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Christine  L.  Lau,  MD

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Contact Information

Address: P.O. Box 800679, Charlottesville, VA, 22908-0709
Phone: 434.924.8016 Fax: 434.924.8603

Training & Certification


Surgery, Duke University Medical Center


Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Practice

Conditions Treated:

Emphysema, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lung Transplant

Research Interest:

Chronic lung transplant rejection



Dr. Christine Lau is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Virginia.  She specializes in all aspects of general thoracic surgery including lung cancer, mediastinal diseases, benign lung and esophageal disease, esophageal cancer and lung transplantation.

Dr. Lau is board certified in general and thoracic surgery.  Dr. Lau received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical Center in Hanover, NH.  She received numerous awards while she was there including being elected to Junior AOA and receiving the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award for graduating 1st in her medical school class.  She subsequently did her internship and residency in general surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.  After completing her general surgery training, she went to Washington University in St. Louis, one of the premier lung transplant programs in the world and spent a year doing a lung transplant fellowship as well as her fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery which she subsequently finished in 2005.  Dr. Lau had an academic appointment at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI as an Assistant Professor of Surgery prior to joining the University of Virginia.  While she was at the University of Michigan she was voted one of Detroit’s top thoracic surgeons by Hour Detroit Magazine.

Dr. Lau has authored and coauthored several chapters in medical textbooks on her specialty interest which include lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mediastinal diseases, lung volume reduction, laparoscopic surgery, and lung transplantation.  She has published articles in leading publications such as the Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, and the American Journal of Transplantation. 

In 2006, she was awarded the John Kirklin Fellowship given by the American Association of Thoracic Surgery.  In 2008, she was awarded a K08 from the NIH to study mechanisms of chronic rejection in lung transplants. Dr. Lau is a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons,  Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Women in Thoracic Surgery, the International Society of Heart & Lung Transplantation, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.  She is also a founding member of the Mosenthal Surgical Society, a member of the Sabiston Surgical Society, and a member of the John Alexander Surgical Society.

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