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Lawrence, Peter F. MD

Medical School Education
Institution: Harvard Medical School
Year: 1973

Board Certified

Dr. Lawrence graduated from Dartmouth College and was awarded his M.D. degree with honors from Harvard Medical School. His surgical residency and vascular fellowship were done at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. In 1978 he joined the faculty at the University of Utah where he served as Chief of Surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Chair of the Division of Vascular Surgery, and President of the Medical Staff. He moved to UC Irvine in 1998 to become the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Vice President for Specialty Services, and Professor of Surgery. In 2003 he moved to UCLA to become the Chief of Vascular Surgery and Director of the Gonda Vascular Center, as well as the Bergman Chair in Vascular Research.

He has published over 100 articles, editorials, and book chapters. His research interests are related to aneurysms, limb salvage, and venous disease. He has received National Institute of Health and Department of Defense funding for his research. In addition to his subspecialty of Vascular Surgery, Dr. Lawrence has written two textbooks of surgery, "Essentials of General Surgery" and "Essentials of Surgical Specialties", which are used at more than 70 percent of medical schools in their student education program. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Perspectives in Vascular Surgery, and Contemporary Surgery, as well as being a selective reviewer for seven other journals.

Dr. Lawrence has actively participated in numerous regional and national professional organizations such as the Association for Surgical Education (President 1984-1985), Rocky Mountain Vascular Surgery Society (President 1989-1990), Western Vascular Society (President 1999-2000), Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (President 2004-5), Society for Vascular Surgery, National Board of Medical Examiners, and the American Surgical Association. He has also served the American Board of Surgery by writing the qualifying and certifying exam for surgeons.

Postdoctoral Education
Institution Level (Intern,
Resident, Fellow)
Department Year
Columbia Presbytarian Medical Center Residency General Surgery 1977
Columbia Presbytarian Medical Center Fellowship Vascular Surgery 1978

Research Interests

  • Aneurysms
  • Limb salvage
  • venous disease
  • Wound healing

Clinical Interests

  • Nonsurgical treatment of circulatory problems
  • Circulatory system aneurysms
  • Upper/Lower extremity circulation
  • Stroke/Carotid disease
  • Varicose veins/Venous ulcers
  • Diabetic foot & leg ulcers
  • Hypertension/Circulation of kidneys & bowel
  • Pediatric/Congenital Vascular Problems

Hospital Staff Appointments

  • Attending Vascular Surgery Staff, Santa Monica - UCLA Medical Center
  • Attending Vascular Surgery Staff, UCLA Medical Center

Academic/Teaching Appointments

  • Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


  • Professor of Surgery
  • Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
  • Director, Gonda (Goldschmied) Vascular Center
  • Bergman Chair in Vascular Research

Memberships in Scholarly or Professional Societies

  • American Heart Association
  • Corporate Cabinet Chair 2000-2002
  • Board of Directors 1998-present
  • Medical Advisory Board 1998-present

National Elected Office Organizations

  • American Heart Association - President of Orange County 2000-2002

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