A decorated and respected veteran of the United States Army, Dr. Lawrence first sought a career as a high school biology teacher, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education from New York University. But it was while volunteering at Bellevue Emergency Department that he was inspired to change direction. He enjoyed the adrenaline that came from working in a chaotic environment that required quick, accurate determinations of serious and sometimes life-threatening symptoms. He received an Army scholarship to attend the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, and served for 9 years, thus, beginning his long-standing commitment to the United States Army.
After delivering care to the members of the Armed Forces both here and abroad, in 1995, Dr. Lawrence started his postgraduate medical training in family practice at Dewitt Army Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Va. He would go on to become a flight surgeon, managing helicopter transports of severely ill patients from Egypt to Israel; conduct field rescues for trauma patients; and provide medical care in Korea during short-term deployments overseas.
It was in 2007 when Dr. Lawrence saw the need for a medical staffing company that would operate with a new philosophy to bring forth excellence in providing healthcare for active duty, veteran and civilian patients. The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) is certified by the Veterans Administration and won its first government contract with Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2008, now including service to facilities across the country and boasting a worldwide impact.
“I am pleased to run in the Army Ten-Miler in support of the Army men and women in uniform,” Dr. Lawrence said. “My work history as an Army officer makes this an incredibly special race. Credit is due to the Army for giving me a strong foundation in many aspects, from athletics and medicine, to leadership and volunteerism, which has propelled me to success in sports, such as this, and in so many other valuable ways.”
Dr. Lawrence decided to take his commitment to helping others one step further in 2009, when he started LEAP Foundation DC. The nonprofit organization allows him to educate and give back to the community through youth mentorship and scholarship programs.
In September, Dr. Lawrence and youth mentee Rashard Barnes participated in the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon. It was a remarkable achievement for Barnes, who completed the longest distance in his running history.
“Through collaborations with local groups that are committed to nurturing our future leaders who may be currently underserved, we are able to provide direction, encouragement and support,” Dr. Lawrence said. “I am always excited to use my dedication to staying physically fit to address critical issues. My past participation in marathons has offered support to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and others.”
The Army Ten-Miler attracted more than 35,000 runners and 900 teams and is on a mission to “support Army outreach, build morale and promote physical fitness.” In its 34th year, the ATM generated more than $7.3 million for the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the G9 Division of the U.S. Army Installation and Management Command, which manages programs and services that support readiness and resilience for soldiers and families.