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James Lawrence MD

Board Certification:

American Board of Surgery, 
(Orthopaedic Surgery)

Contact Information:

Bone & Joint/Capital Region Orthopaedics
1367 Washington Avenue, Suite 200
Attn: Robin Ehlers
Albany, NY 12206

Tel: (518) 489-2666
Fax: (518)701-2920

Specialties Education Details Full Biography Additional Locations

Orthopaedic Surgery
Spine Surgery
Spinal disorders, spine trauma, spinal cord injury
Cervical spine, spine deformity
Disc herniation, spinal stenosis
Degenerative and arthritis conditions of the spine


Orthopaedic Surgery-Spinal

07/01/2007 - 06/30/2008
Thomas Jefferson Univ Hosp
Philadelphia, PA


Orthopaedic Surgery

07/01/2002 - 05/30/2007
Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT

Medical Education


08/01/1998 - 05/30/2002
Univ. of Connecticut School of Medicine
Farmington, CT

Dr. 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 disk problems and stenosis, complex adult spinal deformity surgery, complex spinal trauma, and spinal tumors.

After graduating from his undergraduate studies at Trinity College, Dr. Lawrence received medical and business degrees from the University of Connecticut. He then completed his internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale. Dr. Lawrence completed 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 in the basic science and  clinical practice of spine surgery and many chapters in leading textbooks in 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 disk.  Dr. Lawrence is also a member of several professional societies. 

Associations / Awards
- Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Young Investigator Award, 2011
- O. Don Chrisman Orthopaedic Research Award, Yale University Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, New Haven, CT, 2007
- Eastern Orthopaedic Association Resident Research Award, Boca Raton, FL, 2006
- Finalist, Russell Hibbs Basic Science Award, Scoliosis Research Society, Monterey, CA, 2006
- Assistant Professor of Surgery, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

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

Capital Region Orthopaedics
Malta Medical Emergent Care
6 Medical Park Drive
Suite 201
Malta, NY 12020