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Ryan P. Donegan, M.D., M.S.
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.

Orthopedic surgeon 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

Rehabilitation
Protocols

Dr. Donegan
Champion Patients

Location
Details

3401 Yorkshire Medical Park
Lexington, KY 40509
(859) 263-5140
  • Office
  • MONDAY - FRIDAY
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    *Office may close 4:30PM on Friday
  • Physical Therapy
  • MONDAY - FRIDAY
    7:00am - 7:00pm

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Dr. Donegan takes his time with you and makes you feel like he is your family. I wouldn't go any where else.

Sherry H.

Dr. Donegan was an answer to my prayers. Constant pain from a previous shoulder surgery that has not gotten better. Dr. Donegan accessed it and after looking at x-rays and CT scan verified his opinion. Surgery scheduled with hopes of a... Dr. Donegan was an answer to my prayers. Constant pain from a previous shoulder surgery that has not gotten better. Dr. Donegan accessed it and after looking at x-rays and CT scan verified his opinion. Surgery scheduled with hopes of a much less painful 2020. Will die a follow up review post surgery.

Jennifer Dobbs

I always feel like Dr. Donegan has my best interest at heart. He takes the time to explain, details of my condition, what route we should take for the most harmonious outcome.

Velma Burton

I can’t brag on Dr. Donegan enough. I saw him for an injury after being completely written off by another doctor. He reviewed my scans with me and explained what he was seeing and for the first time in the three months since my injury... I can’t brag on Dr. Donegan enough. I saw him for an injury after being completely written off by another doctor. He reviewed my scans with me and explained what he was seeing and for the first time in the three months since my injury I feel like someone is actually doing something to help me. Great bedside manner and very knowledgeable!

Cassandra Sheaffer

Dr. Donegan explained everything in detail so that I could understand. He even had a 3D image of my arm so I could see exactly the damage that was done & what he would do to repair. He is a very compassionate doctor.

Anonymous

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

Della Taulbee

Excellent Dr. Excellent Care.

Jonathan Fieldson Healthgrades

Very knowledgeable and explains things in a way that is easy to understand.

Anonymous

One of the best doctors you could ever meet. Very friendly, attentive and a great Surgeon. I had reverse shoulder replacement and I consider it successful.

Tom Gillion

Dr. Donegan has been treating me for my shoulder the past year and I’ve been very pleased. The PA is very nice and helpful. I feel that I’m in good hands.

Becky Welch

I am so thankful I was referred to Dr. Donegan! He was professional in helping me make a decision regarding my surgery! His staff and the receptionists on The first floor were very helpful! I will still have to have surgery at a later... I am so thankful I was referred to Dr. Donegan! He was professional in helping me make a decision regarding my surgery! His staff and the receptionists on The first floor were very helpful! I will still have to have surgery at a later date, but we are trying all options before surgery as a last resort.

Pashia Staton

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

Anonymous

After one year, no problems with my reverse shoulder replacement!! Minimal pain. Was back to work in 5 weeks.

Anonymous

Donegan and nurses were great, friendly, professional and comforting.

Kelly Glines Emrich

It was the day after Christmas and my daughter kept asking me to ride her new hover board she had gotten, and I kept saying, “No I will fall off of it”. She kept insisting I ride it and you probably know where this story is going.... It was the day after Christmas and my daughter kept asking me to ride her new hover board she had gotten, and I kept saying, “No I will fall off of it”. She kept insisting I ride it and you probably know where this story is going. To make a long story short, I rode it and fell off of it breaking the radial head in multiple pieces. This happened around 9:00 pm and I had already made up my mind after it happened that I was not going to the emergency room that night as the pain was minimal. I knew first thing the next morning I was going to call Bluegrass Orthpeodics. The only opening they had was for the clinic in Georgetown and without any hesitation I said I will take it. It is well worth the two plus hours it takes to get there from my hometown. The x-ray confirmed the fracture and they scheduled and MRI and appointment with Dr. Donegan. Needless to say he explained the procedure and how he was going to try and put the fragments back together, if not he would have to put an implant in for my radial head. He answered all my questions and explained everything thoroughly. Central Baptist was awesome as it was an outpatient procedure and everything went great. I cannot say enough good things about Dr Donegan and the staff at BO. I would refer any of my family and friends. Thankfully my movement is as well as it was prior to the accident if not better..Very satisfied and grateful.

Tonia Smith