May Chi Lau, MD Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
Many parents dread their children’s adolescent years, but Dr. May Lau particularly enjoys helping her patients and their parents through various adolescent issues. It is with this passion that Dr. Lau pursued a fellowship in adolescent medicine after her pediatric residency at Albany Medical College in New York. Adolescence is a time of tremendous upheaval in which adolescents can face multiple and unique challenges. These challenges manifest physically, emotionally and intellectually as adolescents transition to adulthood. Adolescents have their parents to guide them during these sometimes-tough years, and as an adolescent medicine physician, Dr. Lau endeavors to assist parents in this process as adolescents and parents face the most difficult issues.
“Our clinic visits are longer than is typical for adolescent patients. Because adolescent issues can sometimes be very complicated, it is vital that we spend enough time with our patients so that we can be sure that the issues are adequately addressed. During the visit, I strive to develop a relaxed environment, spending time listening to the adolescent’s concerns and answering their questions. Through that process, I am able to identify any pertinent medical issues and create a plan of care that both the adolescent and parent agree on.”
Dr. Lau provides care for most medical issues that affect adolescent females and males. She has special expertise in sexual and reproductive issues facing adolescent females, such as menstrual issues, dysmenorrhea, breast masses and ovarian cysts. Her other expertise in contraception and sexually transmitted infection benefits the adolescent females and males she sees in clinic.
As an adolescent-medicine physician, Dr. Lau sees her position as a conduit between the parents and the adolescent, trying to help them understand each other and to assist the adolescent in decision-making.
“My goal is to serve as an additional trusted resource for adolescents. Along with their parents, I hope to help guide my patients to make the best and healthiest decisions for them.”
Besides seeing patients in the Adolescent and Young Adult clinic, Dr. Lau sees patients in the Young Women’s Bleeding Disorder Clinic, which provides care for adolescent females with bleeding problems and menstrual issues; and in the Gender Education and Care, Interdisciplinary Support clinic, which provides care for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria. She also treats some patients in the Cancer & Blood Disorders program.
Along with seeing patients, Dr. Lau seeks to improve the lives of adolescents through research. Her current research is related to the human papillomavirus vaccine, improving communication between adolescents and physicians, and adolescent pregnancy prevention.
Dr. Lau earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, where she also completed a residency in pediatrics. She also received a master’s degree in public health from the UT Health Science Center School of Public Health in Houston. She continued her training with a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, along with the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health program at Baylor College of Medicine, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Dr. Lau is one of the few board-certified adolescent-medicine specialists in North Texas, and she is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Lau has been voted one of the Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas four years in a row by D Magazine. She is also a member of the Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Medical Society, the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also serves on the board of the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Teen Pregnancy.
In her free time, Dr. Lau enjoys reading mysteries, exercising, trying new recipes and spending time with her family
Education and Training
Medical SchoolAlbany Medical College of Union University (1998)
InternshipAlbany Medical Center Hosp (1999), Pediatrics
ResidencyAlbany Medical Center Hosp (2001), Pediatrics
FellowshipTexas Childrens Hospital (2004), Adolescent Medicine
Graduate SchoolUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2004)
Conditions & Treatments
Research & Publications
- Adolescent health
- Adolescent pregnancy
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
- Racial/ethnic disparities
- Factors associated with human papillomavirus vaccine-series initiation and healthcare provider recommendation in US adolescent females: 2007 National Survey of Children's Health., Lau M, Lin H, Flores G Vaccine 2012 Apr 30 20 3112-8
- Everything is bigger in Texas, including the Latino adolescent pregnancy rate: how do we eliminate the epidemic of Latino teen pregnancy?, Lau, M, Flores, G Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk. 2010 1, Article 10 1
- The "Real World" of caring for diverse teens: achieving cultural competency in adolescent healthcare using a practical, evidence-based model, Lau M, Flores G MDAdvisor 2010 3 E50-E59.
- Ovarian masses in adolescent girls., Lau M, Flores G Contemporary Pediatrics 2010 52-59 27
- Breast masses in adolescent girls, Lau M, Flores G Contemporary Pediatrics. 2010 27 54-64
- The primary language spoken at home and health and healthcare disparities in US adolescents: has the tincture of time reduced disparities?, Lau M, Avila R, Lin H, Flores G. 2010
- Dating and sexual attitudes in Asian-American adolescents, Lau M, Markham C, Lin H, Flores G, Chacko MR Journal of Adolescent Research January 2009 Issue 1, Volume 21 91-113
Professional Associations and Affiliations
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Medical Association
- Dallas County Medical Society
- Society for Adolescent Medicine
- Texas Medical Society
Awards & Honors
- University of Texas School of Public Health - Student Research Award (2004)
- American Academy of Pediatrics - Resident Scholarship (2000)
- American Academy of Pediatrics - Resident Scholarship (1999)
- Winthrop University Hospital - Scholarship for Medicine (1988)