Language: English, Chinese (Cantonese)
Gender: Male
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Personal Statement

“I take great pride in being a cardiac surgeon in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian Hospital, as I am practicing with a group of the finest cardiac and thoracic surgeons in the country. I am committed to providing excellent comprehensive care to all of our patients and I emphasize a patient-centered approach, striving to provide the best care possible for each patient’s individual needs. This is made possible by our group’s distinguished ability to take care of the most complex situations at any time of the day or night and the fantastic staff, including the nurses, anesthesiologists, critical care team, surgeons, and technicians at all levels.”

Specialties & Expertise

Specialties

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic and Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgery, Thoracic Cardiovascular
  • Heart Surgery

Expertise

  • Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Thoracic Aortic Surgery
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Valve Sparing Aortic Root Replacement
  • Endovascular Stent Graft Repair of Descending Thoracic Aorta
  • Aortic Stent Graft
  • Aortic and Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair (Complex)
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Valve Replacement, Aortic and Mitral
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Aortic Arch Surgery
  • Aortic Dissection Repair
  • Bloodless Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Cardiac Aneurysm
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Bypass Surgery
  • Endovascular Repair For Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Open Heart Surgery

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [PPO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • AETNA [HMO]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [HMO]

Qualifications

Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Clinical & Academic Positions

Assistant Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 2007
  • B.A., New York University, 2003

Honors & Awards

New York University Founder's Day Award, 2003

General Surgery Resident of the Year, 2010

General Surgery Resident of the Year, 2011

Thomas W. Pollock Award, 2012

Biography

Dr. Christopher Lau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Lau completed his undergraduate studies at New York University where he obtained degrees in Philosophy and Psychology. He then earned his medical degree at Downstate Medical Center, where he was recruited to stay to complete his General Surgery residency. During this time, he received multiple awards including the Thomas W. Pollock Award for professionalism, compassion and dedication. Subsequently, he completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He then remained at Weill Cornell for an Advanced Cardiovascular/Aortic Aneurysm Surgery Fellowship and was recruited to stay on staff as an Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Lau takes a particular interest in surgery of the aorta and aortic aneurysms. He assists in managing the aortic aneurysm surgery center and performs a variety of standard open surgery and minimally invasive endovascular stent-grafting procedures related to the aorta. He and his team are experienced in managing problems in any part of the aorta extending from the aortic root to the ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending thoracic aorta, thoracoabdominal aorta, and infrarenal abdominal aorta down to the bifurcation. In the aortic root, he can perform valve sparing aortic root reconstructions, which provide a durable result while keeping the patient's own valve, or if the valve must be changed, a variety of biologic or mechanical composite valve-grafts are used. For aortic arch aneurysms, part or all of the arch can be replaced with proven effective brain protection techniques. Any part of the thoracic, thoracoabdominal, or abdominal aorta can be stented or replaced with conventional surgery depending on each individual patient's anatomic needs. 

Dr. Lau’s interests also include all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. He has extensive experience in coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), multiple arterial bypass grafting, use of bilateral internal mammary arteries (BIMA), use of radial artery conduits, structural heart disease, aortic stenosis, aortic insufficiency, bicuspid aortic valves, aortic valve repair/replacement, mitral stenosis, mitral insufficiency, mitral valve repair/replacement, aortic aneurysm repair, aortic root replacement (Bentall procedure), valve-sparing aortic root replacement (David procedure), descending thoracic and thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery, thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR), endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR), aortic dissections, cardiac tumors, cardiac assist devices, LVAD, ECMO, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (Maze), and cardiac complications of connective tissue disorders such as Marfan Syndrome.