Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

249 Patient Ratings
219 Patient Comments

Brandon Lawrence, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

249 Patient Ratings
219 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 587-5451
University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Dr. Lawrence is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders. Dr. Lawrence focuses his practice in degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine including disc degeneration and herniation, spinal stenosis, spinal deformity, spinal trauma, spinal tumors and spinal infections. He serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Utah. His primary clinical interests are cervical and lumbar spine disorders, complex spinal deformity reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive surgery and microscopic spine surgery. Dr. Lawrence’s research interests are centered on spinal biomechanics, improving fusion technologies through stem cell research and patient outcome related research.

Dr. Lawrence grew up in Vermont and attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut and completed his fellowship training in Spinal Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Lawrence practices at the University Orthopaedic Center and sees patients in the office on Tuesdays and Friday mornings. He operates at the University Orthopaedic Center and at the University Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City.

Please call (801) 587-5451 if you would like to make an appointment or visit our website to request an online appointment.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Associate Professor
Neurosurgery - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery
Board Certification American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

January 14, 2017

first time meeting with this md. he seemed to listen to my problems and gave me some good options for treatment. I like his "bedside" manner

January 09, 2017

very good

January 07, 2017

Dr. Lawrence and his team have been exceptional in every way.

January 05, 2017

Always good experience. Care providers are caring and you can tell they have your best interest and care that come first.

December 13, 2016

I am very impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the quick manner that the Doctor had when addressing my problem. I would highly recommend him and the clinic.

December 12, 2016


December 10, 2016

overall a good experience to where i can see hope in how to fix my issues.

November 21, 2016

defiantly worth the travel from Montana.

November 19, 2016

did not describe what he found or removed during Surgery or if his thoughts on my seareas myelopathy or referred back to my shoulder doctor as I have seareas problem with shoulder

November 19, 2016

I have always been treat very, very good. when a dr will sit with you and tell you and show you what is going on how can you ask for a mote caring person.

November 15, 2016

my experience was so good it couldn't have been better. very attentive and helpful by explaining all about my problems.

November 13, 2016

Dr Lawrence is always professional and kind. His staff shows the same concern and empathy.

November 12, 2016

I was recommend to go to the University of Utah Orthopedic Center and see Dr. Lawrence and I would recommend this place and Dr.Lawrence.

November 09, 2016

Dr Lawrence is very pleasant and concerned. I feel confident in his care.

October 26, 2016

Dr. Lawerance has from day one make me feel at ease and comfortable. He listens and has always taken the time needed to address and cover my needs. Even when he is running behind (which happens on occasion) he still take the time needed to make sure my concerns were discussed.

September 28, 2016

dr Lawrence is an incredibly kind and knowledgeable about his field. I will always trust in him.

September 06, 2016

Everyone was prompt, thorough and professional

August 19, 2016

My wife & I love Dr. Lawrence. We love the way he communicates with us & his bedside manner is great...

August 02, 2016

Dr Lawrence is awesome. he always has a smile and a great attitude not to mention he is an amazing surgeon, I didn't think I would get any where near 100 % back to normal but I would say I am 99.9% which is pretty darn good considering where I was before and my kids are very thankful they have there mom back to full functioning

July 04, 2016

Dr Lawrence understands the situation quickly and acts quickly and to the point. I have great confidence in him.

July 01, 2016

Dr. Lawrence is the best!

May 18, 2016

Dr Lawrence made me feel like we were long lost friends. He has always shown a concern for my health issues by listening and giving me the time needed.

May 18, 2016

I have to have back surgery again and Dr. was suppose to get paper work to the scheduler after my appointment on Friday. He said the scheduler would call me back on Monday and as of Tuesday afternoon had not done so. I'm in so much pain, I'm not sure how much longer i can go. I'm just upset at how much concern I am to my Dr right now. I like my Dr but this will be my 7th surgery. On my previous appt I was told they would go in, take everything out and put in four new rods in. Then on the last appt on the 13th, I was told it would more than likely be three rods. I'm just discouraged at this point.

May 16, 2016

We were very pleased with our visit.

May 10, 2016

#9 and #10 -- need stronger superlative!

May 07, 2016

Dr Lawrence is very professional and includes the patient participation in their care.

April 30, 2016

I have already recommended Dr Lawrence to several friends. He is so skilled and kind and concerned for me. He is a genuine person.I feel blessed to have been recommended to him.

April 26, 2016

Dr Lawerance has gone out of his way to make sure my medical issues are met and that I understand what is needed. He treat my wife and I like we matter. He was very concerned about my health questions and concerns!

April 26, 2016

Good. Hopeful

April 23, 2016

Dr. Lawrence is so kind. He is courteous and attentive. He gives one the impression that he's at the top of his game and loves what he's doing.

April 20, 2016

Always a great experience

April 05, 2016

Have recommended several times Dr Lawrence to others.

March 27, 2016

Dr Lawrence understands the situation very quickly and comes up with a good plan.

March 23, 2016

The way in which the Dr. Lawerance treated my wife and I made us feel comfortable and assured in his recommendations for treatment. Very personable and willing to get to know us.

March 22, 2016

I have already recommended Dr. Lawrence to several people I know. His expertise is way above the rest and his bed side manner is the best I've ever experienced! He let me know he really cared and wanted me to have a good life after surgery.

March 18, 2016

Both Dr Lawrence and the other Dr. we met with were outstanding at explaining everything about the surgery, how the surgery would happen and the recovery time for the surgery. I am confident that this surgery will be a success and I will be able to do all the things I used to do once the surgery is completed.

March 16, 2016

Dr. Lawrence was wonderful. I am 100% "fixed" with no more pain.

March 15, 2016

Care giver lets Dr provide answers for followup & meds

March 12, 2016

Very good

March 08, 2016

I was treated with the up most respect and treated very good. I would refer everyone to this Dr.

March 06, 2016

I'm not sure the doctor had a great treatment option for me. I believe he offered his best solution, but I got the impression (from non-verbal communication) that it might not be effective. I'm not sure though. But I would have appreciated him just being more frank, so I'm not guessing and can make a better decision.

March 05, 2016

I forgot how to spell the "Fellow" name. He was really excellent. Very thorough, great manner and explained everything very well. I felt Dr. Lawrence spent very little time with me. He said it was "nice to meet" me when I had a previous appointment with him 3 months earlier.

February 28, 2016

Give doctors time to see their patients so they can stay on schedule . . . it is not fair to them or to the patients for whom they care.

February 28, 2016

This was an excellent visit.

February 24, 2016

I have absolute confidence in my care provider, Dr Brandon Lawrence, and always recommend him to my family, and friends.

February 19, 2016

The dr was more rushed however he was behind schedule this day. The PA was supposed to ask the Dr about pain medication for me however she never did.

February 17, 2016

Dr. Lawrence is the first surgical doctor in the last 10 years that I have liked and that actually wanted to fix my problems; I've seen probably 10-15 doctors in that time. I was hoping that he would actually do the surgery I needed, so when he suggested surgery I was excited to finally have my neck fixed. I had a lot of questions for him about the different types of surgical options I had available and he took the time to go through every question I had and didn't seem rushed or anything like most other doctors do. He actually cared about what I was going through. Dr. Lawrence is by far the best doctor that I have seen and I would definitely refer him to anyone as my first choice to see. Gold star!

February 15, 2016

am still concerned about recovery my complications have had a big negative impact on my life

February 08, 2016

Dr Lawrence and his staff are very professional and caring.

January 26, 2016

I have referred to this provider and am singing his praises. He did not make any statements about the surgery, my recovery etc that have not been spot on. He has been very empathetic and patient with my PTSD of recurrence.

January 13, 2016

Cr Lawrence and his staff are great. Would and have recommended him to others having back problems and needing surgery.

January 13, 2016

Have all ready recommended Dr. Lawerance to a friend

January 10, 2016

Dr Lawrence is amazing. His knowledge, confidence and directness made me feel well cared for and assured that the right decisions had been made. The right decisions were made and my surgery was 100% successful.

January 07, 2016

Dr. Lawrence treated me as a person, not just a patient. He is kind and caring and puts the patient at ease.

November 29, 2015

This is a hard one. The PA, Jason, was very good but totally unfamiliar with my history. Dr. Lawrence, during the short time he was in the room, acted as though he had never seen me before. He paid very little attention to me or my problem. Just looked at my X-rays and said there is a lot going on there. That was about it. Jason prescribed some pain cream and I was dismissed. I have chronic back issues and a syrinx. The syrinx was not mentioned. I usually have a CT annually, nothing was mentioned about that. I honestly think they had no idea I was a patient of two years with an on going need for followup. I really had no chance to discuss anything with Dr. Lawrence. He was busy and behind schedule, but I was a patient of his! I appreciate that Dr. Lawrence doesn't jump into surgery. This time, however, it seemed that once he heard me say I want surgery only if there are no other options he lost interest. Very disappointed, almost a wasted appointment but for the pain cream prescribed by Jason.

November 25, 2015

Overall outstanding experience seeing Dr. Lawrence.

November 09, 2015

Dr. Lawrence was very complete with his explanations and gave me a lot of confidence in the surgery.

November 08, 2015

Morning at the U, I can choose ehoninwan to see and I chose Dr. Lawrence because I knew I'd be well take care of and I was. Even after hours issues were addressed immediately.

October 16, 2015

The visit to the hospital was great. No problems at all, in and out fast, good doctors and help. Any body that thinks the service wasn't up to par should look at some of the outlying hospitals like here in Ely Nv. where it takes up to 30 minutes to register, then sent on to a waiting area. The U. of Utah hospital is the best hospital I have ever visited and I have seen some good ones in Minnesota when I lived there.

October 16, 2015

I do not feel that we discussed the risks that may be involved with the anticipated surgery.

October 10, 2015

Dr. B.Lawrence organization is top notch from top to bottom,starting with Dr. Lawrence MD

October 10, 2015

Dr Laurence is a fine gentleman&great surgeon

October 06, 2015

Did not have prepared questions answered. Seeking info re: current techniques and technology. Did not feel Lawrences recommendations were geared to my situation. Difficult to get further answers or another appt.

October 03, 2015

I ahve already recommended Dr. Lawrence to others who have seen him as well, and will continue to do so anytime I can. I fell he is a pretty awsome doctor.

September 27, 2015

After I made the decision to have surgery, both Dr Lawrence and his assistant said that if i were their mother, they would have recommended this surgery and gave me great confidence that it would be successful.

September 27, 2015

Dr. Lawrence was excellent! I wish there was a dot for beyond very good!

September 05, 2015


September 03, 2015

Dr Lawrence is amazing. He was especially empathetic, knowledgeable and exuded confidence that he could successfully fix my problem. I was so grateful I started crying.

August 07, 2015

Dr. Lawrence is a miracle worker. He is attentive to his patients and answers questions willingly. the surgery made it possible to be active again. I can't thank him enough.

August 06, 2015

i tell everyone I know to go See Dr Lawrence, do I get a box of candy if so, I'll tell them to say who sent them???

July 31, 2015

Care provider showed a lack of interest also was not prepared for my visit. Complete lack of respect for patient. Very poor communication skills or concerns for well being.

July 13, 2015

Confidence in provider ***** Dr. Lawrece's staff *****

July 07, 2015

I recommend U of U Orthopedic Ctr and specifically Drs Lawrence and Montgomery to anyone the conversation comes up with

June 27, 2015

ABSOLUTELY, trust Dr. Lawerence, with my health care. The most well qualified M.D. I have ever had. FULL confidence in this Dr. I always recommend him. Jason Motgumery is also the best PA I have ever had.

June 20, 2015

Dr Lawrence was referred to me by a friend and I believe him to be the very best in his field.

June 15, 2015

Everyone has been tremendous. I've already recommended Dr. Lawrence and the U to several other people with back issues.

June 13, 2015

Doctor is very gifted and amazing

May 28, 2015


May 09, 2015

All good

May 02, 2015

Dr Lawrence and his training fellow, we're both very through in diagnostic tests. Both were careful to fully explain the procedure recommended and the follow up. The decision was lest to me.

May 01, 2015

All great no bad.

April 26, 2015

Dr Lawrence was so kind and thoughtful. He had a good since of my emotions and helped me fell comfortable

April 23, 2015

Have recommended Dr. Lawrence several times already!

April 22, 2015

doctor was concerned about my condition and the pain I'm in.

April 13, 2015

After he viewed my mileagram he said looks like you have some bone pinching the nerve, then later he said nothing we can do?????

April 07, 2015

I recommend Dr Lawrence and Montgomery to anyone I talk to who has a back pain. They are AWESOME!

March 20, 2015

Dr. Lawrence must have assumed that I understood that "stenosis" implied that my condition might have been caused by arthritis. However, I did not know that until I was told that by another medical person much later. It actually relieved my anxiety when I understood that this condition could have been a result of arthritis rather than some unknown incident.

March 19, 2015

I'm very pleased with Dr. Lawrence. He's enthusiastic about his work and it shows. Also, he's kind and makes me feel important and well cared for. I'm so grateful to him and his staff for fixing my spine. It's a whole new world even though I'm 71.

March 15, 2015


March 14, 2015


March 11, 2015

I was very nervous, but Dr. Lawrence immediately put me at ease.

March 09, 2015

Dr. Lawrence and his staff are great! I am so fortunate to have his professional expertise to help me in a very difficult situation.

March 02, 2015

Maybe the provider is as frustrated with my condition as I am but I felt like I was a burden and that the provider just felt I was looking/wanting to have surgery. Surgery is not a decision I take lightly and I feel like we keep ordering test after test with no answer to any options I have since all conservative treatments have failed.

March 02, 2015


February 28, 2015

he really listened. I was laying down and in pain, he pade sure he bent down to my level to talk to me.

February 21, 2015

dr Lawrence was referred to me and i would refer him to anyone I know in the future.

February 03, 2015

Dr Laurence is very congenial and confident. I feel confident in his care.

January 24, 2015

I realized I left a bit unclear as to what the doctor was thinking. What may help with my particular concerns. I felt that my initial complaint was acknowledged, but not really discussed. A possible underlying issue was discussed and orders given, but I am not real sure why. This concerned me a bit as I had just traveled 12 hours each way to get there, arranged lodging, etc. yet, left unclear as to the direction he is thinking. Dr. Lawrence was kind, with good bedside manner, and seemed very knowledgeable. Hope to get more insight soon.

January 21, 2015

I have, and will continue to highly recommend Dr Lawrence & Montgomery to anyone I talk to. They are AWESOME!

January 17, 2015

I liked Dr. Lawrence very much and I have full confidence in him. I also liked his associate that was in the room and helped with the exam.

January 06, 2015

They are THE VERY BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 03, 2015

This was my third back surgery and Dr Lawrence has been the best care provider by far. I will recommend him and the UofU medical center to anyone.

January 01, 2015

This doctor completely disregarded my pain, which doesn't make sense as I have NEVER requested pain medication. He spent less than 5 minutes with me and brushed me off. He has no compassion, and only wants to help the patients who will improve his success record. He has no interest in helping the patients who do not have "typical" injuries and may need something other than standard surgery.

December 27, 2014

Doctor was very good at explaining my condition

December 15, 2014

I appreciated the time Dr. Lawrence spent in explaining my condition and needed surgery. he answered all my questions and took time to listen and explain.

December 12, 2014

I have lived more than half of my life in very bad pain. I didn't honestly didn't think anyone could help me. 6 weeks out and I have some pain, but it is nothing compared to the last 10 years! Thank you Dr. Larwence

December 04, 2014

Dr's Lawrence and Montgomery are both willing to take the time for me to ask questions and give answers. We have always had a very open discussion of what options there were and they have listened to my concerns and suggestions. THEY TRULY CARE ABOUT THEIR PATIENTS AND HELPING THEM!!!

November 22, 2014

Very Good

November 17, 2014

I felt like I had a lot of questions that could have been answered along the way to reassure me about the surgery and not wait until right before. This surgery may be done regularly but it is a difficult thing to have done and should be treated that way.

November 16, 2014

I felt a little rushed like he had other patients he needed to get to. Luckily, I made sure I had short, specific questions to ask and he answered every one that I and my husband had. He also helped answer some specific questions regarding my particular condition and got me the X-rays I requested before we left.

November 13, 2014

The wait time was so long, I feel the doctor didn't have any time to really listen to my questions and concerns. This also happened on my first follow up visit after surgery. This is a total turnaround from my first (pre-surgery) visit.

November 13, 2014

Both Dr Lawrence and Dr Montgomery have been very friendly, open, and straight forward about my problems and treatment. I totally trust the two of them and know they are among the best there is anywhere. My back was a total mess & is getting musk closer to GREAT and it is because they had the confidence in themselves that they could help and made me feel confident in them

November 05, 2014

Dr. Lawrence was good at providing pros/cons of back surgery--it's a huge step, things may go well or not so well, a long healing process, put it off if you can, etc. It wasn't like he was trying to "sell" his services.

October 27, 2014


October 26, 2014

With regard to question ten, Dr Lawrence is so busy that I don't want to compete with anyone else for an appointment so I won't tell anyone!

October 24, 2014

Dr. did not seem to want to determine a way to get me out of pain. I have pain meds but want to be able to not take them. I have been in major pain for 6 weeks.

October 20, 2014

There was very little contact with Dr Lawrence; he simply came in, asked a couple of questions, gave his opinion and walked out.

October 20, 2014

great experience. got rid of major pains. enabling me to live on!!

October 08, 2014

He provided a good discussion about treatment options.

October 04, 2014

I found Dr. Lawrence to seem caring and interested in me as a person.

October 01, 2014

This was a one-year post-surgical followup visit. There was no discussion of medications.

September 28, 2014

excellent results, doctor knew what to do and did it. professional and kind

September 23, 2014

I recommend Drs Lawrence and Montgomery to anyone I talk to. Without Dr Lawrence, I would probably be in a wheel chair as Dr Daubs had refused to try to fix my back when it was much less serious than when Dr Lawrence fixed it.

September 17, 2014

care was good but obviously I was just another number

September 11, 2014

Dr. Lawrence was exceptionally professional, genuine and kind. He expressed sincere interest in my concerns and condition.

September 03, 2014

I've recommended Dr. Lawrence and co workers several times. I've had nothing but good care by Dr. Lawrence, Jason Montgomery, and staff.

August 29, 2014

no medications.

August 28, 2014


August 13, 2014

I've recommended others to Dr. Lawrence several times over. Just concerned about the rods in my back that keep breaking. surgeries always seem to go well, that's not my concern, it's on down the road that I'm worried about! Don't see why titanium rods break...

August 12, 2014

DR. LAWERENCE IS MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 11, 2014

Dr Lawrence, Dr Montgomery, and their entire team are totally AWESOME ! I will continue to recommend them to all I meet and PROUDLY BRAG of ALL they have one to help me!

August 09, 2014

The doctor seems highly competent but very busy.

August 08, 2014

This is the first time I have seen Dr. Lawrence. Other than this visit I know nothing about him...

August 07, 2014

Provider exceeded our expectations. Explained everything very well and addressed our concerns. Did not appear rushed or anxious to move on to another patient. Was friendly and genuine.

August 04, 2014

The PA mentioned a steroid multi pak that I forgot to follow up with the doctor as possible medication option.

July 06, 2014

excellent caring physician

June 25, 2014

I felt the doctor spent a lot of time with me and took time to answer my questions. He explained things using words I could understand. He did not seem rushed to get rid of me as some doctors tend to do.

May 27, 2014

Dr. Lawrence was as good as anyone could have asked!

May 26, 2014

continues to be the best overall medical experience I have ever had.

May 21, 2014

dr lawerence saved my life.

April 11, 2014

The physician took the time to discuss a very serious potentially surgical intervention with consideration to my lifestyle and concerns. He spent a substantial amount of time describing suggested procedures and I will definitely recommend to anyone and everyone with potential back problems to be seen by Dr. Lawrence, one of the best I have ever met.

March 13, 2014


February 21, 2014

Excellent Provider!

February 19, 2014

Very pleased with Dr. Lawrence and PA

February 17, 2014

The numerous times I have visited Dr. Lawrence over the last few months he has always shown concern for my health issues and dedicated more than adequate time for each visit.

February 10, 2014

awesome care.

February 07, 2014

I have always felt that I have been given the best care in a compassionate manner.

January 16, 2014

Best medical experience I've ever had. A wonderful and heartening encounter with a real human being.

December 26, 2013

Although the reason for this visit was serious, Dr. Lawrence did an excellent job of gaining my confidence in his abilities and the likelihood of a positive outcome from my upcoming surgery.

December 13, 2013

Dr. Lawrence and his team are the best. Always a positive experience.

December 06, 2013

At first I was very apprehensive about having the surgery. Hindsight now indicates my worries were unwarranted. I have gained a great deal of confidence in Dr. Lawrence and his staff.

December 06, 2013

Doctor lawrence was the nicest and best doctor I've ever been to can't wate to come back

December 04, 2013

Dr. Lawrence is friendly, courteous, and communicates well. I would recommend him very highly,

November 18, 2013

explained everything remember complications at last surgery was very impressed

November 11, 2013

Dr. Lawrence is a great surgeon and a very caring individual.

November 10, 2013

My whole experience with Dr. Lawerance and his staff along with medical clinic has been great from start to finish. Thank you.

November 08, 2013

I have already recommended Dr Lawrence to anyone I talk to about my surgery and emphasize my confidence in him and his associates

November 04, 2013

Dr Lawrence was great. Took time to review X-ray and MRI which was very helpful.The whole visit was positive and felt very comfortable with the long term plan

October 12, 2013

Actual time with provider seemed rushed, which caused me to not ask all the questions that I had. His response to the pain question was to "stay active". Now weeks later the pain has not diminished even though I have been active with walking and physical therapy sessions. It would be nice to have input as to the possible length of recovery will be. I realize this is not "time specific" however it would be helpful to have an average estimate.

October 07, 2013

I really like the doctor, but I did not like the resident.

October 01, 2013

Very considerate and competent care

September 30, 2013

Dr. Lawrence was very pleasant and spent all the time with me I needed to be comfortable with my diagnosis.

September 24, 2013

I am thankful and very grateful to Dr. Lawrence for his expertise and genuine care and I feel confident that I will have support throughout the rest of my recovery.

September 07, 2013

I was seen by all the above except midwife! Dr was there about 5 minutes, but gave a lot of encouragement. First time I have seen him so he wants me to come in 6 months which makes sense.

September 03, 2013

med student well informed

August 27, 2013

Dr. Lawrence and his team are Absolutely WONDERFUL. I have had 10 surgeries on my back and neck in the past 11 years and I have seen 3 different doctors and I have HUGE respect for all of them, especially Dr. Lawrence. He is a very effective, caring!!!

August 14, 2013

he seems to be an excellent surgeon, just an over booked dr. for after care to give each patient the time they need for follow up

August 12, 2013

Excellent all around care!

August 06, 2013

I was extremely pleased with my visit with Dr Lawrence. All aspects of my visit were superb once I got behind the front desk.

August 02, 2013

Awesome man!

July 26, 2013

Have already referred someone to Dr. Lawrence. He rocks. Just sad I don't get to see him for a whole entire year! :( But love everyone up there. You're all great!

June 18, 2013

I love this man...

June 17, 2013

I have had nothing but good care and experiences in this office

June 16, 2013

I've placed a lot of trust in Dr. Lawrence, and I'm honestly perfectly comfortable doing so. He's earned my trust through his level of care and genuine concern.

June 12, 2013

Decisions re care and next steps were clearly made prior to discussing with me. I continue to find this frustrating considering my professional background and the chronic, degenerative nature of my disease. Better collaboration would be appropriate and appreciated!

June 04, 2013

I would have liked to see the xrays and know what he was looking for to know good or bad in my progress.

May 03, 2013

Well blessed to have such skillful and intelligent practioners.

April 30, 2013

I was impressed with the time Dr. Lawrence spent with me after the difficulties he had earlier that put him behind with the scheduling.

April 24, 2013

Many thanks to Doctors Patel and Lawrence

April 22, 2013

Dr. Lawrence did an excellent job in explaining that a secondary condition exists that may complicate my condition and any subsequent surgery.

March 19, 2013

Dr. Lawrence spent a lot of time explaining my problem and answering my questions, and he did not appear rushed at all.

March 05, 2013

It took 2 months to get into the Dr. This is my only concern.

February 25, 2013

i already have suggested him to friends and family since my experience.

February 11, 2013

Plenty of staff available. Was visited by the Nurse, then PA before the Doc. Makes for more conversation time with the main man.

January 28, 2013

Dr Lawrence is always great,he is very caring and concerned about my condition.

January 14, 2013

We have referred at least four patients to the orthopedic center three of whom have had treatment at the center. We are indeed fortunate to have access to this outstanding hospital and stafff. This facility is truely a national treasure.

December 11, 2012

Six different professional attended to me once in the exam room. All were very professional.

December 04, 2012

Dr. Lawrence and his team are absolutely WONDERFUL!!!

December 04, 2012

I have already recommended Dr. Lawrence to others.

November 27, 2012

Great job not rushing me and explaining in plain words what he thought would be the best plan for my treatement.

October 30, 2012

Dr. Lawrence was wonderful when he came in.

October 30, 2012

All ready sent my son and my daughter will be calling

October 29, 2012

wanted more direct recommendation for further treatment

October 16, 2012

I have always had good experiences when seeking care from Dr. Lawrence and his associates.

October 16, 2012

I love the care Dr Lawrence has given me before and after my surgery. I'm not real fond of medical students coming in on my visits, my time.

October 01, 2012

even showed pics and explained the well

September 28, 2012

Dr Lawrence is not only a great doctor but very caring.He makes an unbelievable effort to help you understand your condition.I have been operated on by the best doctors one is head of a surgery at Sloan Kettering New York and Dr Lawrence rates with them.I would let him operate on me in a second.The hospital is fortunate to have such a Doctor.

September 24, 2012

Have recommended to others

August 28, 2012

Dr. Lawrence is absoultley WONDERFUL!!!

August 15, 2012

Dr. Lawrence has a good pre-op manner.

August 14, 2012

Dr. Lawrence took the time to answer all my questions.

July 16, 2012

Dr. Lawrence and his team are giving excellent service. We were concerned about the transition from Dr. Daubs. We no longer have those concerns. We have recommended the clinic to friends. One has had a hip replacement by Dr. Kubiac

July 16, 2012

Dr Lawrence is not only a great doctor but is very caring.The interns were great!

July 16, 2012

Dr. Lawrence is amazing. So is everyone on his team

July 10, 2012

How can anyone complain about the best visit to the Doctors office that I have ever had.

June 19, 2012

I did not get an answer to my problem, it seemed that the provider was not sure what was causing my pain.

May 12, 2012

Since we were trying to make an informed decision regarding a high risk surgery for our son, Dr. Lawrence was a breath of fresh air for us. He was respectful, listened well, and explained things in a succinct yet complete way. We feel fortunate that we had the opportunity to seek his counsel after the many health challenges our son has faced.

May 01, 2012

Dr. Brandon Lawrence is definitelt the best orthopaedic surgeon I have ever been treated by. He has an outstanding level of care and support to me, as his patient. He is so kind and comforting. Always there for me answering my questions and tackling my concerns through his assistant of through his e mail. I do appreciate the fact that he is generous enough to reply to my e mails if I have concerns about my injuries even while him being on vacation or on the weekends. He made me say and feel that I got lucky that I had the surgery while he was on call on that day. He is a great doctor and a great person.

April 18, 2012

Dr. Lawrence renewed my confidence that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that I won't just be sitting in limbo forever.

March 28, 2012

We have recommended Drs Daubs, and Lawrance and Dr Lawrance has seen another friend. This is also the third major surgery I have had with Drs Kubiak and Daubs, all with excellent results.

March 21, 2012

I had been to 2 other Orthopedic Surgeons before Dr. Lawrence. Dr. Lawrence is the only one who took the time to explain things and did more testing to get to the bottom of my problem. He took the time to explain things and he was reassuring. Very caring person.

March 14, 2012

The doctor was very nice and so was his assistant. They seemed very compassionate and helpful. The meds they gave me don't seem to be working. But they listened intently. I will come back. They prescribed a visit to a neurologist but I haven't heard from anyone yet. They were supposed to call.

February 29, 2012

I do not feel the Dr took my concerns seriously. I feel like he passed them off. I have felt that way ever since he took over for Dr Patel. He does not know my history and does not really seem too interested to learn it.

February 25, 2012

Dr Lawrence was excellent.

February 18, 2012

I will reserve most of my comments until I get satisfactory results from this doctor.

February 18, 2012

Every physician should take a few lessons from Dr. Lawrence .......

January 25, 2012

exceptional willingness to spend additional time explaining planned operation and addressing my concerns.

January 21, 2012

My first visit I felt like Dr. Lawrence was excited to help me but this time he didn't seem to be listening to what I was saying and in a hurry to get me out the door and into a different type of doctors care.

January 21, 2012


Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Spinal Deformity Surgery

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Associate Professor
Neurosurgery - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery
Board Certification American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-5450 University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Lawrence is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders. Dr. Lawrence focuses his practice in degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine including disc degeneration and herniation, spinal stenosis, spinal deformity, spinal trauma, spinal tumors and spinal infections. He serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Utah. His primary clinical interests are cervical and lumbar spine disorders, complex spinal deformity reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive surgery and microscopic spine surgery. Dr. Lawrence’s research interests are centered on spinal biomechanics, improving fusion technologies through stem cell research and patient outcome related research.

Dr. Lawrence grew up in Vermont and attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut and completed his fellowship training in Spinal Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Lawrence practices at the University Orthopaedic Center and sees patients in the office on Tuesdays and Friday mornings. He operates at the University Orthopaedic Center and at the University Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City.

Please call (801) 587-5451 if you would like to make an appointment or visit our website to request an online appointment.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah
Spine Surgery
Chief Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief Resident
Residency Yale-New Haven Hospital
Orthopaedic Surgery
Internship Yale-New Haven Hospital
Orthopedic Surgery
Professional Medical University of Vermont College of Medicine
Research Fellow University of Vermont
Research Fellow
Undergraduate University of Vermont
Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Haller J, Bice M, Lawrence B (2016). Mediating the Secondary Effects of Spinal Cord Injury Through Optimization of Key Physiologic Parameters. J Am Acad Orthop Surg, 24(3), 160-71.
  2. Colman MW, Guss A, Bachus KN, Spiker WR, Lawrence BD, Brodke DS (2016). Fixed-Angle, Posteriorly Connected Anterior Cage Reconstruction Improves Stiffness and Decreases Cancellous Subsidence in a Spondylectomy Model. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 41(9), E519-23.
  3. Haller JM, Calvert G, Spiker WR, Brodke DS, Lawrence BD (2015). Remote Cerebellar Hemorrhage after Revision Lumbar Spine Surgery. Global Spine J, 5(6), 535-7.
  4. Montgomery JT, Lawrence BD, Brodke DS, Patel AA (2015). Postoperative Shingles Mimicking Recurrent Radiculopathy after Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion. Global Spine J, 5(3), 219-23.
  5. Goz V, Rane A, Abtahi AM, Lawrence BD, Brodke DS, Spiker WR (2015). Geographic Variations in the Cost of Spine Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 40(17), 1380-9.
  6. Abtahi AM, Brodke DS, Lawrence BD, Zhang C, Spiker WR (2015). Association between patient-reported measures of psychological distress and patient satisfaction scores after spine surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 97(10), 824-8.
  7. Smith MW, Annis P, Lawrence BD, Daubs MD, Brodke DS (2015). Acute proximal junctional failure in patients with preoperative sagittal imbalance. Spine J, 15(10), 2142-8.
  8. Annis P, Brodke DS, Spiker WR, Daubs MD, Lawrence BD (2015). The Fate of L5-S1 With Low-Dose BMP-2 and Pelvic Fixation, With or Without Interbody Fusion, in Adult Deformity Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 40(11), E634-9.
  9. Mazur MD, Ravindra VM, Schmidt MH, Brodke DS, Lawrence BD, Riva-Cambrin J, Dailey AT (2015). Unplanned reoperation after lumbopelvic fixation with S-2 alar-iliac screws or iliac bolts. J Neurosurg Spine, 1-10.
  10. Daubs MD, Tyser A, Lawrence BD, Sinclair SK, Patel AA, Adams J, Brodke DS (2015). The effect of aging on posterior intertransverse lumbar fusion: a New Zealand white rabbit model. J Spinal Disord Tech, 28(2), E115-20.
  11. Hung M, Cheng C, Hon SD, Franklin JD, Lawrence BD, Neese A, Grover CB, Brodke DS (2015). Challenging the norm: further psychometric investigation of the neck disability index. Spine J, 15(11), 2440-5.
  12. Calvert GC, Lawrence BD, Abtahi AM, Bachus KN, Brodke DS (2014). Cortical screws used to rescue failed lumbar pedicle screw construct: a biomechanical analysis. J Neurosurg Spine, 1-7.
  13. Abtahi AM, Brodke DS, Lawrence BD (2014). Vertebral artery anomalies at the craniovertebral junction: a case report and review of the literature. Evid Based Spine Care J, 5(2), 121-5.
  14. Lawrence BD, Patel AA, Guss A, Ryan Spiker W, Brodke DS (2014). Malaligned dynamic anterior cervical plate: a biomechanical analysis of effectiveness. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 39(25), 2057-61.
  15. Annis P, Lawrence BD, Spiker WR, Zhang Y, Chen W, Daubs MD, Brodke DS (2014). Predictive factors for acute proximal junctional failure after adult deformity surgery with upper instrumented vertebrae in the thoracolumbar spine. Evid Based Spine Care J, 5(2), 160-2.
  16. Daubs MD, Hung M, Neese A, Hon SD, Lawrence BD, Patel AA, Annis P, Smith J, Brodke DS (2014). Scoliosis research society-22 results in 3052 healthy adolescents aged 10 to 19 years. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 39(10), 826-32.
  17. Joaquim AF, Ghizoni E, Tedeschi H, Lawrence B, Brodke DS, Vaccaro AR, Patel AA (2014). Upper cervical injuries - A rational approach to guide surgical management. J Spinal Cord Med, 37(2), 139-51.
  18. Daubs MD, Hung M, Adams JR, Patel AA, Lawrence BD, Neese AM, Brodke DS (2014). Clinical predictors of psychological distress in patients presenting for evaluation of a spinal disorder. Spine J, 14(9), 1978-83.
  19. Hung M, Hon SD, Franklin JD, Kendall RW, Lawrence BD, Neese A, Cheng C, Brodke DS (2014). Psychometric Properties of the PROMIS Physical Function Item Bank in Patients With Spinal Disorders. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 39(2), 158-63.
  20. Joaquim AF, Lawrence B, Daubs M, Brodke D, Tedeschi H, Vaccaro AR, Patel AA (2014). Measuring the impact of the Thoracolumbar Injury Classification and Severity Score among 458 consecutively treated patients. J Spinal Cord Med, 37(1), 101-6.

Book Chapter

  1. Brodke DS, Annis P, Lawrence BD (2016). Odontoid Screw Placement. In Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ (Eds.), Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade (3rd, Chapter 20, pp. 68-70). New York: Thieme.
  2. Belding J, Brodke DS, Lawrence BD (2015). Differentiating Lumbar Fractures from Thoracolumbar Fractures. In Vialle LR, Bellabarba C, Kandziora F (Eds.), AOSpine Masters Series Volume 6: Thoracolumbar Spine Trauma (6th, Chapter 9, pp. 109-19). New York: Thieme.

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