Edward R. Laws, MD, FACS, FAANS (l), DMedCh Naples (hon), FRCSEd (hon), FRCPSG (hon), Fellow College of Neurosurgeons of South Africa (hon)
Professor of Neurosurgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115
Dr. Laws received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University with honors in Economics and Sociology in the Special Program in American Civilization, and then attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, receiving his MD from that institution. He completed his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at Johns Hopkins. After completing his residency, he joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Medical School with a primary appointment in Pediatric Neurosurgery. In 1972, he joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where ultimately he held an endowed Professorship in Surgery, and developed major initiatives in pituitary surgery and epilepsy surgery along with a continuing interest in the metabolism and pathophysiology of primary brain tumors. In 1987 he became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. In 1992 joined the faculty of the University of Virginia, establishing a Neuro-Endocrine Center there, and held an endowed Professorship of Neurosurgery. He also served as Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. He joined the faculty at Stanford University in 2007 where he was Surgical Director of the Stanford Pituitary/Neuroendocrine Center.
In April 2008 he joined the faculty at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he remains active in pituitary and brain tumor surgery and research, and is Surgical Director of the BWH Pituitary/Neuroendocrine Center and a member of the Neuro-Oncology group at the Brigham and Dana-Farber Cancer Center.
During his surgical career he has operated upon more than 7,500 brain tumors, of which 5,900 have been pituitary lesions.
Dr. Laws was President of the American College of Surgeons, and has served as President of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Editor of Neurosurgery, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery, Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and President of the Pituitary Society. He has authored over 800 scientific papers and book chapters, and with Andrew Kaye is co-editor of the encyclopedic volume, “Brain Tumors.”
In 2005 he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, now the National Academy of Medicine.