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Lawrence Pawl, M.D.

PawlFor over twenty years, Larry Pawl has been delivering care to cancer patients in his Grand Rapids private practice. Dr. Pawl has been committed to oncology research through his affiliations with the Cook Institute at Spectrum Health and the Grand Rapids Clinical Oncology Program. He serves as Co-Investigator for both programs.

A Grand Rapids native, Dr. Pawl earned his undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University in Allendale and obtained his medical degree at Wayne State Medical School. He returned to West Michigan and did his internship, residency and oncology fellowship at Butterworth Hospital.

Larry Pawl has been an active MSHO Board Member from the early days of the Society's history. His interest in the latest technology and innovations in care made him a perfect candidate to serve on the Society's Oncology Advisory Panel for the review of off-label use of chemotherapy and biological agents. He has diligently performed this service to our members for over ten years.

Dr. Pawl has a strong commitment to end of life care issues. He was a founding member of both the Academy of Hospice Physicians and the International College of Hospice/Palliative Care. From 1982-1995 he served as the Medical Director of the Hospice of Greater Grand Rapids.

Larry currently is a member of the Michigan State Medical Society End of Life Task Force.

In addition, Dr. Pawl's appointments include being a Director of the Michigan State Cancer Consortium and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Since 1995, he has been a member of the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on State Regulations and Legislation.

As a very busy solo practitioner, researcher, active oncology advocate, husband, father of four grown children and grandfather of three, you would think there wouldn't be a minute left to pursue other interests. Not only is Larry an avid collector of Civil War weaponry and projectiles, he has co-authored two books on the subject, the most recent being Melton and Pawl's Guide to Civil War Artillery Projectiles. The book shares his research on surviving projectiles and their patents.

MSHO appreciates Dr. Pawl's continued commitment and contributions to the Society.