Peter F. Lawrence, MD, Elected President of the Society for Vascular Surgery

Peter F. Lawrence, MD, was elected president of the Society for Vascular Surgery, an international medical society with 5,000 members, at the society’s annual meeting in Boston in June.

He is Chief of Vascular Surgery, and Vice Chair, Department of Surgery, at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He also holds appointments as Wiley Barker Chair in Vascular Surgery, Bergman Chair of Vascular Research, and Director, Gonda Vascular Center

Dr. Lawrence’s vision for the society during his year as president is ensure “that physicians who treat vascular disease are as well educated as possible, and to make sure patients with vascular disease get great care. I’ll be concentrating on two areas: building collaborative relationships with related societies and strengthening our annual meeting, which is the thrust of our educational efforts and attracts a global audience.”

Dr. Lawrence earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree with honors from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency and fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

He is married to Karen R. Lawrence, PhD, president of Sarah Lawrence College. They have two sons.

Dr. Lawrence enjoys restoring old houses, building boats and sailing.

The Society for Vascular Surgery advances the care and knowledge about vascular disease, which affects the veins and arteries of the body, to improve lives everywhere. It counts more than 5,000 medical professionals worldwide as members, including surgeons, physicians and nurses. For more information about vascular health and the society, please visit the society's website,