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

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
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016 – 2018


Winnie Lau, MD
  • Address

    170 Manning Drive


    Chapel Hill, NC 27599