Last Updated: Jul 9, 2019
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HARRISBURG (July 9, 2019) – A Philadelphia emergency physician has been named recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Physician Award for Community Voluntary Service. Wayne Bond Lau, MD, won the statewide award for his volunteer work at Philadelphia’s Chinatown Clinic at Holy Redeemer Church.
It is estimated that on a yearly basis Dr. Lau provides free health care to more than 2,000 Chinese, Indonesian, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and African American patients at the Chinatown Clinic. The majority of these patients are uninsured, undocumented, financially disadvantaged, and need medical care for chronic issues like diabetes and hypertension.
Dr. Lau has volunteered at the clinic for more than a decade and currently serves as director of the program.
“His lifelong compassionate and altruistic care to patients and his longstanding commitment to helping vulnerable populations and healing all those who pass through our doors is unparalleled,” said PAMED former President Theodore Christopher, MD, who nominated Dr. Lau for the award.
Dr. Lau shares his vocation for serving others with the medical students he teaches at Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Each year, he selects several of his students to volunteer every week at the Chinatown Clinic.
In addition to his work at the Chinatown Clinic, Dr. Lau has frequently volunteered on the CBS “Docs on Call” Public Service Program and has been a guest on ABC News Live Twitter Chat with Dr. Richard Besser.
On the international front, Dr. Lau has volunteered two weeks of his summer in China at the West China Hospital and Japan, giving his signature lecture, “The Importance of Volunteerism in America and the World.”
Dr. Lau credits his strong commitment to volunteerism to his parents, HonKay and Meifong. His sister, Bonnie, is also an emergency physician. His wife, Tingfang Chen, is a child/adolescent psychiatrist, a fellow Jeffersonian, and an alumna of the psychiatry residency program.
Dr. Lau and his wife have two daughters, Audrey and Lois.
Dr. Lau earned his medical degree at Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. He has been faculty at Jefferson ever since, and is now professor of emergency medicine, director of the Clinical Translational Research Track of the Scholarly Inquiry program, director of the Jefferson China Center, and associate director of the Jefferson Japan Center.
He will formally be presented the award at the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s annual meeting in Hershey on October 26.
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Jeff Wirick, Pennsylvania Medical Society
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