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Ryan P. Donegan, M.D.,
Shoulder and Elbow Specialist

Ryan Donegan, MD, MS started at Bluegrass Orthopaedics in September of 2013. Dr. Donegan was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA and traveled to Emory University in Atlanta, GA for his undergraduate education, majoring in biology and anthropology. While at Emory, he was a four-year member of the baseball team and named a first team All-American and Academic All-American during his senior year. After college, Dr. Donegan did a year of biochemistry research at the University of Pennsylvania before heading to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (UKCOM). In 2006, Dr. Donegan graduated with highest honors from UKCOM and, following medical school, did a five-year orthopaedic surgery residency at Dartmouth Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. During his tenure at Dartmouth, he completed a one-year research fellowship and master's program at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, with a focus on clinical research design. After residency, Dr. Donegan completed a one-year fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

Dr. Donegan has research interests that include both arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery. Currently, he has been involved in multicenter studies evaluating the use of preoperative 3D templating for use in total shoulder arthroplasty, and biomechanical studies of proximal humeral fracture fixation.

Dr. Donegan enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife, Amy, and his three children Owen, Luke and Claire.


Specialties

  • Complex shoulder and elbow arthroscopy/minimally invasive shoulder and elbow surgery
  • Primary and revision shoulder and elbow replacements
  • Fractures of the shoulder and elbow
  • Complex shoulder reconstructions including tendon transfers

Residency

  • Dartmouth Medical Center

Fellowship

  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine - Shoulder and Elbow

Hospital Affiliations

  • Baptist Health
  • CHI - St. Joseph East
  • Bluegrass Specialty Surgery Center

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Excellent Dr. Excellent Care.

Jonathan Fieldson Healthgrades

A great understanding doctor! He exhausted every option before surgery. I’m glad he’s my doctor and friend.

Danny Tolson

Always nice, courteous and always explains things and listens to me.

Lisa Gabbard

Staff works amazingly to get you the help you need with concern with your pain . Thank you for everything.

Anonymous

Everyone was very concerned and polite. My Husband really enjoyed and liked the staff.

Della Taulbee

I had a check-up for my hip. Had a couple of concerns and Dr. Donegan answered my questions. Awesome staff.

vickie bishop

He is the most approachable & professional Dr I have ever seen. I am an RN with orthopedic experience & I have been so extremely happy with his care & expertise! I had a reverse shoulder replacement after failing a previous regular... He is the most approachable & professional Dr I have ever seen. I am an RN with orthopedic experience & I have been so extremely happy with his care & expertise! I had a reverse shoulder replacement after failing a previous regular replacement followed by a fall & fracture after the first surgery. He let me know all my options & was totally open as to any possible complications. I am so happy with my outcome & recommend him highly to anyone especially anyone with a complex issue. I honestly can’t thank him enough!

Anonymous

Had two shoulder surgeries with him and I highly respect his skill and knowledge and appreciate his caring manner. Every appointment was informative and efficient. Never felt rushed! My shoulder recovery has been excellent. Had two shoulder surgeries with him and I highly respect his skill and knowledge and appreciate his caring manner. Every appointment was informative and efficient. Never felt rushed! My shoulder recovery has been excellent.

Anonymous

Professional and caring. Explained my options throughly and understandably.

Lora Hessing

Good experience, in and out quickly.

Anonymous

I highly recommend Dr Donegan! After two successful surgeries with him, I highly respect his knowledge and skill! Really appreciate his genuine caring, friendly manner!!

Anonymous

This was the best experience with a physician's practice ever. From the moment I walked in the door, through the registering, nurse, PA, and especially the x-ray tech.....all quick yet thorough. Dr. Donegan was on time and very... This was the best experience with a physician's practice ever. From the moment I walked in the door, through the registering, nurse, PA, and especially the x-ray tech.....all quick yet thorough. Dr. Donegan was on time and very understanding. Lucky me.

Mischelle Hodgkin

I’ve been extremely happy with Dr. Donegan, thus far. He doesn’t seem (or at least in my case) to mess around. He’s thorough. He knows his field well. He listens to what you have to say. I’ve been to doctors in the past that... I’ve been extremely happy with Dr. Donegan, thus far. He doesn’t seem (or at least in my case) to mess around. He’s thorough. He knows his field well. He listens to what you have to say. I’ve been to doctors in the past that thought they needed to tell you how you feel. His bedside manner is incredible. Also...the staff in his office are timely which is extremely important for those of us that have to work and very polite.

Anonymous

Dr. Ryan Donegan is compassionate, kind and he really cares about people. His sincerity shows in everything he does. I wouldn't go to any other orthopedic practice besides BGO! I have known Dr. Donegan for a long time and I have seen... Dr. Ryan Donegan is compassionate, kind and he really cares about people. His sincerity shows in everything he does. I wouldn't go to any other orthopedic practice besides BGO! I have known Dr. Donegan for a long time and I have seen him interact with his patients, and he is always personable and has a great bedside manner. I highly recommend Bluegrass Orthopedics!

Pam Douglas

Dr Donegan did a complete reverse shoulder replacement on both my wife and me. I have full use of my shoulder now. My wife is now 2 months post op from her full replacement and quickly regaining mobility of her arm and shoulder. Dr... Dr Donegan did a complete reverse shoulder replacement on both my wife and me. I have full use of my shoulder now. My wife is now 2 months post op from her full replacement and quickly regaining mobility of her arm and shoulder. Dr Donegan also did a repair on her other shoulder and now, 8 months post op, she has full mobility of that one. Dr Donegan and his staff are absolutely top shelf!! Highly recommended!!!

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