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Laurel A. Matthews

Dr. Laurel A. Matthews (“Laurel”) is a physician and an attorney.


  • University of Colorado (B.A., magna cum laude, 1977);
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (M.D., 1981);
  • University of Illinois (M.S., Surgery, 1985);
  • Case Western Reserve (J.D., cum laude, 1994)

Laurel is residency trained in general surgery and transplantation and also board certified in emergency medicine. Laurel completed law school at Case Western Reserve University in 1993. She has been continuously engaged in the practice of medicine since 1981 in various arenas, and since 1993 has also practiced law. Most recently, Laurel made the decision to transition her medical practice to focus on critical care. To that end, she completeda one-year fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, in July, 2012.

Laurel completed her first two years of general surgery residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s in Chicago (1981-1983), followed by three years at Michael Reese Hospital (1983-1986). During those years, Laurel had the honor of winning the Young Investigator’s Award in Shock Research from the Shock Society, and the Chicago Surgical Research Award. She followed her residency with a very prestigious fellowship in transplantation surgery with Dr. Thomas Starzl at the University of Pittsburgh which was a combined program with a satellite facility at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas under the directorship of Goran Klintmalm, M.D. During that year, Laurel authored numerous clinical and research publications.

Laurel is licensed to practice law in both Ohio and California. Since completing law school in 1993, Laurel continuously practices Emergency Medicine and/or Urgent Care Medicine and practices law in the medico-legal arena as well.

Laurel is one of the founding board members of Life Plant International and she has travelled to the Philippines as a surgical team member assisting on the living related donor nephrectomies and kidney transplant operations as well as our other humanitarian outreach programs. Laurel is certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support [ATLS], Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support [ACLS], and Pediatric Advanced Life Support [PALS].