May Lau, M.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern and serves as the Medical Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult clinic at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

A board-certified adolescent medicine specialist, Dr. Lau joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2008. She specializes in adolescent female and male sexual and reproductive health and provides care for problems such as menstrual disorders, including polycystic ovarian syndrome and dysmenorrhea, and breast masses in females; and education and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and educating and providing contraception in females and males. Dr. Lau is also involved in providing care in the Young Women’s Blood Disorders clinic, a specialized clinic for adolescent females with menstrual and hematological issues and the GENECIS clinic (Gender Education and Care, Interdisciplinary Support), a specialized clinic for adolescent females and males with gender dysphoria.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. She co-chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Texas Pediatric Society Committee on Adolescent and Sports Medicine and is President of the Texas Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. She is also a member of the Texas Medical Association Committee on Child and Adolescent Health.

Dr. Lau’s goal is to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, through clinical work and research. She has presented her research on racial and ethnic disparities, adolescent pregnancy, and receipt of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine at national meetings and her work has appeared in the Journal of Adolescent Research, American Journal of Men’s Health, Vaccine, Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and Maternal and Child Health Journal.


Medical School
Albany Medical College (1998)
Albany Medical Center Hospital (1999), Pediatrics
Albany Medical Center Hospital (2001), Pediatrics
Texas Children's Hospital (2004), Adolescent Medicine
University of Texas School of Public Health - Houston (2004)
Graduate School
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2004)

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Research Interest

    • Adolescent health
    • Adolescent pregnancy prevention
    • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
    • Racial/ethnic disparities


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    If You Do Not Ask, They Will Not Tell: Evaluating Pregnancy Risk in Young Women in Pediatric Hospitals.
    Coles MS, Lau M, Akers AY J Adolesc Health 2016 Mar 58 3 251-2
    Clusters of Factors Identify A High Prevalence of Pregnancy Involvement Among US Adolescent Males.
    Lau M, Lin H, Flores G Matern Child Health J 2015 Feb
    A Novel Behavioral Intervention in Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Improves Glycemic Control: Preliminary Results From a Pilot Randomized Control Trial.
    Maranda L, Lau M, Stewart SM, Gupta OT Diabetes Educ 2015 Jan
    Factors Associated With Being Pleased With a Female Partner Pregnancy Among Sexually Active U.S. Adolescent Males.
    Lau M, Lin H, Flores G Am J Mens Health 2015 Jan
    Pleased to be Pregnant? Positive Pregnancy Attitudes among Sexually Active Adolescent Females in the United States.
    Lau M, Lin H, Flores G J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2014 Mar
    Clusters of markers identify high and low prevalence of adolescent pregnancy in the US.
    Lau M, Lin H, Flores G J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2013 Feb 26 1 40-6
    Racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care among U.S. adolescents.
    Lau M, Lin H, Flores G Health Serv Res 2012 Oct 47 5 2031-59
    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
    Multilevel correlates for human papillomavirus vaccination of adolescent girls attending safety net clinics.
    Tiro JA, Pruitt SL, Bruce CM, Persaud D, Lau M, Vernon SW, Morrow J, Skinner CS Vaccine 2012 Mar 30 13 2368-75
    Primary language spoken at home and disparities in the health and healthcare of US adolescents.
    Lau M, Lin H, Flores G Diversity and Equality in Health and Care 2012 ;9(4):267-280

    Honors & Awards

    • Fellow, Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
    • Early Career Women's Faculty Professional Development Seminar
      Association of American Medical Colleges (2013)
    • Mentor, Research Award for Best Abstract by Student
      Academic Pediatric Association Medical Student (2012)
    • Best Pediatricians in Dallas
      D Magazine (2011-2014)
    • University of Texas School of Public Health
      Student Research Award (2004)
    • American Academy of Pediatrics
      Resident Scholarship (1999-2000)
    • Winthrop University Hospital
      Scholarship for Medicine (1988)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • Pediatric Society of Dallas (2014)
    • Texas Pediatric Society (2009)
    • Texas Medical Society (2008)
    • Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine (2004)
    • American Academy of Pediatrics (1998)
    • Greater Dallas Pediatric Association