James Lawrence, M.D.

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James Lawrence, M.D.
Verified Patient Rating: 5 (217 patient reviews and ratings)
Back, General Orthopaedics, Neck, Spine

Dr. James Lawrence is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is licensed to practice medicine in the state of New York. He is also an assistant professor in the orthopaedic division of the department of surgery at Albany Medical College. His expertise and interests include minimally invasive spinal surgery, cervical and lumbar disc problems and stenosis, complex adult spinal deformity surgery, complex spinal trauma, and spinal tumors.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Trinity College, Dr. Lawrence received graduate degrees in medicine and business from the University of Connecticut. He then completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Yale. Dr. Lawrence then underwent fellowship training in orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgery at the prestigious Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia.

Dr. Lawrence has authored numerous publications on the basic science and clinical practice of spine surgery and many chapters in textbooks on spinal surgery. He has presented research internationally and at numerous national meetings, including the North American Spine Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, the Eastern Orthopaedic Association, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. His current research interests surround the development of original techniques and instruments in spinal surgery, outcomes research, and the basic science and physiology of the intervertebral disc. Dr. Lawrence is also a member of several professional societies.

“Dr. Lawrence performed 2 major back surgeries on me. I am backpacking The Appalachian Trail, all 2,190 miles of it. Enough said. Thank you!”

– Andrew S.

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“Underwent a laminectomy about a year ago, surgery performed by Dr Lawrence. All previous neuro and ortho doctors were anti surgery...advising only if pain were unbearable. Dr Lawrence was immediately positive and said he'd get me climbing mountains again. I've recent;y climbed three mountains with no pain or adverse effects. I'm 68 years old and it took just under a year but Dr Lawrence was true to his word. I'm currently feeling better than I have in at least 10 years. Thank You Dr Lawrence...you gave me back my active lifestyle!”

– Dennis B.

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“Excellent, very knowledgeable, patient, great results.”

– Harry N.

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Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts in History: Trinity College, Hartford, CT
  • Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
  • Master of Business Administration: University of Connecticut School of Business, Storrs, CT
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Spine Fellowship: Rothman Institute/Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • American College of Physician Executives
  • American Spinal Injury Association
  • Board of Trustees, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • New York State Medical Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Reviewer, Spine
  • The American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program
  • Thomas Jefferson University Surgical Society
  • Yale Orthopaedic Association
  • Yale Surgical Society


  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association Resident Research Award, 2006
  • Finalist, Russell Hibbs Basic Science Award, Scoliosis Research Society, 2006
  • O. Don Chrisman Orthopaedic Research Award, Yale University – Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, 2007
  • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Young Investigator Award, 2011

Staff Appointments

  • Albany Medical College: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Albany Medical Center
  • Capital Region Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • St. Peter’s Hospital


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