- Fellowship - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (1992-1993), Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
- Residency - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (1988-1990), Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
- Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science (1984-1988)
- Medical School - UT Health Science Center at Houston (1991-1993)
Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M., M.P.H., is a board-certified podiatrist and Professor of Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is also medical director of UT Southwestern’s Comprehensive Wound Care Center and director of the amputation prevention program at Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Lavery completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University and then earned his medical degree at the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He completed a residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he also earned a Master in Public Health.
Prior to joining UT Southwestern in 2010, Dr. Lavery held academic appointments at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Temple; the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; and Loyola University Medical Center in the Chicago area. He has also served as a staff podiatrist at VA hospitals in San Antonio and Illinois.
Dr. Lavery is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. He has been invited to lecture on podiatric medicine, diabetic ulcers, and wound care at medical conferences around the world and has published a dozen book chapters and more than 150 research articles on these topics.
He has served on the editorial board for Diabetes Care and the International Diabetes Monitor, and was editor-in-chief of Foot and Ankle Quarterly and deputy editor of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
Dr. Lavery enjoys hunting quail and training hunting dogs. He also likes family activities including kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, rock climbing, and cooking.
Meet Larry Lavery
Wound Care Specialist
A board-certified podiatrist, Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M., M.P.H., is an internationally recognized expert in diabetic foot complications, including diabetic foot ulcers, soft tissue and bone infections, Charcot arthropathy, and prevention strategies. As a leading member of the team that established UT Southwestern’s Wound Care Clinic, he’s been at the forefront of expanding options for patients in North Texas.
Dr. Lavery currently is a member of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot, including both the diabetic foot infection and diabetic foot prevention study groups. He is past chair of the American Diabetes Association Foot Care Counsel and the American Public Health Association’s Foot Section.
"We apply comprehensive solutions focused on helping patients recover. For some patients, this means salvaging a limb using advanced techniques based on the newest research available in wound care.”
By combining groundbreaking research with scientific treatment options, he’s able to offer novel, evidenced-based treatments. His expertise includes the full range of wound care options – including stem cell-based wound therapy, bioengineered tissue, electrical stimulation, and negative pressure wound therapy.
“One of the most important advantages I can offer patients is access to a full spectrum of therapies based on scientific evidence,” Dr. Lavery says.
“We use the proven treatments that might be considered old school, as well as many of the most innovative treatments in the world. And because we collaborate with industry to study new technologies, we often have new treatments that are not available at other centers,” he adds.
He says seeing patients at UT Southwestern’s Wound Care Clinic offers another distinct advantage because there he has a close working relationship with world-class vascular surgeons and vascular testing. He notes that, for many people with diabetic foot wounds, optimizing the blood flow to the foot is the difference between healing or losing their leg.
Dr. Lavery says great progress has been accomplished with science-based strategies to save limbs.
However, he stresses patients should seek care sooner rather than later because early treatment can be key to improving their chances of recovery and preventing an amputation.
As director of research for UT Southwestern’s Department of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lavery leads a team that’s focused on improving treatment and prevention of diabetic foot complications. Dr. Lavery’s groundbreaking work has received research funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH), Veterans Administration (VA), American Diabetes Association, Agency for Health Quality Research, Qatar National Research Foundation, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, American Podiatric Medical Association, and private industry. This includes studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), such as identifying biomarkers in diabetic patients to diagnose and monitor foot infections and to help doctors understand why some people heal and some don’t.
Dr. Lavery brings a unique perspective to treating wounds and understands foot and ankle complications on a personal level. Dr. Lavery’s father was born with a clubfoot, and his great grandfather lost both legs to disease. So he uses that experience to relate to patients and help them understand the disease process and their treatment options.