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Ericka A. Lawler, MD

Assistant Professor Veterans Administration Hospitals- Orthopaedic Surgery
Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship Director
Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Contact Information

Primary Office
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242


BS, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University
MD, Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine
Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases
Fellow, Hand and Upper Limb, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Licensure and Certifications

Certification of Added Qualification-Hand Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
State Medical License
National Board of Medical Examiners


Schippers, S., Simmons, H. & Lawler, E. (In Press). Vascular Changes of the Hand of a Collegiate Softball Catcher. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).

Kobayashi, T., Lawler, E., Samra, H., Ford, B. & Sekar, P. (2020). Prosthetic finger joint infection due to Aspergillus terreus. Oxford University Press on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America, 8(1). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ofid/ofaa614.

Compton, J., Clinger, J., Lawler, E., Otero, J. & O'Shaughnessy, P. (2020). Masks for the Reduction of Methyl Methacrylate Vapor Inhalation. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal (IOJ), 40(1), 191-193. PMID: 32754006.

Caldwell, L., Garcia-Fleury, I., An, Q. & Lawler, E. (In Press). Does removing the photograph and name change reviewer perception of orthopaedic residency applicants?. JAAOS.

Tofte, J., Edward, R., Anthony, C., Holte, A., Volkmar, A., Karam, M., Caldwell, L. & Lawler, E. (2019). Intraoperative Point of View Video Capture and Surgical Segmentation in Carpal Tunnel Release: A Feasibility Analysis. Journal of Surgical Education
, 76(6), 1663-1668.
PMID: 31221605.

Owens, J., Compton, J., Day, M., Glass, N. & Lawler, E. (2019). Nonunion Rates Among Ulnar-Shortening Osteotomy for Ulnar Impaction Syndrome: A Systematic Review. The Journal of Hand Surgery, 44(7), 612.e1-612.e12. PMID: 30342784.

Koehler, D., Balakrishnan, R., Lawler, E. & Shah, S. (2019). Endoscopic versus Open Carpal Tunnel Release: A Detailed Analysis Using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing at an Academic Medical Center. The Journal of Hand Surgery, 44(1), 62.e1-62.e9. PMID: 299053541.

Tofte, J., Anthony, C., Polgreen, P., Buckwalter, J., Caldwell, L., Fowler, T., Ebinger, T., Hanley, J., Dowdle, S., Holte, A., Arpey, N. & Lawler, E. (2018). Postoperative care via smartphone following carpal tunnel release. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. PMID: 30428766.

Anthony, C., Lawler, E., Ward, C., Lin, I. & Shah, A. (2018). Use of an Automated Mobile Phone Messaging Robot in Postoperative Patient Montoring. Telemedicine and e-Health, January (24), 61-66. PMID: 28622079.

Anthony, C. A., Lawler, E. A., Glass, N., McDonald, K. & Shah, A. (2017). Delivery of Patient-Reported Outcome Instruments by Automated Mobile Phone Text Message. HAND/Springer, 12(6), 614-621. PMID: 29091492.

Adams, B. D., Lawler, E. A. & Kuhl, T. L. (2016). Distal Radius Hemiarthroplasty. Journal of Wrist Surgery, 5(3), 217-21. PMID: 27468372.

(2016). Year Book of Hand and Upper Limb Surgery. (2016) Elsevier.

Koehler, D., Gao, Y., Guan, J., Lawler, E., Adams, B. & Shah, A. (2015). Postsurgical Complications Following Distal Radius Plating in a Diabetic Population at Short-term follow up.--A Case control study. HAND /Springer, 10, 670-77. DOI: 10:1007/s11552-015-9777-4.

(2015). Year Book of Hand and Upper Limb Surgery. (2015) Elsevier.

Nguyen, M. P., Lawler, E. A. & Morcuende, J. A. (2014). A Case Report of Bilateral Mirror Clubfeet and Bilateral Hand Polydactyly. Iowa Orthopedic Journal, 34, 171-174.

Goetz, J. E., Kunze, N. M., Main, E. K., Thedens, D. R., Baer, T. E., Lawler, E. A. & Brown, T. D. (2013). MRI-apparent localized deformation of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel during functional hand loading. Ann Biomed Eng, 41(10), 2099-108. PMID: 23612911.

Goetz, J. E., Thedens, D. R., Kunze, N. M., Lawler, E. & Brown, T. D. (2010). Day to Day Variability of median nerve location within the carpal tunnel. Clin Biomech, 25(7), 660-5. PMID: 20605292.

Kunze, N. M., Goetz, J. E., Thedens, D. R., Baer, T. E., Lawler, E. & Brown, T. D. (2009). Individual Flexor Tendon Identification Within the Carpal Tunnel: A semi-automated analysis method for serial cross-section MR Images. Orthop Res Rev, 1, 31-42. PMID: 20694056.

Lawler, E., Adams, B. (2007). Reconstruction for DRUJ Instability. Hand, 2(3), 123-6. PMID: 18780072.

Lawler, E., Adams, B. (2007). Arthroscopy of the Distal Radioulnar Joint. In Slutsky & Nagle, Techniques in Wrist and Hand Arthroscopy. pp. 54-57. Churchill Livingstone.

Adams, B., Lawler, E. (2007). Chronic Instability of the Distal Radioulnar Joint. JAAOS, 15(9), 571-5. PMID: 17761613.

Lawler, E., Adams, B. (2006). DRUJ Instability: Sigmoid Notch Osteoplasty and Ligament Reconstruction. In T. E. Trumble (Eds.) Wrist and Elbow Arthroscopy & Reconstruction. pp. 71-76. American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Lawler, E., Adams, B. (2006). Total Wrist Arthroplasty. In T. E. Trumble (Eds.) Wrist and Elbow Arthroscopy & Reconstruction. pp. 331-338. American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Lawler, E., Paksima, N. (2006). Total Wrist Arthroplasty. Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases,, 64(3-4), 98-105. PMID: 17155918.

Lee, S. K., Kubiak, E. N., Lawler, E., Lesaka, K., Liporace, F. A. & Green, S. M. (2005). Thumb metacarpophalangeal ulnar collateral ligament injuries: a biomechanical simulation study of four static reconstructions. J Hand Surg, 30A(5), 1056-1060. PMID: 16182067.

McLaurin, T. M., Lawler, E. (2004). Treatment Modalities for Subtrochanteric Fractures in the Elderly. Techniques in Orthopaedics: Hip Fractures in the Elderly, 19(3), 197-213.

Lawler, E., Pereira, D. S. (2003). Clinical Cases from Hospital for Joint Disease: Meniscal Repair after Soccer Injury. Medscape General Medicine, 5(2), 28. PMID: 14603127.

Jentsch, J. D., Lawler, E., Tran, A., Bowers Jr, M. B. & Roth, R. H. (1997). Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Increases Prefrontal Cortical Catecholaminergic Utilization and Impairs Spatial Working Memory in the Rat: Blockade of Dopaminergic Effects with HA966. Neuropsychopharmacology, 16, 426-432. PMID: 9165498.

Grogan, J., Shou, M., Lawler, E., Tamura, S., Buters, J. T., Gonzalez, F. J. & Korzeka, K. R. (1995). Cytochrome P450 2A1, 2E1, and 2C9 cDNA- expression by insect cells and partial purification using hydrophobic chromatography. Biochemical Pharmacology, 59(9), 1509-1515. PMID: 7503803.