Michael K. Ryan, MD


Michael K. Ryan, MD, is an board certified orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine surgery (including ACL reconstruction, treatment of shoulder instability and labral repairs, and rotator cuff repairs), hip preservation surgery (including hip arthroscopy for treatment of hip impingement and labral tears, treatment of hip dysplasia, and other joint preserving surgeries for adolescents and adults), as well as knee and hip replacements. Dr. Ryan brings extensive sports medicine experience having acted as a member of the medical teams for various institutions and organizations, including serving as the team physician for Samford University and Spain Park High School, is affiliated with the University of Alabama football team and University of Alabama athletics, SEC Baseball, the Birmingham Barons, and the Birmingham Ballet, and Athletes Without Limits with previous affiliations with Cordova High School, New York Public School football, and New York University and Long Island University athletics.

Dr. Ryan’s research interests include sports medicine and hip preservation, and he has published numerous articles and orthopaedic book chapters on the topics.  He has presented his research at annual orthopaedic conferences, and has been named the recipient of several awards during his career, including the American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society Basic Science Award, the John N. Delahay, MD Award in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery from Georgetown University, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America Resident Scholarship.  Dr. Ryan holds memberships in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, The International Hip Arthroscopy Association, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the Notre Dame Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in preprofessional studies. During his time at Notre Dame, Dr. Ryan and Dr. Rothermich, current Andrews orthopaedic surgeon, became best friends, were roommates, were fortunate enough to attend the same fellowship, and are now living out a long-planned goal of practicing together. Dr. Ryan earned his medical degree from the University of Georgetown School of Medicine. He completed an orthopaedic residency training at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, followed by a sports medicine fellowship with James R. Andrews, MD, E. Lyle Cain, MD, Jeffery R. Dugas, MD, and Benton A. Emblom MD at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, Alabama. Additionally, Dr. Ryan completed a fellowship in hip preservation in Bern, Switzerland, working with some of the world’s pioneers in hip preservation and surgical treatment of hip pathology in adolescents and young adults.

Outside of work, Dr. Ryan serves as a member of the medical review board for Built Lean, a company that promotes balanced fitness and healthy nutritional habits for busy professionals, and acts as the Medical Officer for Athletes Without Limits, helping athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities compete at the highest level. He also enjoys participating in athletic competitions around the world; over the past decade, Dr. Ryan has competed in over ten Olympic distance triathlons, one full Ironman, three half Ironman, and seven marathons, where he twice qualified for the Boston marathon. He also enjoys golf, skiing, fly fishing, and hiking. Dr. Ryan originally hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado, but is thrilled to be living in Birmingham, which he and his wife, Jenny, a California native, and their Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Tagg and Bear, happily call home.


Hip Preservation

Sports Medicine


Hip, Shoulder, Knee & Elbow Surgery

Total Joint Replacement


Hip Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic Labral Reconstruction (Hip)

Endoscopic tendon repairs (Gluteus, Proximal Hamstring)

Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO)

Complex Young-Adult Hip Surgeries

Anterior Total Hip Replacement

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

Arthoscopic Shoulder Stabilization


Hip Arthroscopy Outcomes & Techniques

Hip Instability

Hip Dysplasia

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

Shoulder Instability