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May Lau, M.D., M.P.H., is an Associate 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 along with treating youth 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 has been elected to the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adolescent Medicine Executive Committee and co-chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Texas Pediatric Society Committee on Adolescent and Sports Medicine, Dr. Lau served as President of the Texas Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, and a consultant to 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, education, and research. She has spoken on numerous adolescent medicine topics including care of youth with gender dysphoria, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, and mental health at national and regional meetings. Her research on racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent health, adolescent pregnancy, and youth with gender dysphoria has been presented at national meetings and appeared in many peer-reviewed journals including Pediatrics, LGBT Health, Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 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
Graduate School
UT Health Science Center at Houston (2004)

Research Interest

  • Adolescent pregnancy prevention
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent health
  • Sexual and reproductive health of adolescents
  • Youth with gender dysphoria


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

The 21st Century Cures Act and Multiuser Electronic Health Record Access: Potential Pitfalls of Information Release.
Arvisais-Anhalt S, Lau M, Lehmann CU, Holmgren AJ, Medford RJ, Ramirez CM, Chen CN, J Med Internet Res 2022 Feb 24 2 e34085
Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care for Transgender Youth: A Qualitative Study of Patient, Parent, and Provider Perspectives.
Pham T, García A, Tsai M, Lau M, Kuper LE, LGBT Health 2021 May-Jun 8 4 281-289
Developing a Curriculum on Transgender Health Care for Physician Assistant Students.
Hart BG, Kindratt TB, Vasudevan A, Garcia AD, Pagels P, Orcutt V, Lau MC, J Physician Assist Educ 2021 Mar 32 1 48-53
Gender-affirming hormone therapy in cystic fibrosis - A case of new Pseudomonas infection.
Shaffer L, Bozkanat K, Lau M, Sharma P, Sathe M, Lopez X, Jain R, Respir Med Case Rep 2021 32 101353
Perspectives of Texas School Nurses on Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Resources to Teens.
Gao E, Greenberg T, Tapler D, Lau M Texas Public Health Journal. 2021 73 1 20-24
Body Dissatisfaction and Mental Health Outcomes of Youth on Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy.
Kuper LE, Stewart S, Preston S, Lau M, Lopez X, Pediatrics 2020 04 145 4
Bleeding disorders in adolescents with heavy menstrual bleeding in a multicentre prospective US cohort.
Zia A, Jain S, Kouides P, Zhang S, Gao A, Salas N, Lau M, Wilson E, DeSimone N, Sarode R, Haematologica 2019 Oct
Communication Between Asian American Adolescents and Health Care Providers About Sexual Activity, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Pregnancy Prevention
Zhao J, Lau M, Vermette D, Liang D, Flores G Adolesc Res. 2017 32 2 205-226
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
Developing a multidisciplinary Young Women's Blood Disorders Program: a single-centre approach with guidance for other centres.
Zia A, Lau M, Journeycake J, Sarode R, Marshall J, De Simone N, Wilson E, Winborn A, Kouides P Haemophilia 2016 Jan

Honors & Awards

  • Leaders in Medicine
    Dallas Medical Journal (2020)
  • Women In Medicine
    Dallas Medical Journal (2020)
  • 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 (2012)
  • Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas
    D Magazine (2011-2018)
  • 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

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (1998)
  • Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas (2014)
  • Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine (2003)
  • Texas Medical Society (2008)
  • Texas Pediatric Society (2009)