Jeffrey Nathan Lawton MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Clinical Interests:

Dr. Lawton's clinical interests include: hand and elbow surgery; traumatic and degenerative/arthritic problems of the hand,wrist, and elbow; congenital hand differences; sports injuries of hand, wrist, and elbow. Full spectrum of hand, wrist, and elbow problems.

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U of M South Main Orthopaedics

South Main Orthopaedics
2098 South Main Street
Ann Arbor


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


Small joint kinematics.
Fracture fixation biomechanics.
Tendon Biomechanics and ligament repair.


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 received the Thomas D. Brower Orthopaedic Excellence in Teaching Award and was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. His interests include congenital/pediatric, trauma, and post-traumatic reconstruction and elbow conditions in addition to the full spectrum of hand and upper-extremity problems.