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.


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

Research Interest

  • 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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

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
Common Elbow Injuries in Children: Evaluation, Treatment, and Clinical Outcomes
Milbrandt TA, Copley LA Current Opinion in Orthopaedics 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

Honors & Awards

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

Professional Associations/Affiliations

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