Dr. Gary Lawton grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Lexington High School in 1982. There he became a member of the National Eagle Scouts Association of the Boy Scouts of America. After high school, he attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received the degree Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with highest honors (summa cum laude) in 1986. He graduated second in his class, and was elected to the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the Golden Key Honor Society. After college he attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts at Worcester. He received the degree Doctor of Medicine in 1990, and distinguished himself as a Senior Scholar in Surgery.