Meet the Authors

Dr. Michael Lawson, MD

Dr. Michael Lawson is a gastroenterologist with more than three decades of experience. After spending several years in academic medicine, including two and a half with UC Davis, Dr. Lawson joined Kaiser Permanente, an integrated managed care consortium, based in Oakland, California.  He is particularly interested in colon cancer prevention and detection and the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Lawson also serves as a clinical professor with UCD and volunteers overseas in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Cambodia.

In 2011 he was honored with the prestigious Morris F. Collen Award for his research at Kaiser Permanente.  He obtained an MD degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, completed his residency at St. George Hospital in Sydney, and earned board certification in gastroenterology from the American Board of Internal Medicine. He also received a Fulbright Scholarship and a travel grant from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, completed a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and earned a PhD from the University of Adelaide.

Dr. Lawson was later awarded fellowship from the Royal Australasian College and the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Lawson has been and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association for Cancer Research and the American College of Physicians.

He volunteers as a physician with the National Ski Patrol. In his spare time, Dr. Lawson enjoys windsurfing, cycling, martial arts, and the company of his wife and family.

Read more about the Morris F. Collen Research Award » 


Jessica Del Pozo, PhD

Dr. Del Pozo is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in a variety of medical settings to help people achieve their best health as they manage chronic medical conditions. Some of  her areas of expertise include irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, chronic musculoskeletal pain, and preventative health care. She has led workshops, symposiums, and teaches continuing education courses for physicians. 

Dr. Del Pozo has been collaborating with Dr. Lawson for the past six years on the grant-funded Adolescent Irritable Bowel Syndrome Project. She has worked at Kaiser Permanente's largest comprehensive chronic pain management program and previously was part of the chronic pain team at Sharp Hospital in San Diego, CA. Dr. Del Pozo spent several years doing cardiovascular clinical research at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and the University of Miami, with a publication in the American Heart Journal. Her passion is helping her patients understand the many pathways of stress to disease to then help them gain control over their health to live full and satisfying lives.

She resides in Northern California with her husband and daughter.


Find out more about the research and presentations by Drs. Lawson & Del Pozo »