• Elbow Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder instability
    • Shoulder labral tear
    • Shoulder dislocation
    • Shoulder pain
    • Biceps tendon injury/pathology
    • ACL tear
    • Meniscus tear

Procedures Performed

  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic shoulder labral repair
  • Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization
  • Arthroscopic biceps tenodesis


Personal Statment

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
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    Scott Mair, MD

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  • Awards & Recognitions

    Best Doctors in America

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  • Patient Stories

    Omar Trevino

    "There's no reason to be in pain."

    Omar Trevino’s love of horses has been central to his life—especially as a polo player.

    Over the years, he dealt with plenty of minor injuries due to the intense nature of the sport, but a constant, lingering pain in his left shoulder finally got to be too much. At the insistence of his wife, Omar met with Dr. Scott Mair, who diagnosed Omar with a torn rotator cuff and torn bicep. After minimally invasive surgery that allowed for a shorter recovery time, Omar was able to return to the field, pain free—and he’s playing better than he has in years.

    Read Omar Trevino’s story »

    Travis Johnson

    Back on the mat

    Travis Johnson didn’t mention his shoulder pain to his trainers. The freshman cheerleader didn’t think the pain was a big deal. But when his shoulder fully dislocated during practice, he ended up in so much pain that he couldn’t sleep. The next day he went to UK HealthCare’s Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine clinic, where it was revealed he would need surgery to repair it. Travis missed the rest of the season but stayed committed to getting back on the mat. Now he’s back at full strength with no intention of slowing down.

    Read Travis Johnson’s story »

    Ogechi Anyagaligbo

    Nothing but perseverance

    After being named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Year and transferring to UK, Ogechi Anyagaligbo suffered a season-ending injury. With the help of Dr. Mair, Ogechi was able to return to the court and play two more seasons and end her college basketball career strong.

    Read Ogechi Anyagaligbo’s story »

    Amber Smith

    “What was done for me, I want to do for others”

    For Wildcat and current Assistant Coach for the University of Kentucky Women’s Basketball team, Amber Smith uses her experience as a player and injured athlete to help inspire players to overcome challenges they face.

    Read Amber Smith’s story »

Training & Education


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


Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.


Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Vail, Colo.

Certifications and Special Training

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Insurance Information

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