- 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)
Larry Lavery, D.P.M.
- Plastic Surgery
- Diabetes-related foot and ankle complications
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
Wound Care Specialist
A board-certified podiatrist, Lawrence A. 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, and a comprehensive team of clinicians and surgeons that are dedicated to Diabetic Limb Salvage. 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.
“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.
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.
We have a strong commitment to research and investigating new therapies. Dr. Lavery leads a research 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 do not.
- 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)
- 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
The Infected Diabetic Foot: Re-Evaluating the IDSA Diabetic Foot Infection Classification.
Lavery LA, Ryan EC, Ahn J, Crisologo PA, Oz OK, La Fontaine J, Wukich DK, Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2019 Jun
Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of foot infection in persons with diabetes (IWGDF 2019 update).
Lipsky BA, Senneville É, Abbas ZG, Aragón-Sánchez J, Diggle M, Embil JM, Kono S, Lavery LA, Malone M, van Asten SA, Urbancic-Rovan V, Peters EJG, Diabetes/metabolism research and reviews 2020 03 36 Suppl 1 e3280
Corrigendum to "Global Vascular Guidelines on the Management of Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischaemia" [Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 58 (1S) (2019) 1-109>].
Conte MS, Bradbury AW, Kolh P, White JV, Dick F, Fitridge R, Mills JL, Ricco JB, Suresh KR, Murad MH, Aboyans V, Aksoy M, Alexandrescu VA, Armstrong D, Azuma N, Belch J, Bergoeing M, Bjorck M, Chakfé N, Cheng S, Dawson J, Debus ES, Dueck A, Duval S, Eckstein HH, Ferraresi R, Gambhir R, Gargiulo M, Geraghty P, Goode S, Gray B, Guo W, Gupta PC, Hinchliffe R, Jetty P, Komori K, Lavery L, Liang W, Lookstein R, Menard M, Misra S, Miyata T, Moneta G, Munoa Prado JA, Munoz A, Paolini JE, Patel M, Pomposelli F, Powell R, Robless P, Rogers L, Schanzer A, Schneider P, Taylor S, De Ceniga MV, Veller M, Vermassen F, Wang J, Wang S, European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery 2020 07 60 1 158-159
Does negative pressure wound therapy with irrigation improve clinical outcomes? A randomized clinical trial in patients with diabetic foot infections.
Lavery LA, Davis KE, La Fontaine J, Farrar JD, Bhavan K, Oz OK, Crisologo PA, American journal of surgery 2020 Feb
Erratum to: What are the Optimal Cutoff Values for ESR and CRP to Diagnose Osteomyelitis in Patients with Diabetes-related Foot Infections?
Lavery LA, Ahn J, Ryan EC, Bhavan K, Oz OK, La Fontaine J, Wukich DK, Clinical orthopaedics and related research 2020 Apr 478 4 923
Diagnostic Utility of Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate and C-Reactive Protein in Osteomyelitis of the Foot in Persons Without Diabetes.
Ryan EC, Ahn J, Wukich DK, Kim PJ, La Fontaine J, Lavery LA The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2019 Jan
Comparison Between Tc-99m WBC SPECT/CT and MRI for the Diagnosis of Biopsy-proven Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis.
La Fontaine J, Bhavan K, Lam K, Van Asten S, Erdman W, Lavery LA, Öz OK Wounds : a compendium of clinical research and practice 2016 Aug 28 8 271-8
Type 2 Diabetes and Metformin Influence on Fracture Healing in an Experimental Rat Model.
La Fontaine J, Chen C, Hunt N, Jude E, Lavery L The Journal of foot and ankle surgery : official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2016 Jun
Introduction to "Current Concepts in Wound Healing: Update 2016".
Janis JE, Attinger CE, Lavery L, Plastic and reconstructive surgery 2016 Sep 138 3 Suppl 7S-8S
Diagnostic Accuracy of Probe to Bone to Detect Osteomyelitis in the Diabetic Foot: A Systematic Review.
Lam K, van Asten SA, Nguyen T, La Fontaine J, Lavery LA Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2016 Jul
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein to monitor treatment outcomes in diabetic foot osteomyelitis.
van Asten SA, Jupiter DC, Mithani M, La Fontaine J, Davis KE, Lavery LA International wound journal 2016 Mar
Application of X-ray microtomography for the characterisation of hollow polymer-stabilised spray dried amorphous dispersion particles.
Gamble JF, Terada M, Holzner C, Lavery L, Nicholson SJ, Timmins P, Tobyn M, International journal of pharmaceutics 2016 Aug 510 1 1-8
Phase 3 evaluation of HP802-247 in the treatment of chronic venous leg ulcers.
Kirsner RS, Vanscheidt W, Keast DH, Lantis JC, Dove CR, Cazzell SM, Vartivarian M, Augustin M, Marston WA, McCoy Bs ND, Cargill PhD DI, Lee Mshs TD, Dickerson JE, Slade Md HB, Wound repair and regeneration : official publication of the Wound Healing Society [and] the European Tissue Repair Society 2016 09 24 5 894-903
- The Infected Diabetic Foot: Re-Evaluating the IDSA Diabetic Foot Infection Classification.
- Diabetes-related foot and ankle complications