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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
Electronic Medical Record Use and Satisfaction Among Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Copley LA, Sharps CH, Gerardi JA, Gupta SK, Vanderhaave KL, Lovejoy JF, Lubicky JP, Albanese SA, Jo C, J Pediatr Orthop 2019 Oct 39 9 e722-e728
Quality Improvement of Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Musculoskeletal Infection in Children Results in Decreased Scan Duration and Decreased Contrast Use.
Ojeaga PO, Hammer MR, Lindsay EA, Tareen NG, Jo CH, Copley LA, J Bone Joint Surg Am 2019 Sep 101 18 1679-1688
Differentiation of Deep Venous Thrombosis Among Children With or Without Osteomyelitis.
Ligon JA, Journeycake JM, Josephs SC, Tareen NG, Lindsay EA, Copley LAB J Pediatr Orthop 2018 Aug

Honors & Awards

  • Best Oral Presentation for Patient Care
    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Research Symposium (2018)
  • Best Basic Science Paper Award
    European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society/Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (EPOSNA); Barcelona, Spain (2017)
  • EMP 66 Commencement Speaker
    Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; Evanston, IL (2007)
  • 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
  • Stanley M.K. Chung Award for Excellence in Pediatric Orthopaedic Research
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (1996)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Medical National Honor Society (1991)
  • Phi Sigma Tau
    Philosophy National Honor Society (1985)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Aerospace Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Candidate Fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society (2002-2003)
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • European Society of Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Kansas Medical Society (1987-1991)
  • Mid-American Orthopaedic Association (2001-2002)
  • Musculoskeletal Infection Society
  • National Association of Doctors (1998-2001)
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgerons of North American
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society (1991-1996)
  • Society of American Family Physicians (1989-1991)
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association
  • Texas Society of Sports Medicine