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    Catherine Lau

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentMedicine
    Address505 Parnassus Avenue
    San Francisco CA 94117
    Phone415-476-6753
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      New York UniversityM.D.School of Medicine2006

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      Catherine Lau is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF and a member of the Division of Hospital Medicine since 2009. She obtained her undergraduate degree with departmental honors from Stanford University in 2002 and received her M.D. at New York University in 2006, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and was awarded the AMWA Glagow-Rubin Award for Excellence in Academics and Professionalism. She completed her medical residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA before joining the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF in August 2009.

      Catherine is the former medical director of the Nighttime Hospitalist Service and currently serves as the Director for Patient Safety and Quality in the Department of Neurological Surgery. In addition to her clinical role as a medicine ward attending, Catherine also serves as a hospitalist on the Hospitalist Proceduralist Service and Neurosurgery Comanagement Service. Her clinical interests outside of teaching and attending on the medical wards include improving the safety, quality, and value of care delivered to neurosurgical inpatients and outpatients, improving communication between patients and their providers, improving patient satisfaction with their medical care, and improving the discharge process.


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      1. Birk HS, Han SJ, Rolston JD, Rowland NC, Lau C, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott MW. Resident-led Implementation of a Standardized Handoff System to Facilitate Transfer of Postoperative Neurosurgical Patients to the ICU. Cureus. 2016; 8(1):e461. PMID: 26929888.
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      2. Han SJ, Rolston JD, Zygourakis CC, Sun MZ, McDermott MW, Lau CY, Aghi MK. Preventing Delays in First-Case Starts on the Neurosurgery Service: A Resident-Led Initiative at an Academic Institution. J Surg Educ. 2016 Mar-Apr; 73(2):291-5. PMID: 26774935.
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      3. Lau CY. Quality improvement tools and processes. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2015 Apr; 26(2):177-87, viii. PMID: 25771273.
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      4. Han SJ, Rolston JD, Lau CY, Berger MS. Improving patient safety in neurologic surgery. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2015 Apr; 26(2):143-7, vii. PMID: 25771269.
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      5. Rolston JD, Zygourakis CC, Han SJ, Lau CY, Berger MS, Parsa AT. Medical errors in neurosurgery. Surg Neurol Int. 2014; 5(Suppl 10):S435-40. PMID: 25371849; PMCID: PMC4209704.
      6. Berger MS, Wachter RM, Greysen SR, Lau CY. Changing our culture to advance patient safety: the 2013 AANS Presidential Address. J Neurosurg. 2013 Dec; 119(6):1359-69. PMID: 24289847.
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      7. Rolston JD, Han SJ, Lau CY, Berger MS, Parsa AT. Frequency and predictors of complications in neurological surgery: national trends from 2006 to 2011. J Neurosurg. 2014 Mar; 120(3):736-45. PMID: 24266542.
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      8. Han SJ, Saigal R, Rolston JD, Cheng JS, Lau CY, Mistry RI, McDermott MW, Berger MS. Targeted reduction in neurosurgical laboratory utilization: resident-led effort at a single academic institution. J Neurosurg. 2014 Jan; 120(1):173-7. PMID: 24125592.
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      9. Lau CY, Greysen SR, Mistry RI, Han SJ, Mummaneni PV, Berger MS. Creating a culture of safety within operative neurosurgery: the design and implementation of a perioperative safety video. Neurosurg Focus. 2012 Nov; 33(5):E3. PMID: 23116098.
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      10. Haber LA, Lau CY, Sharpe BA, Arora VM, Farnan JM, Ranji SR. Effects of increased overnight supervision on resident education, decision-making, and autonomy. J Hosp Med. 2012 Oct; 7(8):606-10. PMID: 22865395.
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