Michael Lawton, MD
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute
President and CEO, Barrow Neurological Institute

Department Contact:
Leigh Cummings
Phone: 602-827-2905

Michael Lawton, MD

Brief Bio

Dr. Lawton is president and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) and the chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at BNI. He holds the Robert F. Spetzler Chair in Neuroscience and is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Lawton’s neurosurgical expertise includes cerebrovascular disorders — aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations and stroke — as well as skull base tumors. He has treated more than 4,500 brain aneurysms and 1,000 cavernous malformations.

He is the principal investigator for the Brain Vascular Malformation Consortium, a NIH-funded multi-center group studying the genetics and clinical course of rare vascular diseases of the brain. He has published more than 550 peer-reviewed articles, three single-author textbooks and more than 70 book chapters. He co-founded Mission:BRAIN, a teaching mission to raise the level of neurosurgery practiced in developing countries, that conducts annual missions in Mexico and Asia.

Dr. Lawton received a degree in biomedical engineering from Brown University and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Barrow, where he also completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery. After joining the faculty at University of California, San Francisco, he later completed a fellowship in endovascular surgery there.

Dr. Lawton is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Society of Neurological Surgeons, American Academy of Neurological Surgery and World Academy of Neurological Surgery.