About Elizabeth Lawson, MD

Elizabeth A. Lawson, MD, MMSc is a clinician in the Neuroendocrine Clinical Center and a faculty member in the Neuroendocrine Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a clinical researcher and Director of the Interdisciplinary Oxytocin Research Program. In addition research on oxytocin, Dr. Lawson studies endocrine abnormalities in anorexia nervosa. Awards in recognition of her work have included the MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award and Endocrine Society's Early Investigators Award. She is author of more than 35 peer-reviewed publications.

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Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center
55 Fruit Street
Cox 140
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-7948

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Dr. Lawson is a clinical researcher who studies the role of the hormone oxytocin in a range of disorders, including hypopituitarism, eating disorders, osteopenia/osteoporosis and obesity. Her research also focuses on endocrine abnormalities and food motivation pathways in anorexia nervosa.


  • Lawson EA et al. Hypopituitarism associated with a giant aneurysm of the internal carotid artery. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008; 93(12):4616.

    Lawson EA et al. Decreased nocturnal oxytocin levels in anorexia nervosa are associated with low bone mineral density and fat mass. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2011; 72(11):1546-51.

    Lawson EA et al. Oxytocin secretion is associated with severity of disordered eating psychopathology and insular cortex hypoactivation in anorexia nervosa. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2012; 97(10):E1898-908.

    Lawson EA et al. Leptin levels are associated with decreased depressive symptoms in women across the weight spectrum, independent of body fat. Clinical Endocrinology. 2012; 76(4):520-5.