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Marshfield - Marshfield Medical 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 (101 ratings, 10 comments)
4.6
Provider friendliness
4.6
Provider explanations of my problem
4.5
Provider concern for my questions
4.6
Provider's efforts to include me in treatment decisions
4.5
Provider's medication information
4.6
Provider's follow-up care instructions
4.5
Provider's use of words I understood
4.8
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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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 01, 2018
Very impressed with answered questions and concerns.
March 29, 2018
Great doctor!
March 11, 2018
My mother said he didn't do anything to help her & [...]
March 30, 2018
[...] We would never see him again or recommend him to anyone.
March 30, 2018
[...] We would never see him again or recommend him to anyone.
March 11, 2018
My mother said he didn't do anything to help her & [...]
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 01, 2018
Very impressed with answered questions and concerns.
March 29, 2018
Great doctor!
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 01, 2018
Very impressed with answered questions and concerns.
March 11, 2018
My mother said he didn't do anything to help her & [...]
March 29, 2018
Great doctor!
March 30, 2018
[...] We would never see him again or recommend him to anyone.
March 30, 2018
[...] We would never see him again or recommend him to anyone.
March 29, 2018
Great doctor!
March 11, 2018
My mother said he didn't do anything to help her & [...]
February 01, 2018
Very impressed with answered questions and concerns.
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.

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