Darren Lau

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medicine Dept


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medicine Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

Diabetes Clinical epidemiology Administrative databases Health services research


I am an academic general internal medicine physician with a special interest in diabetes.

Clinical Interests

Most Monday afternoons, I have a half-day diabetes-focused outpatient internal medicine practice. Several weeks out of the year, I attend acutely ill hospital inpatients at University of Alberta Hospital.


    Research-wise, I am interested in:

    • Outcomes of care
    • Value for cost
    • Effectiveness of medical therapies

                      ... primarily as they relate to type 2 diabetes mellitus.

    Diabetes is an important clinical and public health concern due to its high prevalence and increasing burden on patients, populations, and the health care system. There as recently been a wave of medical advances improving cardiovascular outcomes in this population with more anticipated. These new therapies will challenge our health care system to mitigate their risks, ensure appropriate uptake, provide adequate funding for access, and to optimize our healthcare delivery models.

    Examples of current projects

    • Evaluating the effects on health care utilization of a regional diabetes foot care clinical pathway.
    • SGLT2 inhibitor care gap in Alberta
    • Time-to-treatment intensification in patients with diabetes - Alberta trends and implications for GLP1 receptor agonist prescribing.

    I am always looking for new opportunities and welcome any correspondence about potential projects.


    I enjoy teaching internal medicine to medical learners on-the-job, as well as in more formal settings.  I am a believer in the role of the "generalist-specialist".  My eventual goal will be to foment a passion for both outpatient and inpatient general internal medicine in any learner I encounter.

    Featured Publications

    Lau D., Pannu N., Yeung R. O., Scott-Douglas N., Klarenbach S.

    CMAJ Open. 2022 October; Accepted manuscript ########

    Ngo J., Lau D., Ploquin J., Receveur T., Stassen K., Del Castilho C.

    BMJ Open Quality. 2022 September; Accepted manuscript September 15, 2022. ########

    Nandiwala S., Manca D. P., Yeung R. O., Lau D.

    CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL. 2022 August; Submitted manuscript (in revisions, August 2022), under review ########

    Lau D., Ringrose J., McAlister F.A., Fradette M., Wood P.W., Boulanger P., Klarenbach S., Holroyd-Leduc J.M., Alagiakrishnan K., Rabi D., Padwal R.

    JOURNAL OF HYPERTENSION. 2022 July; 40 (9):1702-1712 10.1097/HJH.0000000000003202

    Hao R., Myroniuk T., McGuckin T., Manca D., Campbell-Scherer D., Lau D., Yeung R.O.

    BMC Primary Care. 2022 May; 23 (1):124 10.1186/s12875-022-01731-w

    Bodoarca R., Yeung R.O., Lau D.

    Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2022 April; In press - Epub ahead of print 10.1016/j.jcjd.2022.04.004

    Lau D., Saxinger L.

    ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE. 2022 January; 175 (1):JC5 10.7326/J21-0008

    Lau D, Padwal R

    ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE. 2021 August; 174 (8):JC88 10.7326/ACPJ202108170-088

    Lau D., McAlister F.A.

    CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY. 2021 May; 37 (5):722-732 10.1016/j.cjca.2020.11.001

    Lau D., Sandhu R.K., Andrade J.G., Ezekowitz J., So H., Klarenbach S.

    Journal of the American Heart Association. 2021 January; 10 (14):e019599 10.1161/JAHA.120.019599