Lawrence A. Lavery, D.P.M., M.P.H., is a Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director of the Diabetic Limb Salvage (DLS) program at Parkland Memorial Hospital and works as part of the DLS team at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. Dr. Lavery’s clinic and research interests involve diabetic foot complications, infections, and wound healing.

Dr. Lavery completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University and then earned his medical degree at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 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. 

He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow).

Prior to joining UT Southwestern in 2010, Dr. Lavery was a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Scott and White Medical Center in Temple, Texas; the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; and Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. He has also served as a staff podiatrist at VA hospitals in San Antonio and Maywood, Illinois.

Dr. Lavery’s research group has published over 320 peer reviewed scientific paper and textbook chapters. His H-index is 91. They have received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, American Diabetes Association, Veterans Administration, Qatar National Research Foundation, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, American Podiatric Medical Association, and private industry.

Meet Larry Lavery

Expert in Complex Diabetic Foot Wounds and Infections at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas

A board-certified podiatrist, Lawrence A. Lavery, D.P.M., M.P.H., is an internationally recognized expert in diabetic foot and ankle wounds, with a clinical focus on complex diabetic foot ulcers, soft tissue and bone infections, and prevention strategies, including patient education and foot care. 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 with diabetic foot wounds in North Texas.

Dr. Lavery is currently 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, evidence-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 UT Southwestern patients is access to a full spectrum of therapies based on scientific evidence and a comprehensive team of clinicians and surgeons who are dedicated to complex wounds and diabetic limb salvage. Additionally, we have a close working relationship with world-class vascular surgeons, infectious disease experts, orthopedic surgeons, and therapists. Our system fosters communication and collaboration,” Dr. Lavery says.

“At UT Southwestern, 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 for diabetic foot wounds, we often have new treatments that are not available at other centers,” he adds.

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.

Advanced Diabetic Wound Care in Dallas, Texas

UT Southwestern has a strong commitment to investigating new therapies. Dr. Lavery leads a research team that’s focused on improving treatment and prevention of diabetic foot complications.

His groundbreaking work in complex diabetic foot and ankle wounds 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.

His studies funded by the NIH include identifying biomarkers in diabetic patients to diagnose and monitor foot infections and to help doctors understand why some people heal and some do not.

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Education & Training
  • Residency - UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (1988-1990), Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
  • Fellowship - UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (1992-1993), Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
  • Medical School - UT Health Science Center at Houston (1991-1993)
  • Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science (1984-1988)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Board of Podiatric Surgery
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Texas Podiatric Medical Association
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)
Honors & Awards
  • The Karel Bakker Diabetic Foot Award 2019, Given to honor scientists and clinicians who have major contributions to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of diabetic foot disease, 8th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot Conference, Amsterdam
  • 14th Annual Edward James Olmos Award 2018, For advocacy in amputation prevention, Houston, Texas
  • Medstar Georgetown Distinguished Achievement Award in Diabetic Limb Salvage 2018, Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference
  • Earl G. Kaplan Memorial Lecture 2009, 23rd Annual Great Lakes Conference, Troy, Michigan
  • Roger Pecoraro Lecture 2007, American Diabetes Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • Baranoski Founder's Award 2003, 18th Annual clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care
  • American Podiatric Medical Association's John E. Green Award 1995
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Diabetes-Related Foot and Ankle Complications

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Q&A by Larry Lavery