Treatment & Services
- Abdominal Surgery
- Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
- Advanced Laparoscopy and Gallstones
- Advanced Operative Laparoscopy
- Anorectal Surgery
- Benign Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
- Benign Tumor Surgery
- Bile Duct Exploration
- Bile Duct Stone Removal
- Biliary Surgery
- Breast Biopsy
- Breast Cancer Surgery Program
- Breast Conservation Surgery
- Breast Exam
- Colon And Rectal Surgical Procedures
- Colon Surgery
- Colorectal Surgery
- Debridement of Skin and Wound
- Department of General Surgery
- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
- Diagnostic Procedures
- Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
- Gastrointestinal Surgery
- General Surgery
- Hemorrhoid Arterial Ligation
- Hepatobiliary Surgery
- Hernia Open Repair Surgery
- Hernia Surgery
- Intestinal Stomas
- Intestinal Surgery
- Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
- Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
- Laparoscopic Colectomy
- Laparoscopic Colon Resection
- Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
- Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
- Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
- Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
- Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
- Laparoscopic Lymph Node Biopsy
- Laparoscopic Splenectomy
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
- Malignant Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy
- Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Muscle Biopsy
- Percutaneous Biopsy
- Placement of Balloon Catheter for Partial Breast Radiation
- Rectal Cancer Surgery
- Rectal Surgery
- Second Opinion
- Second Opinion Breast Cancer
- Sentinel Lymph Node Procedures
- Sentinel Node Biopsy
- Seroma Aspirations
- Single incision laparoscopic surgery
- Soft Tissue (Sarcoma)
- Soft Tissue Biopsy
- Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
- Sphincter Surgery
- Stoma Surgery
- Surgery For Breast Cancer
- Surgery For Carcinoma Of The Colon
- Surgery For Crohn's Disease
- Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
- Temporal Artery Biopsy
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Abdominal Hernia
- Anal Abscesses
- Anal Cancer
- Anal Fissures
- Anal Fistula
- Benign Breast Disease
- Bile Duct Diseases
- Bile Duct Stones
- Biliary Disorders
- Breast Abscess
- Breast Cancer
- Breast Disease
- Breast Infections
- Breast Lump
- Breast Pain
- Colon Polyps
- Colorectal Cancer
- Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
- Gastrointestinal Tract
- Hepatobiliary Disease
- Intestinal Carcinoid Tumors
- Intraductal Papilloma
- Large Bowel (Intestinal) Obstruction
- Large Bowel Cancer
- Large Intestine Cancer
- Metastatic Breast Cancer
- Nipple Discharge
- Pilonidal Cyst
- Rectal Abscess
- Rectal Bleeding
- Recurrent Breast Cancer
- Small Bowel Cancer
- Soft Tissue Masses
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma
- Strictures Of The Gi Tract
- Umbilical Hernias
- Ventral Hernia
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Residency - St. John Macomb Hospital
Warren, MI USA
Medical School - Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Des Moines, IA USA
Undergraduate - Abilene Christian University
Abilene, TX USA
Laparoscopic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, gallbladder diseases, hernia repair surgery, breast surgery, colorectal surgery, skin lesions, EGD and colonoscopy, hemorrhoidal diseases, antireflux procedures, minimally invasive procedures
Research & Publications
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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.
As of 11/19/2018, Dr. Lai has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.
Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.
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94 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.9|
|Knows Medical History||4.8|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.9|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.9|
11 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019
very high regard for Dr. Lai and his staff. Very thorough and friendly.
Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019
the Dr. was extremely nice and thorough!
Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019
I put my trust in this doctor for any procedures.
Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018
Dr Lai explained things clearly.
Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018
My experience with the physician & staff is always exceptional.
Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018
Dr. Lai did an amazing job removing my cyst. the wound looks great, he answered all of my questions, and is very kind. Great bedside manner!
Reviewed on Oct 22, 2018
Dr. Lai is spectacular, great information and knowledge. Made everything easy to understand and explained options.
Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018
Dr Lai is one of the nicest, professional dr I have met at Cleveland Clinic. Do everything possible to keep him.
Reviewed on Aug 6, 2018
Dr. Lai is remarkable.Great bedside manner.Wonderful surgeon.I had a very successful hernia operation.Thanks!
Reviewed on May 27, 2018
*Dr. Lai J. Karen (PA) are excellent! I would recommend then to anyone!
Reviewed on Apr 26, 2018
Dr. Lai was very thorough, was not rushed and used visuals very effectively.
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