Mark E. Lavallee, MD, CSCS, FACSM, received both his undergraduate and medical school degrees from Pennsylvania State University. After completing a family medicine residency at York Hospital in York, PA, and a sports medicine fellowship at the Crozer-Keystone Health System in Philadelphia, PA, he acquired the CAQ in sports medicine and his certification as Strength and Condition Specialist from the NSCA. In 1998, he was recruited by the Memorial Family Medicine Residency to start the South Bend Sports Medicine Fellowship, where he currently acts as its co-director. Dr. Lavallee is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, has served on the board of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (2004–2008), associate editor of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine (2004–2008), and had a faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Indiana University College of Medicine.
Dr. Lavallee has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, classical type. He joined the Ehlers Danlos National Foundation as one of its early members in 1987. While in medical school, he had the privilege of working in Drs. Roger Ladda and Peter Rogan’s genetics lab at Penn State which isolated the gene loci for heritable aortic aneurysms as part of Human Genome Project. He has enjoyed speaking on EDS at many of the national conferences he has attended and have published numerous articles and book chapters on EDS. Dr. Lavallee served on the EDNF’s board of directors from 2000–2005, where he created the Professional Advisory Network (née Professional Advisory Council). He currently serves on the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation’s Professional Advisory Network and was a clinical investigator with Nazli McDonnell, MD, PhD at the NIH on a study looking a Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Marfan syndrome. Since 2002, Dr. Lavallee has had a monthly multi-disciplinary Ehlers-Danlos Clinic covering the specialties of cardiology, orthopedics, physical therapy, pain management, and exercise physiology. He is currently part of an AMSSM task force working with The Marfan Foundation to better delineate guidelines of diagnosis and activity recommendations.