Michael K. Ryan, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He specializes in sports medicine surgery, 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 is a founding member of The Hip Center at Andrews Sports Medicine. In this capacity, he primarily focuses on treating patients with non-arthritic/preservation hip injuries, disorders and diseases.
In addition, Dr. Ryan is one of only two orthopaedic surgeons in Birmingham, Alabama who has been extensively trained to utilize Zimmer Biomet's ROSA® Robotic Knee System for total knee replacements.
Dr. Ryan brings extensive sports medicine experience having acted as a member of the medical teams for various institutions and organizations. Dr. Ryan currently serves as team physician for the Birmingham Squadron (NBA G League), Samford University, Spain Park High School, Mortimer-Jordan High School and Pleasant Grove High School. He previously provided on-site medical coverage for the University of Alabama football team and University of Alabama athletics, SEC Baseball Tournament, Birmingham Barons, Birmingham Ballet, Cordova High School, Athletes Without Limits, 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, 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, and was roommates with Dr. Marcus A. Rothermich also an orthopaedic surgeon at Andrews Sports Medicine. 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. He also enjoys participating in athletic competitions around the world; over the past decade, Dr. Ryan has competed in more than ten Olympic distance triathlons, one full Ironman, two 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, their young daughter, Vaughn, and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Tagg, happily call home.
Hip Preservation Fellowship:
Inselspital Bern University Hospital (Bern, Switzerland)
Sports Medicine Fellowship:
American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) - (Birmingham, AL)
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency:
New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases (New York, NY)
Georgetown University School of Medicine (Washington, D.C.)
University of Notre Dame – Bachelor’s degree in Preprofessional Studies (South Bend, IN)
Dr. Ryan explained that due to me being so young that the goal of his care was hip preservation, a type of surgical intervention that delays or prevents the onset of arthritis and, later, the need for a hip replacement. He also explained that the process was going to be a long-term commitment by both of us.
Dr. Ryan performed my initial hip surgery soon after the COVID-19 pandemic started. He and his staff were phenomenal! They are basically like family now. I had 4 hip surgeries over the course of 2 years.
Laura Likis | Birmingham, AL
I had a follow up appointment with Dr. Ryan, and he knew it was getting close to time that I would need surgery, but I was still pretty naïve. Dr. Ryan knew I wanted to play professional soccer, so he explained to me that hip arthroscopy surgery would be the best option before I continued my career. At the end of our season, we were playing to go to the sweet sixteen in the NCCA tournament. We lost in penalty kicks, and I knew if we had of played one more game, my hips would have given out on me.
Alyssa Frazier | Towanda, Illinois
For about 10 years, I can recall experiencing aches in my right hip. The discomfort would come on and off for unexplained reasons. I had even thought that at some point I might have over used that part of my body to result in the discomfort.
In 2018, my job transferred me to another state. While packing for the move, my hip became extremely sore with certain range of motion. It seemed that simple positions began to cause pain in my hip. This included tying my shoe, other normal activity and bending my hip and knee in a kneeling position.
Joe Smith | Millbrook, AL
I’m very active, and I like to work out 3-4 times a week; however, my hip pain began to increase to the point I was in tears, and I became miserable. I was finally able to get an MRI and it was discovered that I had a labral tear, resulting from hip impingement, with both cam and pincer deformities.
Ashley Holden | Madison, AL
At my appointment with Dr. Michael Ryan, he shared with me that I had torn my labrum. He recommended that I have a hip arthroscopy and labral repair. Dr. Ryan explained the procedure in detail. Before I even told him I was a previous dancer, he said he could tell because it was normal for dancers to experience this condition gradually over time.
Katy Neill | Vestavia Hills, AL
Leadership in Athletics:
- Team Physician, Public School Athletic League (PSAL) H.S. football medical team
- Medical Team, Alvin Ailey American Dance Company
- Team Physician, New York University Athletics- Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball
- Team Physician, Long Island University- Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Volleyball
- Team Physician, NCAA Northeast Regional Championship, Fencing
- Associate Team Physician, University of Alabama Football
- Associate Team Physician, Cordova High School Football, Alabama
- Associate Team Physician, Birmingham Barons Professional Baseball
- Associate Team Physician, Birmingham Ballet
- Team Physician, Athletes Without Limits
- Team Physician, Spain Park High School
- Team Physician, Samford University
- Consultant Physician, Virtus
- Team Physician, Mortimer Jordan High School
- Team Physician, Pleasant Grove High School
- Team Physician, Birmingham Squadron, NBA G League