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Colleen A. Lawton, M.D., F.A.C.R., Arts ‘79

Dr. Colleen Lawton began her academic career at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1987 as an instructor and rose to the rank of full professor ten years later at the age of 40, one of the youngest women to do so.

She currently serves as program director of the radiation oncology residency program at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is a tenured professor of radiation oncology in charge of the prostate cancer program.

On the national level Colleen has served on the Residency Review Committee, which governs all training in her field across the United States. She has also been nominated to serve on the American Board of Radiology, which designs and institutes national certifying exams for doctors in her field.

In the area of prostate cancer research, Colleen has designed and run multiple National Cancer Institute clinical trials, working to improve the outcome of prostate cancer patients with all stages of the disease.

She has published dozens of articles and book chapters, is a member of multiple state and national societies, and has been honored with numerous awards. Colleen has been voted as one of the Best Doctors in America annually since 1998.

She believes in hard work with special emphasis on faith and family. “Marquette University did a great job preparing me academically for medical school and my career,” says Colleen. “More important than that, Marquette fostered the faith basis on which I practice medicine and go about my life.”

She adds, “I do the work I do simply because a day does not go by that my patients don’t teach me something about the true beauty of the human spirit.”

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