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 my 35 years of practice, I have been involved in the development of innovative new technology, but my primary goal is to provide the best and most personal care for his patients. Most of my pride comes from this accomplishment. My 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 I have 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 orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children’s and the orthopedic consultant to our Center for Spina Bifida.  He specializes in spinal deformities and the orthopedic conditions associated with spina bifida. He has published over 50 scientific papers and book chapters, and is a member of many orthopedic organizations including the American Orthopaedic Association (AOAS), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Growing Spine Study Group (GSSG) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). He has held leadership roles in the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and has been a national and international visiting professor.

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