Robert M. Lawrence, MD

Robert Lawrence, MDTitle

Clinical Professor


Dr. Lawrence is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, who is board certified in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His training included; Cornell University Medical School, Montefiore Pediatric Residency Program and NYU-Bellevue Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship. He has spent 30+ years (1985-2016) caring for children and adolescents with HIV/AIDS.  He continues to work in Florida caring for HIV infected children and adolescents; covering 28 of Florida’s more rural counties. He was a member of the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trial Group and a member of the Florida Caribbean AIDS Education Training Center.  He is still a member of the Florida CMS Pediatric HIV Program providing care for children from Gainesville to Pensacola. Dr. Lawrence continues to provide both inpatient and outpatient general pediatric infectious disease consultations as well as consultation regarding breastfeeding and potential risk of infection related to breastmilk.


  • 1977-1979  Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY
    M.D. May, 1979

Postdoctoral Training

  • 1979-1983  Pediatric Residency – PGY1,2,3 Pediatric Chief Residency,
    Montefiore Hospital Medical Center
    Bronx, New York
  • 1983-1986  Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship
    New York University Medical Center
    Bellevue Hospital Medical Center
    New York, NY

Licensure and Certification

  • 1985 Pediatric Board Certification
  • 1997 Pediatric Infectious Disease Board Certification (maintenance of certification thru 2021)
  • 2002 Florida License

Academic Appointments

  • 2012 – Present  Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
    University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • 2008 – Present Associate Director
    Pediatric Residency Program – UF, Gainesville
  • 2016 – Present  Division Chief
    Pediatric Infectious Disease – UF, Gainesville

Editorial Experience

  • 2012 – Present   Senior Associate Editor, Breastfeeding Medicine

Selected Publications

  1. Lawrence R. Gershon A, Holzman R, Steinberg S, and The NIAID Varicella Vaccine Collaborative Study Group. The risk of zoster in children with leukemia after varicella vaccination. NEJM 1988;318:543-48
  2. Krasinski K, Borkowsky W, Bonk S, Lawrence R, and Chandwani S. Bacterial Infection in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected children. PIDJ 1988;7 (5) 323-328
  3. Lawrence R, Huang P, Glick J, Oppenheim JD, and Maas WK. Expression of cloned gene for enterotoxin STb of  E. Coli.  Infection and Immunity 1990;58 (4):970-977.
  4. Palusci VJ, O’Hare D, Lawrence RM. Hepatotoxicity and transaminase measurement during isoniazid Chemoprophylaxis in children. Pediatr Inf Dis J 1995;14:144-8
  5. Lawrence R. Cytomegalovirus in Human Breast Milk: Risk to the Premature Infant. Breastfeeding Medicine 2006;1(2)99-107.
  6. Lawrence RM, Pane CA. Human Breast Milk Current Concepts of Immunology and Infectious Disease. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care 2007;37:7-36.
  7. Lawerence RA, Lawrence RM. Breastfeeding: More than just good nutrition. Pediatrics in Review 32(7): 1-17, July 2011.
  8. Lawrence RM. Circumstances When Breastfeeding is Contraindicated. In: Morrow AL, Chantry CJ. Pediatric Clinics of North America. Breastfeeding Updates for the Pediatrician. Pediatric Clinics of NA. February 2013, 60(1): 295-318.
  9. Lawrence, RA, Lawrence, RM. Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession. 8th Elsevier 2016
  10. Lawrence RM. Chapter 13: Transmission of infectious diseases through breast milk and breastfeeding. In: Lawrence RA, Lawrence RM, eds. Breastfeeding: A guide for the medical professional. 8th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier, 2016.

Contact Information

Department of Pediatrics – Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Florida, College of Medicine
PO Box 100296
Gainesville, FL 32610-0296