Lawrence Karlin

Lawrence Ira Karlin, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Assistant Professor in Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Medical Services


  • Complex Spine
  • Orthopedics
  • Lordosis
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spondylosis
  • Trauma


  • Orthopedic Center
  • Orthopedic Surgery


  • English


  • General Orthopedic Program
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome Specialty Program
  • Neuromotor Therapy Program
  • Orthopedic Trauma Program
  • Spinal Program
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Lawrence Karlin

Philosophy of Care 

Over his 35 years of practice, he has been involved in the development of innovative new technology, but his primary goal is to provide the best and most personal care for his patients.  He takes most pride in that accomplishment.  His efforts have been recognized by rewards such as Compassionate Physician, Best Doctors, Vitals Patient Choice and Boston Magazine’s Best Doctors of Boston, and, most importantly, by the many families with whom he has developed a long and warm relationship.  

Experience and Education


Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine, 1971

Boston, Massachusetts


Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, 1971-1972

Cleveland, OH


New England Medical Center, 1976-1979

Boston, MA


Boston Children's Hospital, 1981

Boston, MA


  • Orthopedics

Professional History

Dr. Lawrence Karlin is a senior orthopaedic surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital and the orthopaedic consultant to the Center for Spina Bifida.  He specializes in spinal deformities and the orthopaedic conditions associated with spina bifida.  He has published over 50 scientific papers and book chapters, and is a member of many orthopaedic organizations including the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Growing Spine Study Group, and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.  He has held leadership roles in the Scoliosis Research Society and has been a national and international visiting professor.

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