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Dr. Michael Lawton Reflects on 1st 100 Days, Shares Vision for Future

November 2017

As I finish my first 100 days as the new president and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute, I want to thank the community for welcoming me back so warmly (and I mean that literally and figuratively). Your gracious Southwestern hospitality has made this an easy transition.

I returned to Barrow because I knew it was a unique place to practice the neurosciences, combining the best of academics with the freedoms of a specialty institute. After two decades at the University of California – San Francisco, I have come to believe that a well-run institute is the optimal environment for a neuroscience center of excellence. My strategic plan for Barrow will leverage this belief more globally, and transform Barrow from an institute of icons to an iconic institution. This plan, which I call Barrow 3.0, is the progression from the legacies of the previous leaders, Dr. John Green and Dr. Robert Spetzler.

Barrow 3.0 requires innovation through translational research, industry collaboration, and big data and the best training programs for residents, medical students, neurosurgeons and neurologists from around the world. Three key initiatives for Barrow 3.0 will be transforming Barrow’s home into innovative neuroscience workspace in the spirit of “Googleplex,” launching the Barrow Artificial Intelligence Center, and establishing a major research program called the Barrow Aneurysm and AVM Research Center.

In addition to the institute’s physicians, I have been particularly impressed with one of Barrow’s most outstanding resources – its nurses, therapists, and administrative staff on the frontline who provide the best care to our patients. As our teams and ambitions grow, our campus’s physical footprint must expand to bring neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroscientists, engineers, and nurses together under one roof. An effort is underway through the Barrow Neurological Foundation to raise funds in order to build new office space to capture and cultivate the creative energy of our community. Barrow, which is located at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, is planning to construct a 5-story building on St. Joseph’s campus that will capture the “creative energy of the neurosciences community.”

Barrow 3.0 is an ambitious 10-year project to make Barrow the world’s best place for brains and spines. Barrow has long been a regional point of pride and provides the very best treatment and care to the community. Now is the time for Barrow to become the center of excellence by opening our doors more widely to the world, and delivering world-class neuroscience care.

Thank you again for welcoming me back home to Barrow.

With best regards,

Michael T. Lawton, MD

About Barrow Neurological Institute

Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.