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Sarah W Lai, MD

Sarah W Lai, MD

Pediatric General Surgery
Sarah W. Lai, MD, MSc was born and raised in Edmonton, Canada. She completed her medical school and general surgery training at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She then moved to Calgary, Canada where she completed a master’s degree in gastrointestinal sciences concurrently with a residency in the clinician investigator program at the University of Calgary, studying the effects of gut hormones and nutrition on intestinal adaptation in short bowel syndrome. She subsequently went on to complete a pediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Calgary Alberta Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lai has won multiple research grants and awards, including the Calgary Surgical Research and Development Fund Grant, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute Community Support Grant, the William H. Davies Medical Research Scholarship, the Henry Koopman Award, the University of Calgary Surgeons’ Day Award, the Gastrointestinal Sciences MDGI Award, and the European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Outstanding Paper Award. Her research interests include outcomes of minimally invasive surgery in children, diagnostic accuracy meta-analyses, intestinal adaptation in short bowel syndrome, and other pediatric surgery topics. Dr. Lai has also won several awards for academic excellence, teaching and in laparoscopic surgery competitions. Outside of the operating room, Dr. Lai enjoys traveling, scuba diving, skiing, cycling and hiking.
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Bowel Resection

Bronchogenic Cysts

Choledochal Cyst Repair


Cystic Adenomatoid Aalformation (CCAM)

Diaphragmatic Hernia

Duodenal Atresia

Duodenal Duplication


Esophageal Duplication

Fallopian Tube Cyst

Gall Bladder Removal

Hernia Repair (Umbilical, Inguinal, Epigastric, Hiatal)


Imperforate Anus


Ladd's Procedure for Malrotation

Lung Biopsy

Meckel's Diverticulum

Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery

Minimally-Invasive Surgery

Nissen Fundoplication

Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian Torsion

Pancreatic Pseudocysts

Pectus Carinatum (Dynamic Compression Brace)

Pectus Excavatum (Nuss Procedure)

Pediatric Surgery

Pulmonary Sequestration

Pyloric Stenosis

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RNY)


Splenic Cystectomy

Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula

Ulcerative Colitis

Urachal Remnant

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