Dedicated to the inspiring memory of a wonderful teacher and friend of CMDA,

Dr. William J. Lawton, MD

Physician – Educator – Minister

As an undergraduate, Bill Lawton considered these three professions.  In his career in academic medicine at the University of Iowa for forty years, Dr. Bill Lawton served God faithfully in all three capacities!  As an educator, Bill received numerous awards as he integrated his Christian faith with medicine.  He impacted generations of young physicians-in-training as he modeled the art of caring for the whole patient.

Bill cherished his continual membership with CMDA which began as a medical student at Northwestern University.  The ripple effect of his legacy extends far beyond Iowa; first and foremost, to his family and friends, and then around the globe through eleven Medical Education International (MEI) trips. Bill was blessed to teach Internal Medicine residents and bring peritoneal dialysis to Cameroon. His service to MEI also included serving as an MEI team leader and Chair of the MEI Council.

Bill passionately stood for life as he opposed Physician Assisted Suicide as a CMDA Massachusetts State Representative of the American Academy of Medical Ethics.  On several occasions, Bill shared his testimony at the MA Statehouse speaking truth as a physician and as a patient with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Above all else, Bill’s life goal was to reflect his Savior & Friend, Jesus, and to bring glory to Him.  His favorite verse was from 2 Corinthians 12:9; “… and he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

It is our prayer that the CMDA Learning Center will glorify God by providing educational opportunities for Christian healthcare professionals in the US and around the world.