Photograph of Dr. Michael Lawton, MD, a neurosurgeon and neurological treatment expert based in Phoenix, Arizona who specializes in acoustic neuroma treatment.

Dr. Michael Lawton


MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

ScB, Brown University, Engineering

Residencies and Fellowships

Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, Endovascular Surgery

Fellowship, Barrow Neurological Institute, Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery

Residency, Barrow Neurological Institute, Neurosurgery

Internship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, General Surgery


  • Acoustic Neuroma Treatment
  • Aneurysm and Blood Vessel Disorder Treatment
  • Brain Tumor Treatment
  • Hypothalamic Hamartoma Treatment
  • Neurosurgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal AVM Treatment
  • Fistula Treatment


William L. Young Achievement Award, The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation, 2017

Distinguished Service Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2017

Christopher C. Getch Fellowship Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2015

Honorable Mention, PROSE Award, Textbook in Medicine Category, American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, Seven AVMS: Tenets and Techniques for Resection, 2015

Top Doctor, Castle Connolly, 2007-present

Hunt-Wilson Lecture, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2013

Finalist, Ben Franklin Award, Professional and Technical Category, Independent Book Publishers Association, Seven Aneurysms: Tenets and Techniques for Clipping, 2012

Super Doctor, MSP Communications, 2012

Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry, 2011

Award of Merit, Association of Medical Illustrators, Seven Aneurysms: Tenets and Techniques for Clipping, 2011

Top Doctor, 415 Top Doctors, Marin Magazine, 2011-present

Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, 2007-present

Diane D. Ralston Clinical and Basic Science Teaching Award, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neurological Surgery, 2006

Harold Rosegay Teaching Award, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neurological Surgery, 2005

Young Neurosurgeon Award, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies and International Congress of Neurological Surgery, 1997

Resident Research Award, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, 1996-1997

Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Honor Society, 1986

Honors in Engineering, Brown University, 1986

Meiklejohn Society, Brown University, 1984-1986

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