It is important to know the surgeon that you trust with performing a surgery for you. For this purpose, Dr. Lau wants you to get to know him better through his biography.
Dr. Michael Lau has been devoting his academic and professional life to achieving three career objectives:
To this end, Dr. Lau has been successful.
Dr. Lau’s excellence in surgical skills and judgment is attested by his patients and his peers, formalized by his election to be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) – one of the very few gynecologists receiving such recognition.
Dr. Lau received his pelvic reconstructive surgery and urogynecology training from Dr. C. Paul Hodgkinson, a world renowned gynecologic surgeon and the pioneer of urogynecology. Dr. Hodgkinson was the first to recognize the condition of detrusor hyperactivity (overactive bladder) and develop the first urodynamic system. He also pioneered the retropubicurethropexy procedure, the gold standard of surgery for stress urinary incontinence. Over a period of four years, Dr. Lau was Dr. Hodginson’s resident and then chief resident, ever grateful for the tutorage that he received from the master surgeon.
Dr. Lau also received cosmetic plastic surgery training from Dr. Robert Alexander and Dr. Ken Tucker, cosmetic plastic surgeons of highest skill and reputation. While Dr. Lau was trained in and performed all aspects of body cosmetic surgery, his main objective was to apply cosmetic plastic surgery techniques to vaginal cosmetic surgery.
Taking from what he learned from Dr. Hodgkinson and other great pelvic and vaginal surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Lau developed his own gynecologic surgery and pelvic/vaginal plastic and reconstructive surgery clinics in Seattle. Recognizing that while the traditional invasive surgeries are effective, new technology innovation can be used to translate some of these operations to minimally or even non-invasive procedures to reduce the surgical trauma and recovery requirement. Leveraging his scientific training, Dr. Lau was one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to use laser for gynecology, both for vaginal and cervical surgeries and laser laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Lau also pioneered the use of microwave for endometrial ablation to reduce heavy menses in the U.S. Using high definition optics and laser laparoscopy, Dr. Lau translates the open microscopic infertility surgery for pelvic adhesions and endometriosis to minimally invasive laser laparoscopy, an outpatient day surgery.
As mentioned, in order to perfect his surgical skill for cosmetic vaginal surgeries, Dr. Lau devoted two years to a preceptorship in cosmetic and plastic surgery with Dr. Robert Alexander, a world-renowned cosmetic surgeon and pioneer in fat transfer grafts, and Dr. Ken Tucker, a well-respected plastic surgeon in Seattle. Out of this training experience, Dr. Lau further developed minimally invasive surgical technologies as applied to cosmetic vaginal surgeries, all done with only local anesthesia.
Dr. Lau studied nuclear physics and chemistry at the University of Washington graduate school. After his Master of Science degree, he spent two years towards his PhD degree, working on heavy ion nuclear physics and astro-nuclear physics, before deciding to go to medical school. Leveraging his knowledge of physics and chemistry, Dr. Lau has been developing innovative technologies applied to surgery and medicine, consistent with his goal of translating invasive surgeries to minimally or non-invasive procedures. In addition to laser and microwave, Dr. Lau is an innovator in using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) therapy for non-invasive surgery, specifically in treating uterine fibroids. Dr. Lau has multiple U.S. patents and patent applications covering HIFU therapy, laparoscopic surgery, surgical mesh for urogynecology and plastic surgery, and also tissue contouring technologies. In order to implement the development of these technology innovations, Dr. Lau studied at the University of Oxford in the UK, concentrating in technology innovation and implementation, and received an MBA degree from Oxford.
With his close association with Oxford and his affiliation with the University of Washington and the University of Utah, Dr. Lau has been able to utilize the network amongst these three great institutions for technology innovation in helping him to develop innovative technologies for medicine and surgery.
State of Washington, Hawaii, & United Kingdom
Diplomat, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
FACS, Fellow of the American College of Surgeon
FACOG, Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Swedish Hospital Edmonds, Edmonds, WA
Clinical Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine.
Board Member, the STEM School Advisory Board, University of Washington Bothell.
Former consultant and speaker for Microsulis America, American Medical Systems, and Pfizer
Graduate School: University of Oxford – January 2008 – November 2009, MBA Nov 2009
Preceptorship: With Robert W. Alexander, MD, FICS and Kenneth R. Tucker, MD, FACS, Lynnwood, WA. Preceptorship in Cosmetic Surgery July 1999 – June 2001
Residency: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI – Chief Resident 1981 – 1982; Residency in Gynecology & Obstetrics July 1978 – June 1982
Internship: University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital – July 1977 – June 1978
Medical School: University of Hong Kong – Sept. 1972 – May 1977, M.B., B.S. May 1977
Graduate School: University of Washington – Sept. 1969 – Sept. 1972, M.S. Dec. 1970, Ph.D. Candidate in Nuclear Physics & Chemistry
Undergraduate: Church College of Hawaii, Laie, HI – Sept. 1966 – May 1969, B.S. in Chemistry May 1969
American College of Surgeons
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
King County Medical Society
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy
Gynecologic Urology Society Prize
Outstanding Teacher in Medicine by the Medical Students of the University of Michigan
Distinction in Pediatrics – University of Hong Kong
Dr. P.M. Yap Memorial Prize in Psychiatry, University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Medical Association Prize for Research in Neonatology, University of Hong Kong
Symposiums and lectures on vaginal cosmetic surgery, sexual function enhancement with vaginal cosmetic surgery, endometrial ablation, urinary incontinence, and pelvic floor surgery at various locations nationally and internationally.