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Marshfield Center

1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449

Appointment Phone:
1-715-387-5350

Provider Bio down arrow

As a neuro-oncologist, Dr. Lawler has specialty training and experience in treating tumors of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. It’s an area that many patients, and health care providers as well, do not fully understand.

“I insist that my patients are the decision-makers, while I advise them on the options available,” he said. “I want to understand what is important in their lives, and for them to understand their treatment so there are no surprises.” He’s involved in several clinical trials of new chemotherapies and other treatments, which require that patients be well-informed.

Although he grew up in southern California, Dr. Lawler discovered during his training that he really enjoyed having four distinct seasons. Marshfield Clinic was a good fit for him, not only because of its northern climate but because it offered a sufficient patient base to support his subspecialty.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and a fellowship in neuro-oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital with Harvard Medical School in Boston.

He enjoys long-distance running, including the Chicago Marathon, snowboarding, hockey, snowshoeing and hiking. He and his wife, Carmen, have two children.

Professional Summary down arrow

  • Medical School
    University of Illinois - College of Medicine Peoria, IL, United States, M.D. 1996

    Internship
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH, United States, Internal Medicine 1997

    Residency
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH, United States, Neurology 2000

    Fellowship
    Harvard University Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA, United States, Neuro-Oncology 2001

  • Professional Societies
    American Society of Clinical Oncology Society for Neuro-Oncology

    Board Certifications
    Neurology: 2005, recertified 2016

    State Licenses
    Wisconsin

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Patient Ratings down arrow

4.6
out of 5 (89 ratings, 11 comments)
4.6
Provider friendliness
4.6
Provider explanations of my problem
4.5
Provider concern for my questions
4.5
Provider's efforts to include me in treatment decisions
4.5
Provider's medication information
4.7
Provider's follow-up care instructions
4.6
Provider's use of words I understood
4.7
Provider's amount of time with me
4.6
My confidence in this provider
4.5
My likelihood of recommending this provider

Patient Comments down arrow

Comments are also gathered from the Press Ganey patient satisfaction survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing.
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March 13, 2017
My husband came with this visit and had lots of questions for Dr. Lawler. He was very impressed with dr. and finally had some relief concerning my condition.
April 07, 2017
The trust I have in Dr. Lawler and the trust he has in me along with his understanding of my complex health situation is the reason I stay at Marshfield Clinic.
May 30, 2017
Best dr - patient ever my son & I thought Dr. Lawler was excellent.
August 31, 2017
Excellent listener; extremely knowledgeable.
August 31, 2017
While I did not get the news I wanted to, Dr. Lawler was very compassionate & gave me all the time I needed. He did an excellent job explaining everything to me & did not make me feel rushed.
October 11, 2017
Good.
November 08, 2017
Very good.
January 04, 2018
I have seen Dr. Lawler many times since [...]. He is always courteous & answers my questions. I really like him for a dr.
January 22, 2018
Put me at ease.
February 07, 2017
He was very arrogant my first 2 visit. He was a lot better my last visit.
February 06, 2017
Dr. Lawler is a very smart man and knows his field very well. But uses words a regular person does not understand. Whole sentences that are not understood. He is very good, we just didn't understand most of it.
February 06, 2017
Dr. Lawler is a very smart man and knows his field very well. But uses words a regular person does not understand. Whole sentences that are not understood. He is very good, we just didn't understand most of it.
February 07, 2017
He was very arrogant my first 2 visit. He was a lot better my last visit.
March 13, 2017
My husband came with this visit and had lots of questions for Dr. Lawler. He was very impressed with dr. and finally had some relief concerning my condition.
April 07, 2017
The trust I have in Dr. Lawler and the trust he has in me along with his understanding of my complex health situation is the reason I stay at Marshfield Clinic.
May 30, 2017
Best dr - patient ever my son & I thought Dr. Lawler was excellent.
August 31, 2017
Excellent listener; extremely knowledgeable.
August 31, 2017
While I did not get the news I wanted to, Dr. Lawler was very compassionate & gave me all the time I needed. He did an excellent job explaining everything to me & did not make me feel rushed.
October 11, 2017
Good.
November 08, 2017
Very good.
January 04, 2018
I have seen Dr. Lawler many times since [...]. He is always courteous & answers my questions. I really like him for a dr.
January 22, 2018
Put me at ease.
February 06, 2017
Dr. Lawler is a very smart man and knows his field very well. But uses words a regular person does not understand. Whole sentences that are not understood. He is very good, we just didn't understand most of it.
February 07, 2017
He was very arrogant my first 2 visit. He was a lot better my last visit.
March 13, 2017
My husband came with this visit and had lots of questions for Dr. Lawler. He was very impressed with dr. and finally had some relief concerning my condition.
April 07, 2017
The trust I have in Dr. Lawler and the trust he has in me along with his understanding of my complex health situation is the reason I stay at Marshfield Clinic.
May 30, 2017
Best dr - patient ever my son & I thought Dr. Lawler was excellent.
August 31, 2017
Excellent listener; extremely knowledgeable.
August 31, 2017
While I did not get the news I wanted to, Dr. Lawler was very compassionate & gave me all the time I needed. He did an excellent job explaining everything to me & did not make me feel rushed.
October 11, 2017
Good.
November 08, 2017
Very good.
January 04, 2018
I have seen Dr. Lawler many times since [...]. He is always courteous & answers my questions. I really like him for a dr.
January 22, 2018
Put me at ease.
January 22, 2018
Put me at ease.
January 04, 2018
I have seen Dr. Lawler many times since [...]. He is always courteous & answers my questions. I really like him for a dr.
November 08, 2017
Very good.
October 11, 2017
Good.
August 31, 2017
Excellent listener; extremely knowledgeable.
August 31, 2017
While I did not get the news I wanted to, Dr. Lawler was very compassionate & gave me all the time I needed. He did an excellent job explaining everything to me & did not make me feel rushed.
May 30, 2017
Best dr - patient ever my son & I thought Dr. Lawler was excellent.
April 07, 2017
The trust I have in Dr. Lawler and the trust he has in me along with his understanding of my complex health situation is the reason I stay at Marshfield Clinic.
March 13, 2017
My husband came with this visit and had lots of questions for Dr. Lawler. He was very impressed with dr. and finally had some relief concerning my condition.
February 07, 2017
He was very arrogant my first 2 visit. He was a lot better my last visit.
February 06, 2017
Dr. Lawler is a very smart man and knows his field very well. But uses words a regular person does not understand. Whole sentences that are not understood. He is very good, we just didn't understand most of it.