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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].

  • Dr. Matthews has been licensed as a physician in Ohio since 1992. She holds an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Ohio and a Federal DEA License. Dr. Matthews is also licensed to practice medicine in the State of Pennsylvania.
  • Dr. Matthews is Residency trained in General, Vascular, and Thoracic Surgery and Fellowship trained in Multiple Organ Transplantation.
  • Dr. Matthews began her medical practice in Ohio as an Emergency Medicine and Trauma physician staffing the emergency departments at Huron Road Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Luke’s Solon and St. John Medical Center until approximately 1999 at which time she decided to devote the majority of her professional time to the medical malpractice law.
  • From approximately 1999-2007, Dr. Matthews was a partner at a Premier Cleveland Law Firm where she devoted essentially 100% of her professional time to the practice of law.
  • In 2007, Dr. Matthews returned to “full time” practice emergency medicine and has devoted the vast majority of her professional time to medical practice in that capacity since making the transition back to the active clinical practice of medicine.
  • Dr. Matthews is Board Certified and Re-certified in Emergency Medicine, a Critical Care Specialty.
  • In 2011, Dr. Matthews moved from community-based emergency medical practice to assist provision of quality emergency and critical care to Native Americans in underserved areas by serving as an emergency physician in the Indian Health Services. In order to sharpen her critical care skills in preparation for service in remote areas, Dr. Matthews entered the match program complete additional fellowship training in critical care. Dr. Matthews was subsequently matched with a highly competitive and rigorous one year Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton Ohio which she completed between September, 2011 and July, 2012 at which time Dr. Matthews began her continuing tenure as a contractor for the federal government in the Indian Health Services.
  • After completing that training, in addition to being Board Certified and Re-certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Matthews is Board Eligible in Surgical Critical Care.
  • Dr. Matthews has maintained all of her credentials in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Fundamental Critical Care Support and Emergency Ultrasound with a minimum of 100 hours per year of continuing education in Emergency and/or Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Matthews is scheduled to be Re-certified in Emergency Medicine for the second time in May, 2018.
  • In her capacity as an emergency medicine provider in the Indian Hospitals, in addition to the triage and care of critically ill admissions to the emergency department including laboring patients, Dr. Matthews is responsible for critical care coverage for any hospitalized patients that require such care until such time as an appropriate transfer and be orchestrated because Indian Hospitals typically do not have any other critical care unit.
  • Dr. Matthews has devoted more than 90% of her professional time to the practice of emergency medicine rotating at a number of high-volume Indian Hospital emergency departments in Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, and Nebraska.