Dr. Lawrence Karlin, MD

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Age 72
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Dr. Lawrence Karlin, MD
Dr. Lawrence Karlin is a senior orthopaedic surgeon at Boston Children's Hospital and the orthopaedic consultant to the Center for Spina Bifida. He specializes in spinal deformities and the orthopaedic conditions associated with spina bifida. He has published over 50 scientific papers and book chapters, and is a member of many orthopaedic organizations including the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Growing Spine Study Group, and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. He has held leadership roles in the Scoliosis Research Society and has been a national and international visiting professor.

482 Bedford St

Lexington, MA 02420

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Dr. Lawrence Karlin, MD

Dr. Lawrence Karlin, MD

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Dr. Karlin's Experience

Dr. Karlin's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Karlin "Over his 35 years of practice, he has been involved in the development of innovative new technology, but his primary goal is to provide the best and most personal care for his patients.  He takes most pride in that accomplishment.  His efforts have been recognized by rewards such as Compassionate Physician, Best Doctors, Vitals Patient Choice and Boston Magazine's Best Doctors of Boston, and, most importantly, by the many families with whom he has developed a long and warm relationship.  "


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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Bone Disorders
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Congenital Spine Disorders
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Lordosis
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Orthopedic Disorders
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Scoliosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylosis


  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spine Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

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.


  • Hamilton College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1967
  • Tufts University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1971
  • Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1972
  • New England Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Boston Children's Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1981

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Karlin has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Karlin's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Karlin to family and friends
based on 10 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Karlin'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)
Boston, MA |
One of the best physicians I have ever met. He performed spinal fusion for my daughter's extreme scoliosis. He is warm, detailed, dedicated, and without ego -- and has the personality to win trust from kids.
Winchester, MA |
We have had a wonderful experience with Dr Karlin. My daughter had surgery last summer for scoliosis in her back. It was a long and involved procedure. She has healed nicely. Dr. Karlin is friendly, warm, and professional. I would highly recommend him as a surgeon.
in Boston, MA |
He has confidence, knowledge and made myself and my 12 yr old feel comfortable.
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Hospitals where Dr. Karlin has admitting privileges

Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis St
Boston, MA 02115
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Newton - Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington St
Newton, MA 02462
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Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
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