Lawton attended The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He earned his Bachelor's Degree of Science in Chemical Engineering in
1986, graduating with highest honors distinction. He graduated second in his class, and he was elected to the Tau Beta Pi Engineering
Honor Society, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the Golden Key Honor Society.
college, Dr. Lawton attended medical school at The University of Massachusetts at Worcester. He received his Doctoral Degree of
Medicine in 1990 and distinguished himself as a Senior Scholar in Surgery.
Dr. Lawton began his surgical
training at Yale University in 1990. During his General Surgery training, he spent 2 years in the laboratory of the Gastrointestinal
Pathobiology Research Group. He received the highly coveted American College of Surgeons Scholarship for the Study of Wound Healing,
as well as the Ohse Foundation Research Fellowship. He also received scientific awards from the Association of Veterans
Administration Surgeons and the Connecticut Society of American Board Surgeons.
Dr. Lawton received his
training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he earned the Corso Award for Outstanding
Research in both 1999 and 2000.