David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence

  • Medical Director
  • Staff Physician
MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic
100 Devonshire Place, North Entrance, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 2C9

About David


Dr. David Lawrence is a sports and exercise medicine physician and the lead team primary care physician for the Toronto Blue Jays. He completed his medical school, family & community medicine residency, and sports and exercise medicine fellowship at the University of Toronto. He completed a post-grad Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Lawrence holds hospital privileges at Mount Sinai Hospital (Sinai Health), Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (University Health Network) and Haliburton Highlands Health Services: Hospital (Haliburton, Ontario).

Dr. Lawrence has clinical experience working with athletes of all ages and levels of experience. Dr. Lawrence has worked with many elite and professional athlete’s and has volunteered at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, and the 2013 FISU Winter Games (Kazan, Russia). He has a clinical interest in the management of sports-related concussion.

Dr. Lawrence is actively involved in academia, research, and clinical teaching. His research interests include sports-related concussion and injury prevention. Dr. Lawrence has published extensively in high-impact sports medicine journals and has presented his findings at international sports medicine, concussion, and brain injury conferences. Dr. Lawrence is on the scientific advisory board for the EMPWR foundation: a charitable organization created to advance the recovery of concussion injuries.

Research Interests

Sport-related concussion
Traumatic Brain Injury
Injury Prevention
Sports Sociology

Selected Publications

Lawrence DW, Comper P, and Hutchison MG. Extrinsic risk factor identification for
concussions and musculoskeletal injuries in the National Football League (NFL).
Orthop J Sport Med. 2016 (epub ahead of print DOI:10.1177/2325967116639222).

Lawrence DW and Sharma B. A review of the neuroprotective role of vitamin D in traumatic brain injury with implications for supplementation post-concussion. Brain Injury. 2016 (epub ahead of print DOI:10.3109/02699052.2016.1147081).

Lawrence DW, Comper P, and Hutchison MG. The role of apolipoprotein E episilon (ε)-4 allele on outcome following traumatic brain injury (TBI): A comprehensive systematic review. Brain Injury. 2015; 29:1018-1031.

Professional Memberships

Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (CASEM)
Canadian Academy of Emergency Physicians (CAEP)
College of Family Physicians of Ontario (CFPC)
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)