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  • Program Director – Adult Neurology Residency
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery – Neurocritical Care
  • Neurointensivist

As a neurocritical care physician, I treat patients with life-threatening diseases of the brain and spine.  These are often the most terrifying experience for patients and their families and I am there to guide and support, while providing compassionate and high-quality critical care to their loved ones. As an educator, my mission is to foster and build communication skills for physicians in training and improve patient-centered shared decision-making.

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, family communications


  • Board Certified in Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2016
  • Board Certified in Neurocritical Care, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2021


  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 2008 – 2012
  • Internship, Internal Medicine
    Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, 2012 – 2013
  • Adult Neurology Residency
    Stanford University School of Medicine, 2013 – 2016
  • Chief Resident
    Stanford University School of Medicine, 2015 – 2016
  • Fellowship in Neurocritical Care
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016 – 2018


Winnie Lau, MD
  • Address

    170 Manning Drive


    Chapel Hill, NC 27599