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.