Ian Lavery, MD

Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Colectomy
  • Contact Radiotherapy
  • Endoscopy
  • Fecal Diversion
  • J Pouch
  • Pediatric Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage Surgery
  • Pouchoscopy
  • Proctoscopy
  • Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Sphincter Surgery
  • Stoma Surgery
  • Strictureplasty
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anal Abscesses
  • Anal Fissures
  • Cancer
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulosis
  • Fissure
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intussusception
  • Large Bowel Cancer
  • Perianal Ulcer
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Proctitis - Care & Treatment
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectal Vaginal Fistula
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 22 Specialties +


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About Ian Lavery, MD

Ian C. Lavery, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. His specialty interests include carcinoma of the small bowel and large bowel, inflammatory bowel disease, sphincter-saving operations, stoma surgery and pediatric gastrointestinal surgery.

After training in Australia and the United States, he joined Cleveland Clinic in 1976 with board- certification. He served on the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors at Cleveland Clinic as well as numerous boards associated with national organizations. Dr. Lavery has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications as well as book chapters used as learning criteria for the specialty of colon and rectal surgery.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Repatriation General Hospital
General Surgery
Melbourne, Australia

Residency - Princess Alexandra Hospital
Internal Medicine
Brisbane, Queensland,

Internship - Princess Alexandra Hospital
Rotating Internship
Brisbane, Queensland,

Medical School - University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine
St. Lucia, Queenslan, Australia


  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Specialty Interests

carcinoma of the small bowel and large bowel, inflammatory bowel disease, pediatric gastrointestinal surgery, sphincter-saving operations, stoma surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Named Best Doctor, Cleveland Magazine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/15/2016, Dr. Lavery has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

134 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

13 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2016

Dr. Lavery scheduled surgery for my hemorhoids on Tuesday Dec 20

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2016

Dr. Lavery was able to reverse my colostomy & I can return to a normal life. He is the best surgeon I have ever known.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2016

always want to review all medication and if needed refill willing to prescribe it

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2016

Very impressed w/my surgical team. I have the utmost respect for Dr. Lavery. His skill, knowledge & compassion are top notch. His team is also very skilled, knowledgeable, compassionate. Someone was always there should a need arise, and always answered every question willingly.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2016

Always upbeat and made me feel most important and safe.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2016

The staff will not call you back you have to continue to call we have been coming up there for 34 yrs. Never had a problem taking to dr. until a couple of years they just don't care the staff or nurses. DR. IS GREAT.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2016

Wonderful physicians and ostomy care staff.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2016

very good

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2016

Dr. Lavery has been my physician since 1999. He is an excellent Doctor, extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. I owe him my life. I have referred so many people to him over the years. I respect him and appreciate him more than I could ever put in words!!! The best!

Reviewed on May 11, 2016


Reviewed on May 9, 2016

I have the most HIGHLY REGARD for DR. I. LAVERY. He is so compassionate and makes one feel so at ease - Would recommend to him anyone - Enjoy my visits with him!!

Reviewed on May 9, 2016

Dr Lavery was real informant, he referred me to another gastroenterologist so I could have a colonoscopy. very nice Doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2016

The best of the best.

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