Harold “Hal” Lawler was born in New Haven, Connecticut while both of his parents attended graduate school at Yale.  His family later moved to Sarasota, Florida where Dr. Lawler spent his childhood.  Although he attended Pine View School for the Gifted in Osprey, Florida, he played baseball for Sarasota High School, and his talents on the diamond were apparent when the Chicago Cubs drafted him as a pitcher.  Instead of playing professional baseball, however, Dr. Lawler choose to concentrate on his academics.  He enrolled at Auburn University, where he graduated with majors in economics, accounting, physics, and chemistry.  While at Auburn he won the prestigious Watson Crick Biology Award. After completing his undergraduate program, he attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. His academic achievements in medical school earned him an appointment to teach biochemistry from the University of Vermont, but that appointment took him into teaching rolls at several prestigious colleges and universities throughout New England. Following his time in Birmingham, Dr. Lawler moved to Gainesville and completed his residency and internship at the University of Florida.  

During his thirty-two years as a physician, Dr. Lawler has served as a medical review officer, undergone DOT training, and has focused on anti-aging and restorative medicine.  A self-described “people person,” Dr. Lawler cares about all of his patients, particularly about how he can positively impact their daily lives.   Joining University Orthopedic Care in 2020, Dr. Lawler employs a host of methods to help patients in Tampa, Pinellas Park, Fort Myers, Orlando and Kissimmee. Leaning on his training in restorative medicine, he routinely uses platelet-rich-plasma, medication therapy, steroid injections, and anesthetic blocks to treat patients along the West Coast and in Central Florida. 

When not seeing patients with University Orthopedic Care, Dr. Lawler enjoys cooking, riding his motorcycle, maintaining his backyard aviaries, and spending time with friends and family. 

  • Fluoroscopically Guided Injections of the Spine and Joints
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Facet Joint Injections
  • Viscosupplemental Joint Injections
  • Occipital Nerve Blocks
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections 
  • Stem-Cell Injections
  • Medical School

    University of Alabama

  • Residency

    University of Florida

  • Internship

    University of Florida

  • Specialty

    Occupational Medicine
    Regenerative Medicine
    Acute Pain From Traumatic Injury
    Sports-Related Injury
    Musculoskeletal/Myofascial Pain Syndromes
    Neck and Lower Back Pain
    Post-Concussion Syndrome

  • Locations

    West Coast & Central Florida