Her work has been published in top medical publications such as the Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
02. Fast Facts
Doctor Fast Facts
Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
Other Interests & Specialties: Esophageal cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma, non-small cell lung cancer, indeterminate lung nodules, chronic lung transplant rejection, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, lung transplant, VATS lobectomy and thymoma.
Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Surgery Certification in Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification in Thoracic Surgery, Top Cancer Doctor in America Award, Top Doctor in America Award, John Kirklin Fellowship recipient from the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, member of American College of Surgeons, member of Society of Thoracic Surgeons, member of Women in Thoracic Surgery, member of the International Society of Heart & Lung Transplantation, member of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Education & Experience:
- Medical Degree from Dartmouth Medical School
- Residency in Surgery at Duke University Medical Center
- Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine
Marginal pulmonary function should not preclude lobectomy in selected patients with non-small cell lung cancer. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. February 2014;147(2):738-44. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2013.09.064
Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and tumor marker expression in non-small cell lung cancer. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. January 2009;137(1):43-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2008.10.014
Does reperfusion injury still cause significant mortality after lung transplantation? The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. March 2009;137(3):688-94. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2008.11.007