Colleen A. Lawton, M.D., F.A.C.R., Arts ‘79
Dr. Colleen Lawton began her academic career at the Medical
College of Wisconsin in 1987 as an instructor and rose to the
rank of full professor ten years later at the age of 40, one
of the youngest women to do so.
She currently serves as program director of the radiation oncology
residency program at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is
a tenured professor of radiation oncology in charge of the prostate
On the national level Colleen has served on the Residency Review
Committee, which governs all training in her field across the
United States. She has also been nominated to serve on the American
Board of Radiology, which designs and institutes national certifying
exams for doctors in her field.
In the area of prostate cancer research, Colleen has designed
and run multiple National Cancer Institute clinical trials, working
to improve the outcome of prostate cancer patients with all stages
of the disease.
She has published dozens of articles and book chapters, is a
member of multiple state and national societies, and has been
honored with numerous awards. Colleen has been voted as one of
the Best Doctors in America annually since 1998.
She believes in hard work with special emphasis on faith and
family. “Marquette University did a great job preparing
me academically for medical school and my career,” says
Colleen. “More important than that, Marquette fostered
the faith basis on which I practice medicine and go about my
She adds, “I do the work I do simply because a day does
not go by that my patients don’t teach me something about
the true beauty of the human spirit.”