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Scott D. Mair, MD

Scott D. Mair, MD
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  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine
This provider offers TeleCare
  • Conditions treated

    Rotator cuff tear,  Shoulder instability,  Shoulder labral tear,  Shoulder dislocation,  Shoulder pain,  Biceps tendon injury/pathology,  ACL tear,  Meniscus tear
  • About

    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 and Special Training

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

  • Procedures performed

    • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
    • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
    • Arthroscopic shoulder labral repair
    • Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization
    • Arthroscopic biceps tenodesis
  • Awards & Recognitions

    Best Doctors in America

    The Best Doctors in America is an online resource developed by Best Doctors, Inc. Nationally, only about 5 percent of physicians qualify for this recognition, which is based on impartial peer review. The experts who are part of the Best Doctors in America database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment.

    Learn more at the Best Doctors website »

  • Patient Stories

    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 »

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