Dr. Lavery graduated magna cum laude from Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois in 1998. He was a three-year letter winner on the varsity football team at Millikin University. In 2003, he received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois.
In 2008, Dr. Lavery completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He completed an accredited fellowship in sports medicine at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, California in 2009. Dr. Lavery is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Indiana Orthopaedic Society.
Dr. Lavery is currently a team physician for the Indianapolis Indians and the team physician at Roncalli High School and Greenfield Central High School. He also has experience working with collegiate football, baseball and basketball teams. Dr. Lavery's work has been published in professional journals, including: Iowa Orthopaedic Journal, Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research and The Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Dr. Lavery's hospital affiliations include: Community Hospital South, OrthoIndy Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and Hancock Regional Hospital.