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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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Everyone involved with my appointment we're very gracious! Couldn't have been any better !

Gail Dotson

I have been with Dr. Donegan for over a year. He has treated me for a shoulder injury. I have been so thrilled with my care. Everyone at BGO has been courteous, caring and professional. Dr. D is highly experienced and goes above and... I have been with Dr. Donegan for over a year. He has treated me for a shoulder injury. I have been so thrilled with my care. Everyone at BGO has been courteous, caring and professional. Dr. D is highly experienced and goes above and beyond to make sure I will be healthy and healed. I HIGHLY recommend Bluegrass Ortho for physical therapy as well.

Beth Bradford

Thanks for no shoulder pain in either shoulder for the first time in 12 years.

Timothy Green

Knowledgeable, personable, skilled.

Anonymous

Bilateral rotator cuff surgeries, throw in one severed bicep repair - completed by Dr Donegan. I would never use anyone other than him for shoulder or elbow injuries. He is not only an excellent surgeon, but and exceptional human being! Bilateral rotator cuff surgeries, throw in one severed bicep repair - completed by Dr Donegan. I would never use anyone other than him for shoulder or elbow injuries. He is not only an excellent surgeon, but and exceptional human being!

Jeff M.

Dr. Donegan was recommended to me by a fellow doctor and I was not disappointed. He expertly repaired the suprasinatus tendon in my shoulder and as a practicing chiropractor. My rotator cuff was very important in terms of continuing my... Dr. Donegan was recommended to me by a fellow doctor and I was not disappointed. He expertly repaired the suprasinatus tendon in my shoulder and as a practicing chiropractor. My rotator cuff was very important in terms of continuing my career as a DC. Thank you Dr. Donegan and the entire BlueGrass Orthopedic staff !

Dr. Leo Boisvert

Excellent physician

Paul Harries

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

Y'all are so nice, courteous, and professional. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else, even though we live in Somerset. You've operated on me and my wife and we brag on you to everyone who asks where we had it done. Y'all are on top... Y'all are so nice, courteous, and professional. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else, even though we live in Somerset. You've operated on me and my wife and we brag on you to everyone who asks where we had it done. Y'all are on top of it all and we support you.

Don Gramling

Dr. Donegan is very thorough. He looks at all variables before making a diagnosis. He is very approachable and explains everything involved in diagnosis and treatment. His staff is very available and helpful. I would highly recommend him!! Dr. Donegan is very thorough. He looks at all variables before making a diagnosis. He is very approachable and explains everything involved in diagnosis and treatment. His staff is very available and helpful. I would highly recommend him!!

Stacey R.

Was in the room before my appointment time. He performed the exam and based on what was causing my pain, showed me on the model where my problem was. However an MRI is needed to confirm the diagnosis before heading to the OR. He’s... Was in the room before my appointment time. He performed the exam and based on what was causing my pain, showed me on the model where my problem was. However an MRI is needed to confirm the diagnosis before heading to the OR. He’s knowledgeable and very pleasant.

Lynn PB

He was very informative & helpful! He answered all of our questions (and we had a lot). Very descriptive when he explained my procedure & what is wrong with my shoulder! Even showed us a video of the procedure to help understand better. He was very informative & helpful! He answered all of our questions (and we had a lot). Very descriptive when he explained my procedure & what is wrong with my shoulder! Even showed us a video of the procedure to help understand better.

Dee Dee Hulker

I liked him he's very nice. Great bedside manner!

melissa proctor

Wonderful surgeon. Would highly recommended!

D Vogt

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