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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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Well pleased with my treatment by Dr. Donegan. Was very professional, courteous and explained my injury and treatment thoroughly. Would definitely recommend Dr. Donegan and Bluegrass Orthapedics to others.

Norma Overbey

Dr. Donegan is the best!! I have never had a physician that makes me feel at ease in a medical office as Dr. Donegan. His personality is such a plus when you go see him. I trust him and believe in him with whatever he recommends for me.... Dr. Donegan is the best!! I have never had a physician that makes me feel at ease in a medical office as Dr. Donegan. His personality is such a plus when you go see him. I trust him and believe in him with whatever he recommends for me. He operated on my shoulder a couple of weeks ago, and I feel that he did an awesome job!! He would be my #1 recommendation for a shoulder surgeon!!

Robin Mayes

Dr. Donegan performed shoulder surgery on my mother a few months ago, and he did an amazing job. He is a wonderful doctor and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. I have since taken my son to bluegress ortho as well. I will never... Dr. Donegan performed shoulder surgery on my mother a few months ago, and he did an amazing job. He is a wonderful doctor and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. I have since taken my son to bluegress ortho as well. I will never go anywhere else for ortho care.

Heather Johnson

I had a wonderful experience at my appointment. All the staff was great. Dr Donegan was very informative. Did not feel rushed. Took time to answer all my questions. Would totally recommend him to everyone.

Anonymous

Excellent physician cares about patient recovery and takes time to listen to any concern .

Robert Sherman

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

He is an excellent doctor. He takes the time to talk to you and explains what your condition is and planned treatment.

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

One of the most thorough physicians I have ever experienced.

Lucius Willson

I was recommended to Dr. Donegan by several friends. He completely repair my shoulder with excellent skills. He is very skillful, friendly and takes the time to listen to you as a patient and get to the root of your issue. He is an... I was recommended to Dr. Donegan by several friends. He completely repair my shoulder with excellent skills. He is very skillful, friendly and takes the time to listen to you as a patient and get to the root of your issue. He is an EXCELLENT surgeon as well as excellent staff.

Anonymous

A very knowledgeable doctor that provided excellent care. Good experience, had a reverse shoulder replaced with no problems. Highly recommend.

Ronnie Dalton

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

Gail Dotson

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

Anonymous

Visit was perfect! Nobody wants to hear they need shoulder replacement surgery, but that was exactly what I heard. Dr Donegan cheerful, professional, and showed a funny side that was reassuring. The surgery went well as expected Visit was perfect! Nobody wants to hear they need shoulder replacement surgery, but that was exactly what I heard. Dr Donegan cheerful, professional, and showed a funny side that was reassuring. The surgery went well as expected

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