Lawson Copley, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Biography

Dr. Lawson Copley provides orthopaedic trauma and clinical coverage at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, along with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children orthopaedic medical staff. Dr. Copley graduated magna cum laude from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and received his medical degree from Kansas University Medical Center. He completed both his internship in general surgery and his residence in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Copley also completed the Dorothy and Bryant Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Dr. Copley served in the United States Air Force as chief of surgical services, 96th Medical Group.

Education

Medical School University of Kansas School of Medicine (1991)
Internship University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (1992), General Surgery
Residency University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (1996), Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellowship Texas Scottish Rite Hospital (1997), Pediatric Orthopaedics

Research Interests

  • Clinical outcomes of the surgical treatment of osteomyelitis, septic arthritis and pyomyositis in children
  • Epidemiology of Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Musculoskeletal Infections in Pediatric Patients.
  • Genetic virulence factors of Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus

Publications

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Common Elbow Injuries in Children: Evaluation, Treatment, and Clinical Outcomes

Milbrandt TA, Copley LA Current Opinion in Orthopaedics In Press

Cervical Orthoses Including Traction and Halo Devices for Children

Copley LA and Dormans JP in Clark CR (Ed) The Cervical Spine 4th Ed Lippincott, Philadelphia In Press

Successful Treatment of Unicameral Bone Cyst by Single Percutaneous Injection of alpha-BSM

Thawrani D, Thai CC, Welch RD, Copley L, and Johnston CE Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2009 29(5) 511-517

Musculoskeletal Infections

Copley LA and Dormans JP Pediatric Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine 2004 93-110

The Accuracy and Reliability of Torque Wrenches at Low Settings for Halo Application in Children

Copley LA, Dormans JP, Pepe MD, et al Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2003 85A (11) 2199-2204

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Honors/Awards

  • 96 Air Base Wing Commander’s Recognition Award
    (2001)
  • Fellow of American Acadeny of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    (2001)
  • Meritorious Service Medal
    Surgical Operations Squadron Medical Group Eglin AFB Florida (2001)
  • ARCENT Kuwait Command Surgeon’s Recognition Award
    (2000)
  • Commander in Chief’s Special Recognition for Installation Excellence
    (2000)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgerons of North American
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association