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 School
- Albany Medical College of Union University (1998)
- Albany Medical Center Hosp (1999), Pediatrics
- Albany Medical Center Hosp (2001), Pediatrics
- Texas Childrens Hospital (2004), Adolescent Medicine
- Graduate School
- University of Texas HSC School of Public Health (2004)
- Board Certification
- American Board of Pediatrics
Departments and Programs
- Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
- Racial/ethnic disparities
- Sexual minority youth
- Kuper L, Stewart S, Preston S, Lau M, Lopez X. Body dissatisfaction and mental health outcomes of youth on gender-affirming hormone therapy. Pediatrics. 2020; 145(4): e20193006
- Hart B, Kindratt TB, Vasudevan A, Garcia AD, Pagels P, Orcutt V, Lau M. Developing a Curriculum on Transgender Healthcare for Physician Assistant Students. J Physician Assist Educ. Manuscript accepted February 2020.
- Zia A, Jain S, Kouides P, Zhang S, Gao A, Salas N, Lau M, Wilson E. DeSimone N, Sarode R. Bleeding disorders in adolescents with heavy menstrual bleeding in a multicenter prospective US cohort. Haematologica. Published online: October 2019 (doi:10.3324/haematol.2019.225656).
- Kuper L, Mathews S, Lau M. Baseline mental health and psychosocial functioning of transgender adolescents seeking gender affirming hormone therapy. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2019; 40(8): 589-596.
- Zhao J, Lau M, Vermette D, Liang D, Flores G. Communication between Asian-American adolescents and healthcare providers about sexual activity, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy prevention. J Adolesc Res. 2017;32(2):205-226
- Zia A, Lau M, Journeycake J, Sarode R, Marshall J, De Simone N, Wilson E, Winborn A, Kouides P. Developing a multidisciplinary Young Women's Blood Disorders Program: a single-centre approach with guidance for other centres. Haemophilia. 2016;22(2):199-207.
- Lau M, Lin H, Flores G. Factors associated with being pleased with a female partner pregnancy among sexually active US adolescent males. Am J of Mens Health. 2016;10(3):192-206.
- Lau M, Lin H, Flores G. Clusters of factors identify a high prevalence of pregnancy involvement among US adolescent males. Matern Child Health J. 2015;19(8):1713-1723.
- Lau M, Lin H, Flores G. Pleased to be pregnant? Positive pregnancy attitudes among sexually active adolescent females in the US. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2014;27(4):210-215.
- Lau M, Lin H, Flores G. Clusters of markers identify high and low prevalence of adolescent pregnancy in the US. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2013;26(1):40-46.
- Lau M, Lin H, Flores G. Primary language spoken at home and disparities in the health and healthcare of US adolescents. Divers and Equal Health and Care. 2012;9(4):267-280.
- Lau M, Lin H, Flores G. Factors associated with the human papillomavirus vaccine initiation and healthcare provider recommendation in US adolescent females. Vaccine. 2012;30(20):3112-3118.
- Lau M, Lin H, Flores G. Racial/ethnic disparities in health and healthcare among US adolescents. Health Serv Res. 2012;47(5):2031-2059.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
- North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
- Texas Medical Society
- Dallas County Medical Society
Awards and Honors
- Leaders in Medicine - Dallas Medical Journal (2020)
- Fellow of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine - Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (2014)
- Early Career Women's Faculty Professional Development Seminar - Association of American Medical Colleges|Selected to attend by the University of Texas Southwestern Office of Women's Careers (2013)
- Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas - D Magazine|Nominated by physician peers (2011-present)