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Inpatient Medical Director for Endocrine and Diabetes

Hospital Insulin Safety Officer

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


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"With every patient and family, I strive to provide exceptional care."

My Biography & Research


I have had an interest in pediatric endocrine pathophysiology since medical school. I’m attracted to this field because of the treatment courses I am able to be a part of with families.

As a pediatric endocrinologist, I have a special interest in neuro-oncology, which pertains to the endocrine needs of patients who have cancers of the brain or spinal cord. I also treat patients with septo-optic dysplasia, which is a disorder of early brain development that involves the optic nerves and other brain structures.

Neuro-oncology and septo-optic dysplasia require a multidisciplinary approach, and patients with these conditions connect with physicians in multiple specialties. This team approach allows for consistent communication among providers and with the patient and family. With every patient and family, I strive to provide exceptional care.

In my research, I am involved in studies pertaining to my clinical interests (neuro-oncology and septo-optic dysplasia), as well as quality improvement and how it pertains to inpatient care. I am specifically looking at ways to decrease adverse events with high-risk medications such as insulin. My research has resulted in the development of the Diabetes Day Hospital Program, a reduction in inpatient insulin errors throughout the institution, and the continuation of home insulin pumps during hospitalizations.

When I’m not working with patients, I enjoy spending time with my family and sewing. I also take care of my dog, who has diabetes.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric endocrinology; septo-optic dysplasia; endocrine disease related to brain tumors; inpatient delivery of diabetes care

Research Interests

Septo-optic dysplasia; endocrine disease related to brain tumors; inpatient delivery of diabetes care

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Endocrinology, Brain Tumor

Research Divisions


My Locations

My Education

MD: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

Residency: Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Lexington, KY.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH.

My Publications

Trametinib-associated Hyponatremia in a Child With Low-grade Glioma is Not Seen Following Treatment With Alternative MEK Inhibitor. Lazow, MA; Lawson, SA; Salloum, R; Hummel, TR; Pillay Smiley, N; Dewire-Schottmiller, MD; Fouladi, M; De Blank, P. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2020.

Assessment of a Day Hospital Management Program for Children With Type 1 Diabetes. Lawson, S; Redel, JM; Smego, A; Gulla, M; Schoettker, PJ; Jolly, M; Mostajabi, F; Hornung, L. JAMA Network Open. 2020; 3.

Hypothalamic-pituitary function following childhood brain tumors: Analysis of prospective annual endocrine screening. Lawson, SA; Horne, VE; Golekoh, MC; Hornung, L; Burns, KC; Fouladi, M; Rose, SR. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2019; 66.

ApoE isoform leading to hypertriglyceridemia in new onset type 1 diabetes. Keefe, C; Lawson, S. Clinical Case Reports. 2018; 6:1287-1290.

Abdominal Pain, Fatigue, and Constipation in a Teenager Female: Is It Worth Further Investigations?. Alsaied, T; Mohameden, M; Lee, L; Lawson, SA; Mantell, BS; Saqr, AH; Nagarajan, R. Clinical Pediatrics. 2016; 55:986-989.

Endocrine. Crimmins, N; Lawson, S; Shah, A. In: Kheir J; Sobolewski B; Zackoff MW; Girdwood SC, Ed. The Pocket. Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; 2016.

Late endocrine effects of childhood cancer. Rose, SR; Horne, VE; Howell, J; Lawson, SA; Rutter, MM; Trotman, GE; Corathers, SD. Nature Reviews Endocrinology. 2016; 12:319-336.