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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

    SATURDAY WALK-IN
    8:00am - 10:00am
  • Physical Therapy
  • MONDAY - FRIDAY
    7:00am - 6:00pm

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Rotator Cuff Surgery

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Non-Operative
Rotator Cuff Treatment

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

melissa proctor

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

Very talented, kind, compassionate & easy doctor to talk to. He operated on my shoulder & gave me back my quality of life . I would definitely recommend him.

Anonymous

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.

I feel like they really care about my problems and my damaged shoulder. I like it that you don’t have to wait forever to see my doctor. I enjoy being able to check in on line. I would recommend Dr Donegan to anyone that has damaged... I feel like they really care about my problems and my damaged shoulder. I like it that you don’t have to wait forever to see my doctor. I enjoy being able to check in on line. I would recommend Dr Donegan to anyone that has damaged their shoulder.

Debra Hall

Very knowledgeable, took the time to explain the course of treatment he was suggesting and why.

Michael

Dr. Donegan diagnosed a rotator cuff tear in my left shoulder. He carefully explained my options for dealing with this injury. He even showed me a film of how this injury can be surgically repaired. Today I worked with a member of his... Dr. Donegan diagnosed a rotator cuff tear in my left shoulder. He carefully explained my options for dealing with this injury. He even showed me a film of how this injury can be surgically repaired. Today I worked with a member of his staff to schedule my surgery.

Anonymous

Knowledgeable, personable, skilled.

Anonymous

Saw Dr. Donegan's PA - same day appointment. He was able to diagnose me quickly and I have hope that I will be pain-free after PT.

Anonymous

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

Gail Dotson

Cannot say enough about this wonderful doctor. Explains everything, tells you all possible scenarios, listens and understands the fears we can get. Amazing results. I would recommend bgo to any one 100%. Thanks Doc!

Alahna

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

Kelly Glines Emrich

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

Dr. Donegan did all tests needed and listened to my concerns and explained everything so that I was able to understand what was going on with me, not in and out in a flash like most do. His staff was excellent as well, respectful,... Dr. Donegan did all tests needed and listened to my concerns and explained everything so that I was able to understand what was going on with me, not in and out in a flash like most do. His staff was excellent as well, respectful, courteous, and professional .

Anonymous

Dr. Donegan and his staff of Bluegrass Orthopedics In Lexington, Ky make the 3 hour drive from Pikeville, Ky to Lexington worth while. He and his staff are some of the most competent and upbeat group of professionals we have ever had... Dr. Donegan and his staff of Bluegrass Orthopedics In Lexington, Ky make the 3 hour drive from Pikeville, Ky to Lexington worth while. He and his staff are some of the most competent and upbeat group of professionals we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Dr. Donegan did a complete reverse shoulder replacement on me and one complete reverse replacement for my wife, Suzie. He also repaired her other shoulder. I have completely recovered from my surgery and Suzie has recovered from one of her’s. She is 2 months post op on her full replacement, and her recovery is progressing quickly. Both of us wholeheartedly recommend Dr Donegon and his staff!!!

Honsell Thompson