Dr. Brenda Lau

MD, FRCPC, FFPMANZCA, MM, FRCPC Founder (Pain Medicine), CIPS


Dr. Brenda Lau is a Pain Specialist and Anesthesiologist practicing in Vancouver and Surrey, BC with over 20 years experience in both.  She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australia & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists after completing a two year Pain Medicine fellowship and Master of Medicine degree in Sydney, Australia subspecializing in interventional pain management and multi-disciplinary team care.

In 2013, she co-founded the Vancouver based CHANGEpain Clinic, the only College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC accredited pain centre that provides multi-disciplinary pain care for myofascial, spine, neuropathic, complex regional pain syndrome, headache, pelvic, visceral, post-surgical, post-trauma, chronic diseases, and post-cancer.  She and her team specializes in the prevention and early recovery from injury.

Brenda is passionate about resolving chronic pain through therapies supporting prevention, pre-habilitation and early recovery after injury.  She has led numerous national, provincial and hospital based initiatives to improve understanding of pain, improve pain treatments, and improve pain care training.

Brenda is a practicing Canadian Anesthesiologist in good standing who completed her training at the University of British Columbia and is a recognized Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada since 2004. She completed a two-year Pain Medicine fellowship and one year Master of Medicine degree in Sydney, Australia where she subspecialized in interventional pain management and multi-disciplinary team care.

After her 3 year pain fellowship and masters degree, she restarted her anesthesiology and pain practice in 2008 at Surrey Memorial Hospital and led the development of the multidisciplinary pain clinic at Surrey’s Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre as its first Medical Director. In 2011, she became the first chair of the Fraser Health Authority region wide pain services division supporting the development of various acute and chronic pain services across 10 FHA hospital sites.

Brenda was a founder and board member of, and continues to contribute to, the Pain BC Society that formed in 2008.  She has also been involved in several province-wide services including the Providence Health Care RACE Pain hotline, co-chaired the Pain Practice Support Program, helped create the BC Women’s Hospital Chronic Pelvic Pain program and was the medical lead on regional pain initiatives in Northern Health Authority and FraserHealth Authority.

To improve training standards and opportunities for physicians, since 2008 she has been working with the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada as one of the founding members of the sub-specialty of Pain Medicine which was approved in 2013. In 2015, Brenda became the Program Director of the UBC Pain Medicine Residency program.

She feels deeply fulfilled with spending time with her family, cooking for friends, exploration through travel, winding up and down with music, and immersing in kundalini and power flow yoga, biking, skiing and sailing.

In 2019, her health journey is fueled by #presstostand.

Achievements & Awards

  • Co-founder and Medical Director, CHANGEpain clinic
  • Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Founder and Specialty Committee member, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Sub-specialty of Pain Medicine
  • Co-founder PainBC society
  • Interventional Pain Specialist, CHANGEpain and False Creek Healthcare Centre
  • Anesthesiologist, Surrey Memorial Hospital

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