Dr. Lai is board certified in both family and sports medicine and practices as a Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist in Long Beach, California. His clinical focus includes general medical care of athletes at all levels, general musculoskeletal care of all patients, sports physicals, sports concussions, and musculoskeletal procedures especially involving ultrasound guidance for joint and soft tissue injections.
Dr. Lai grew up in the South Bay and moved up north to attend college at Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction in Industrial Engineering. He worked in Silicon Valley in the software industry for a number of years, and then attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Thereafter, he returned to Southern California and finished residency training in family medicine at the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he served as Academic Chief Resident.
After residency training, Dr. Lai joined the MemorialCare Medical Group to become a full-time faculty physician at Long Beach Memorial, where he helps supervise and train residents and medical students. He is the faculty advisor for the Sports Medicine Area of Concentration (AOC), and in 2014, he became the inaugural fellow at the Long Beach Memorial Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.
Dr. Lai serves as the Head Team Physician for nearby California State University, Long Beach, and oversees the medical needs for over 400 NCAA Division I athletes. He is a volunteer team physician for Cypress Community College, and has provided sideline sports medicine coverage for numerous local schools including Cabrillo HS, St. Anthony HS, Los Alamitos HS, and Marina HS. He is a proud volunteer team physician for the Long Beach State Rugby club. He has participated in medical coverage at the Disney Half Marathon, the Tour of Long Beach, the FIVB World Series of Volleyball, amateur boxing shows, and the UC Irvine Zot Trot Triathlon.
Dr. Lai is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
His outside interests include running, cycling, auto racing, and listening to Vin Scully broadcasts of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball. He has run the New York Marathon (2006) and the Los Angeles Marathon (2015), and is a “legacy” runner of the Long Beach Half Marathon.
- Family Medicine
- Sports Medicine