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

  • Cancer Center
  • 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 15 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 Education - 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

See publications for Ian Lavery, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 11/6/2018, 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

139 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Dr Lavery is an excellent provider who gives me time to ask questions

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Doctor Ian Lavery is amazing, he's always very kind to me and takes fantastic care of me at my appointment and makes sure I have all the information I need to keep a healthy Jpouch. I couldn't ask for a better Doctor!

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

Dr. Lavery had a fight cancelled and got in very late over the weekend. Despite that he came in and saw all his patients and even though I had to wait in excess of two hours I was grateful that he made the effort at great personal sacrifice as I came all the way from Vermont just for the 8:00 am Monday morning appointment.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

Once again, the fact that Dr. Lavery made the effort to come in to see patients after a cancelled flight delayed him really impressed me. Everyone worked together to make my visit as rewarding as possible.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

All the staff are extremely helpful, courteous and professional. The doctor ordered a contrast CT scan and to my amazement I was able to drive to another clinic and get the scan within a couple of hours. Coming from ten hours away that meant a great deal to me.

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

dr. lavery and staff are all great people, dr. lavery should have a statue of himself out front of the crille building

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

I work at a large hospital in Detroit and I can tell you that Dr. Lavery and the Cleveland clinic are top notch in every way. The care I received was wonderful I was always respected and best of all my outcome has been very positive.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

world class care by dr. lavery

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

always a good experience. Dr Lavery is the best! Since I've met him I always feel very confident that I'm being in the best hands. The other doctors, nurses and other staff are great.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2019

very impressed with Dr. Lavery. I feel very comfortable with him.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

Dr Ian Lavery and his medical staff are extraordinary care givers. Knowledgeable and compassionate. There was never a moment that I doubted that my care was in the best of hands. Clevland Clinic is lucky to have such an exceptional surgeon and Dr. Lavery an exceptional staff.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

Dr. Lavery is excellent in what he does. Highly recommended. Surgery went well and recovery proceeded normally

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

Very satisfied with Dr lavery. extremely professional and courteous. would recommend him and Cleveland clinic to everyone.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

Colo-rectal procedures can be quite invasive/embarrassing; Dr. Lavery is ALWAYS very professional, kind, calm, and helpful. His explanations are precise and thorough; he answers all questions and addresses all of my health concerns. Because of his surgical skill, I have a quality of life I thought I would never have in retirement. I can travel globally without worrying. He makes me feel reassured that any issues can be handled....and he has always done that I could not have selected a better surgeon and a kinder human being.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

Minimal wait time. I accept the fact that Dr. Lavery may need to spend extra time with another patient; he has definitely spent extra time with me when necessary.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

Dr Lavery has helped me get through a very difficult health issue.He listens to my concerns and handles them in a very professional way.The clinic is very lucky to have him on their staff!

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

Dr.Lavery is always extremely helpful & always listens to what I have to say. He's wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

Dr. Lavery's office actually called me the day before my scheduled CT scan, which was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. My follow-up appointment with Dr. Lavery was at 3:30 p.m. that same day. Rather than have me wait all day, they told me to come up to Dr. Lavery's office immediately after my CT. By doing this, I was able to see Dr. Lavery before Noon instead of waiting until 3:20 p.m. I was so appreciative of them doing that for me because I was able to get back to Erie PA where I live by 2:00 p.m.!That was so thoughtful of them!

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2018

*Dr. Lovery and his team of doctors were all very helpful and concerned. Great bedside manner.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2018

*Dr. Lavery is awesome, and his scheduler/manager, *Marlene, is great!!

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