Dr. David Lawrence
Many people are under the impression that varicose veins and spider veins are only about the way their legs look and this can discourage individuals from seeking treatment. The truth is, vein diseases can be far more complex and in many cases involve significant underlying medical issues. When you seek care for your veins you want to be seen by an expert who can offer skilled diagnosis and state of the art minimally invasive treatments. However, you also want that expert to be personable, caring, and sensitive to every patient’s individual needs. In his practice, Dr. David Lawrence strives to provide both.
Dr. Lawrence was born and raised right in Cedar Rapids. He was interested in medicine early in life and fondly remembers spending the occasional summer night in the emergency room with his father, one of the city’s first emergency room physicians. He also had a significant interest in music and specifically piano, performing two solo piano recitals at Coe College while still in high school. His undergraduate education was at the University of Chicago where he studied the standard premed courses but focused his major studies in music, graduating with honors.
Dr. Lawrence attended medical school at the University of Iowa. He completed his general surgery residency and Chief resident year at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He then underwent additional fellowship training in peripheral vascular surgery at the Geisinger Clinic, also in Pennsylvania.
In 2005 he returned home to Cedar Rapids, joining Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa in the Department of Surgical Specialists. Recognizing the importance of diagnostic ultrasound in the treatment of vascular diseases, he initiated the process of creating our diagnostic vascular ultrasound lab. In addition to developing a thriving a growing venous practice, Dr. Lawrence maintains a cutting edge arterial vascular practice, most recently performing the first minimally invasive repair of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm and the first office-based arterial angiography procedures in Cedar Rapids. Since joining PCI, he has performed well over 2000 vein procedures. Dr. Lawrence is boarded in both general and vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He holds memberships in multiple vascular organizations and societies, is past Department of Surgery Chief at one of the local hospitals and is also the current Chair of the Department of Surgical Specialists at PCI.
Why choose a vascular surgeon?
There are many different medical specialties that are involved in the care and treatment of venous diseases – cardiology, radiology, and dermatology just to name a few. Vascular surgeons are uniquely positioned to provide the most skillful, comprehensive, and unbiased care possible to their patients. Because vascular surgeons train for years in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the blood vessels they are highly focused on this one specific area of patient care. Like dermatology, they are practiced in correctly identifying problem areas on the legs that are a consequence of untreated venous disease. Like radiology, they have expertise in interpretation of specialized tests required to make accurate diagnoses. Like cardiology, vascular surgeons are highly skilled in the use and manipulation of wires and plastic tubes called catheters within blood vessels often required for today’s state of the art techniques. However, only vascular surgeons are also trained in traditional surgical skills and techniques sometimes necessary to achieve the best overall and desired result. When it comes to treating vein problems, the vascular surgeon provides the most complete skill set and knowledge base.
Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion
202 10th Street SE suite 290
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Medical School: University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
American Board of Surgery:
- Vascular Surgery
General Surgery: Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA
Vascular Surgery: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
St. Lukes Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA
Surgery Center Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids, IA
Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, IA