J. Lawrence Marsh, MD


J. Lawrence Marsh, MD, is the Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. His clinical expertise encompasses a wide variety of fractures, bone infections, and post-fracture problems such as failure to heal and post-traumatic arthritis.

He has a variety of research interests in the assessment and treatment of fractures with particular emphasis on minimally invasive techniques, post-traumatic arthritis and fracture classification and also is recognized for his research and expertise in surgical education and surgical simulation. 

He was the president of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery from 2015 to 2016 and completed his 10-year commitment with the board in the Fall of 2019. He was the president of the American Orthopedic Association and the Mid-America Orthopedic Association from 2014 to 2015. He is a member of many professional organizations including the Orthopedic Trauma Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is the past chair of the Orthopedic Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.




Adult Specialties

  • Orthopedics

Special Procedures and Treatments

  • Fracture surgery (minimally invasive)
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Orthopedic fracture fixation
  • Revision fracture surgery

Diseases and Conditions

  • Acetabular fractures
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Calcaneal fractures
  • Clavicle fractures
  • Elbow fractures
  • Fracture complications
  • Hip arthritis
  • Humerus fractures
  • Knee arthritis
  • Lower extremity fractures
  • Pelvic and acetabular fractures
  • Tibial plafond
  • Tibial plateau
  • Upper extremity fractures


200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242



American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD, State University of New York, Syracuse, N.Y.


  • Orthopedic Surgery, Boston University, Boston
  • Pediatric Orthopedics, Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield, Mass.


Orthopedic Surgery, Oxford University and Nuffield Orthopedic Center, Oxford, England


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