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Helen M. Lawler, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Lawler joined the faculty of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes in January 2013. Born and raised in South Florida, she graduated magna cum laude in 2000 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then pursued clinical research with Dr. Kimford Meador, Chair of the Neurology Department, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. before receiving a medical degree in 2007 from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Lawler remained at the University of Colorado to complete her endocrinology fellowship training. ​

Dr. Lawler serves primarily as clinical faculty where she sees patients with a variety of endocrine problems; however, her research interests include post-gastric bypass hypoglycemia, metabolic effects of bariatric surgery, investigating the impact of adipose tissue hypoxia on the development of insulin resistance, and further exploring the pathophysiology of insulin resistance in obesity. ​


  • Post-gastric bypass hypoglycemia
  • Impact of adipose tissue hypoxia on the development of insulin resistance
  • Relationship of measures of adiposity with risk of developing diabetes

Selected Publications

  1. Paget's Disease.
    Lawler HM, Laufgraben MJ, Phillips BD, Schauer I.
    In Ebell MH, Smith M, Brown SR, Lindbloom E, Essential Evidence, John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ 2011.
  2. Adipose Tissue Hypoxia, Inflammation, and Fibrosis in Obese Insulin-Sensitive and Obese Insulin-Resistant Subjects.
    Lawler HM, Underkofler CM, Kern PA, Erickson C, Bredbeck B, Rasouli N. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Apr;101(4):1422-8. PMID: 26871994.
  3. Hypoglycemia after gastric bypass: An emerging complication.
    Millstein R, Lawler HM. Cleve Clin J Med. 2017 Apr;84(4):319-328. PMID: 28388388
  4. Relationship of measures of obesity with post-glucose load glucose, insulin, and fatty acid levels in subjects with normal glucose tolerance: The San Luis Valley Health Study.
    Lawler HM, Abdel-Maksoud MM, Schauer I. (In Preparation)

Clinical Interests

Post-gastric bypass hypoglycemia, metabolic effects of bariatric surgery, diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2, and metabolic disorders associated with obesity


Medical Schools
M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University (Medical College of Virginia), Richmond, VA (2007)

Residency Program
University of Colorado, Denver, CO, Internal Medicine (2010)

University of Colorado, Denver, CO, Endocrinology (2013)