Daryl Lawson

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Daryl Lawson
Associate Professor
(269) 387-7266
3409 Health and Human Services Building, Mail Stop 5383
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Department of Physical Therapy
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5383 USA

Daryl Lawson PT, DSc is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. After graduating with a degree in physical therapy from the University of Southern California, he practiced for 12 years as a physical therapist in the areas of orthopedics and wound care. His clinical journey included an orthopedic residency at Kaiser Hayward, in Hayward, CA. Prior to joining the faculty at WMU, Daryl was an associate professor in the department of Physical Therapy Education at Elon University. His teaching responsibilities at Elon included orthopedics (lower extremity), electrophysiology, integumentary/wound and a selective course in orthopedics. He was also the faculty advisor for the Elon Pro Bono Clinic and faculty on the Cone Sports Medicine Fellowship program.

Dr. Lawson has continued his research from his dissertation at Loma Linda University that involved people who have diabetes and chronic, non-healing wounds (Loma Linda University). He received a $100,000 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Department to continue this work. The study resulted in a patent on a device that increases blood flow to the lower extremity and improves healing rates. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK US) is an emerging tool that Dr. Lawson uses for research, teaching and clinical work. He has taught courses at Fort Bragg and used MSK US for specific research in people with knee osteoarthritis and plantar fasciitis.

Dr. Lawson is excited to have the opportunity for inter-professional education/research with all the schools at WMU. His passion is sharing time in the clinic, classroom and research projects with the students.