Dr. James Lawler, MD

Dr. James Lawler, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
70 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. James Lawler, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in San Luis Obispo, CA and has been practicing for 38 years. He specializes in orthopedic surgery.Read his story

Pacific Central Coast Health Centers

1304 Ella St Ste A

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Lawler performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Joint Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers
Knee Disorders
very high
more than 95% of peers
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 92% of peers

Dr. Lawler's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Lawler's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Lawler "Dr Lawler has been practicing for over 35 years and enjoys what he does and the patients he sees. His practice consists primarily of total joint replacements and patient education for the best possible results. He has been using the Anterior Approach for Hip Replacement for over 8 years. "

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Lawler "I strive to provide my patients with the best Orthopedic care possible. I believe that listening to my patients concerns are of utmost concern."

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

19  Conditions Treated

  • Bursitis
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)

14  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Notre Dame
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1970
  • Medical College Of Wisconsin
    Medical School | Graduated 1974
  • University Of Hawaii
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1975
  • University Of Hawaii
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1979
  • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1980

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Lawler has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Lawler's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lawler to family and friends
10 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (10)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Lawler's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

Fantastic doctor, caring, competent, and no big ego like some doctors I have dealt with. He seems to LOVE what he does. My hip replacement surgery went so well! Highly recommend Dr Lawler!
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Competent, respected, kind, communicative. Never having had any surgeries, I was anxious about shoulder surgery several years ago but Dr. Lawler was patient with my questions and worries which made an otherwise unpleasant issue as pleasant as one might experience.
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Wonderful , kind,excellent ,caring ,listens to all your needs and is focused. It was so nice to have found Dr. James Lawler, M D and his staff. Best experience I have ever encountered in this Orthopedic medical field, his hospital of choice most caring hospital in this county A #1 French ...more
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