The Arizona Republic Features a Fitting Tribute to Dr. Robert Spetzler and Announces Appointment of Dr. Michael Lawton as New Head of Barrow


Dr. Robert Spetzler

Earlier this week, Barrow Neurologic Institute officially announced the retirement of its President and CEO, Dr. Robert Spetzler, MD. The renowned surgeon will be retiring July 1, 2017 after 30 years of leadership that has shaped Barrow’s reputation as a world-class center for brain and spine care.

Dr. Spetzler will be succeeded by Dr. Michael Lawton, MD, the current vice chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco, where he has served as chief of vascular neurosurgery for nearly 20 years. Dr. Lawton will assume this leadership role for Barrow  July 3, 2017.


Dr. Michael Lawton

The Arizona Republic paid tribute to Dr. Spetzler by sharing his many accomplishments in advancing the field of neurosurgery in an October 19 article that also describes the collective decision by search committee to appoint Dr. Lawton as the new head of Barrow.

READ the full Arizona Republic article HERE.

We are certainly proud of Dr. Spetzler’s immeasurable contributions to Barrow and the field of neurosurgery that have touched many thousands of lives! 

In July, we look forward to welcoming Dr. Lawton as Barrow Neurologic Institute and Barrow Brain and Spine builds on the legacy Dr. Spetzler has established and ushers in the next chapter of innovation in world-class neurosurgical care.

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