Jeffrey N. Lawton, MD

Service Chief, Hand and Upper Extremity
Clinical Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Chair for Quality and Safety, Orthopaedic Surgery
Cinical Professor, Plastic Surgery
Chair of Patient Care Committee


Dr. Lawton joined the faculty in 2010 as Chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery service. A graduate of U-M’s undergraduate and medical schools, Dr. Lawton completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Northwestern University in Chicago and his fellowship at the Raymond Curtis National Center for Treatment of the Hand and Upper Extremity at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He went on to serve as Chief of the Combined Orthopaedic/Plastic Hand Surgery Service and Director of Orthopaedic Surgery Medical Student Clerkships in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kentucky. Most recently, he practiced hand and upper extremity surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Lawton was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and has received a number of teaching awards. He was selected to AO North America Hand Faculty and the AO Hand Education Committee. His interests include congenital/pediatric hand, trauma/post-traumatic reconstruction and elbow trauma and degenerative conditions in addition to the full spectrum of hand and upper-extremity problems.

Areas of Interest

Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Traumatic and post-traumatic/degenerative/arthritic problems of the hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Congenital hand differences
  • Injuries in children including malunions and growth plate disturbances
  • Sports injuries of hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Full spectrum of hand, wrist, and elbow problems


Medical School or Training

University of Michigan Medical School, 1993


McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University, Orthopaedic Surgery, IL, 1998


Hand Surgery, Union Memorial Hospital, 1999

Professional Organizations

Hand Surgery - ABOS and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Board Certification

Surgery of the Hand Orthopedic Surgery