Scott D. Mair, MD

Clinical interests

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Reconstruction and Replacement
  • Sports Medicine

Scott D. Mair, MD


My name is Scott Mair; I received my medical degree from Duke University, School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. I completed a fellowship at Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Vail, Colo. I am board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.

Personal statement

I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. It's a small town but it has several thousand doctors, and my dad was a pediatrician. Pretty much everybody I knew was a doctor, and it seemed like a cool thing to do.

I chose orthopaedics because of my love of sports. I wasn't a spectacular athlete, but I played a lot of sports and enjoyed being around sports. When I heard about the role of team doctors, it seemed like a good fit for me. I get to work with several of the UK teams, which obviously is a lot of fun.

I mostly treat shoulder problems. I see a lot of young athletes with instability problems and older people with rotator cuff problems and all kinds of other different shoulder abnormalities.

One of the misconceptions people have about rehab is that they'll have to work hard to push through the pain, which obviously, in certain surgeries or certain rehabs is important. But a lot of times it's almost the opposite. Once people start feeling well we have to slow them down because some things take months to heal. Commonly, my younger patients will feel "good as new" rather quickly and start pushing themselves too hard before they've totally healed. So I spend a lot of my time trying to slow people down while they're healing after surgery instead of pushing them like you do with many other surgeries.

There have been so many advancements in technology that have made arthroscopic shoulder surgery so much easier than it was in the past. We are able to see inside joints and give patients better outcomes than they would've had years ago.

Faculty rank

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Duke University, School of Medicine, Durham, N.C.

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Vail, Colo.

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

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  1. Deering SJ, Mair SD, Lattermann C. Treatment options for chronic retracted degenerative rotator cuff tears. Med Sport Sci. 2012;57:153-67.
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  2. Snyder GM, Mair SD, Lattermann C. Tendinopathy of the long head of the biceps. Med Sport Sci. 2012;57:76-89.
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  3. Sciascia A, Kuschinsky N, Nitz AJ, Mair SD, Uhl TL. Electromyographical comparison of four common shoulder exercises in unstable and stable shoulders. Rehabil Res Pract. 2012; 2012:783824. PMID: 22919499.
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  4. Stephenson DR, Hurt JH, Mair SD. Rotator cuff injury as a complication of portal placement for superior labrum anterior-posterior repair. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2012 Oct; 21(10):1316-21. PMID: 22056325.
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  5. Melton C, Mullineaux DR, Mattacola CG, Mair SD, Uhl TL. Reliability of video motion-analysis systems to measure amplitude and velocity of shoulder elevation. J Sport Rehabil. 2011 Nov; 20(4):393-405. PMID: 22012494.
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  6. Stephenson DR, Love S, Garcia GG, Mair SD. Recurrence of an olecranon stress fracture in an elite pitcher after percutaneous internal fixation: a case report. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Jan; 40(1):218-21. PMID: 21937744.
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  7. Ritchie JD, Shaver JC, Anderson RB, Lawrence SJ, Mair SD. Excision of symptomatic nonunions of proximal fifth metatarsal avulsion fractures in elite athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Nov; 39(11):2466-9. PMID: 21841068.
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  8. Cheatham SA, Mair SD. Arthroscopic technique for the evaluation and treatment of posterior shoulder instability. Orthopedics. 2009 Mar; 32(3):194. PMID: 19309054.
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  9. Burris MW, Johnson DL, Mair SD. Management of in-season anterior shoulder dislocation in the amateur athlete. Orthopedics. 2007 May; 30(5):362-4. PMID: 17539207.
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  10. Sassmannshausen G, Sukay M, Mair SD. Broken or dislodged poly-L-lactic acid bioabsorbable tacks in patients after SLAP lesion surgery. Arthroscopy. 2006 Jun; 22(6):615-9. PMID: 16762699.
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  11. Sassmannshausen G, Mair SD, Blazar PE. Rupture of a bifurcated distal biceps tendon. A case report. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2004 Dec; 86-A(12):2737-40. PMID: 15590862.
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  12. Mair SD, Schlegel TF, Gill TJ, Hawkins RJ, Steadman JR. Incidence and location of bone bruises after acute posterior cruciate ligament injury. Am J Sports Med. 2004 Oct-Nov; 32(7):1681-7. PMID: 15494333.
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  13. Mair SD, Uhl TL, Robbe RG, Brindle KA. Physeal changes and range-of-motion differences in the dominant shoulders of skeletally immature baseball players. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2004 Sep-Oct; 13(5):487-91. PMID: 15383802.
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  14. Tetik O, Sumida K, Nyland J, Mair S, Caborn DN. Humeral head articular surface damage due to bioabsorbable tack placement: a case report. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2004 Jul-Aug; 13(4):463-6. PMID: 15220890.
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  15. Mair SD, Isbell WM, Gill TJ, Schlegel TF, Hawkins RJ. Triceps tendon ruptures in professional football players. Am J Sports Med. 2004 Mar; 32(2):431-4. PMID: 14977669.
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  16. Mair SD, Viola RW, Gill TJ, Briggs KK, Hawkins RJ. Can the impingement test predict outcome after arthroscopic subacromial decompression? J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2004 Mar-Apr; 13(2):150-3. PMID: 14997090.
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  17. Glueck DA, Mair SD, Johnson DL. Shoulder instability with absence of the long head of the biceps tendon. Arthroscopy. 2003 Sep; 19(7):787-9. PMID: 12966389.
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  18. Sassmannshausen G, Wilson TC, Mair SD. Operative stabilization of an unstable os acromiale in an adolescent football player. Orthopedics. 2003 May; 26(5):509-11. PMID: 12755216.
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  19. Uhl TL, Carver TJ, Mattacola CG, Mair SD, Nitz AJ. Shoulder musculature activation during upper extremity weight-bearing exercise. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2003 Mar; 33(3):109-17. PMID: 12683686.
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  20. Gill TJ, McIrvin E, Kocher MS, Homa K, Mair SD, Hawkins RJ. The relative importance of acromial morphology and age with respect to rotator cuff pathology. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2002 Jul-Aug; 11(4):327-30. PMID: 12195249.
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  21. Robbe R, Mair S, Johnson D, Madaleno J. Thrombosis of the greater saphenous vein in a collegiate football place kicker. Orthopedics. 2002 May; 25(5):531-2. PMID: 12046914.
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  22. Speer KP, Osbahr DC, Montella BJ, Apple AS, Mair SD. Acromial morphotype in the young asymptomatic athletic shoulder. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2001 Sep-Oct; 10(5):434-7. PMID: 11641700.
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  23. Gill TJ, McIrvin E, Mair SD, Hawkins RJ. Results of biceps tenotomy for treatment of pathology of the long head of the biceps brachii. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2001 May-Jun; 10(3):247-9. PMID: 11408906.
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  24. Viola RW, Steadman JR, Mair SD, Briggs KK, Sterett WI. Anterior cruciate ligament injury incidence among male and female professional alpine skiers. Am J Sports Med. 1999 Nov-Dec; 27(6):792-5. PMID: 10569367.
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  25. Mair SD, Hawkins RJ. Open shoulder instability surgery. Complications. Clin Sports Med. 1999 Oct; 18(4):719-36. PMID: 10553233.
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  26. Mair SD, Zarzour RH, Speer KP. Posterior labral injury in contact athletes. Am J Sports Med. 1998 Nov-Dec; 26(6):753-8. PMID: 9850774.
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  27. Aluisio FV, Mair SD, Hall RL. Plantar fibromatosis: treatment of primary and recurrent lesions and factors associated with recurrence. Foot Ankle Int. 1996 Nov; 17(11):672-8. PMID: 8946181.
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  28. Mair SD, Seaber AV, Glisson RR, Garrett WE. The role of fatigue in susceptibility to acute muscle strain injury. Am J Sports Med. 1996 Mar-Apr; 24(2):137-43. PMID: 8775109.
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  29. Mair SD, Coogan AC, Speer KP, Hall RL. Gout as a source of sesamoid pain. Foot Ankle Int. 1995 Oct; 16(10):613-6. PMID: 8574372.
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  30. Lins RE, Barnes BC, Callaghan JJ, Mair SD, McCollum DE. Evaluation of uncemented total hip arthroplasty in patients with avascular necrosis of the femoral head. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1993 Dec; (297):168-73. PMID: 8242926.
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