Conditions

  • 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

About

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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    Learn more at the Best Doctors website »

  • 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

Degree

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

Residency

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Fellowship

Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Vail, Colo.

Certifications and Special Training

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

Insurance Information

Insurance policies can vary widely. Please check with your doctor/clinic for specific insurance information before your visit or procedure to avoid unexpected out-of-pocket costs.

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Ratings & Reviews

4.79 out of 5
26 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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    Both the PA and Dr. Mair were very good. I feel as if Dr. Mair listened well, helped me weigh my options, and was willing to work with me in addressing this long-term problem.

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    Terrible. Should get my money back.

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    Dr Mair is a pleasant, efficient DR.

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    Dr Mair is excellent.

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    Just dismissive did not go over mri well at all or listen when I explained prior experience with shoulder
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      Dr. Mair is the only physician I will see for this problem as he did the surgery. He is an excellent physician. He just needs to be provided with an office manager/scheduler that can manage his schedule and quit scheduled 5 patients every 15 minutes.
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      Informative discussion including my plans for the summer in the decision. Review of xrays and plan made
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      Everyone was clean and polite and very informative.
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      *Dr. Mair is the epitome of a doctor with a great "bedside manner."
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      All good. #4. Very informative and patient.
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      Dr Mair is a very good Dr. I have recommended him to several friends
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      I am pleased with Dr. Mair and his entire staff. Start-Finish = excellent
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      *Dr. Mair was excellent.
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      I will recommend Dr. Mair to a friend or family any day
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      Dr Mair and his fellow doctor were both very thorough, considerate, and professional. Thanks!
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      Excellent as always
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      Great place for shoulder care
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      I am impressed by the manner *Dr. Mair works with his entire TEAM, especially the advanced NP & the PT team. As a result, this is one of best places of care @ UKHC!!
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      Conversation with both PA and DR were very acceptable.
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      My care has been exemplary. Dr Mair is great, takes time to listens, and discusses options.
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      Good
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      Discussion was shortened by MY schedule to see another care provider. I would have liked to have had more time to discuss surgery options. This will result in a follow-up discussion on surgery. Dr. Mair was pressed for time in attending to other patients but made time for me on short notice. I greatly appreciate his efforts to see me and accommodate my tight schedule. I was not prepared for the X-Ray portion of the exam which shortened my consultation time. Again, the issue was my poor scheduling.
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      Dr. Mair, while highly rated, showed little to no concern or interest in my medical Issue. When he arrived he looked as if he had just woke up, with his hair and clothes very disheveled and unprofessional. He would not make eye contact with me, and showed very little concern about my issue, having an attitude that made me feel as if he didn't consider my problem to be in fact, a problem. He stayed in the room for a little under 3 minutes, asked one or two questions, did one mobility exercise for my shoulder, then said he would schedule an MRI and quickly left. I stayed in my room for almost 30 minutes, before someone entered and looking puzzled as to why I was still there, told me I was free to leave, that they did not need me for the scheduling of the MRI. That information would have been good to know, as my time is important to me, even if it isn't to UK or the staff there. I was also not advised or asked what days would be best for me to have the MRI, or for that matter, what days the MRI is even done on. That will make it very difficult to continue with my treatment as it is almost a 2 hour drive to Lexington for me, and I work full time.
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      Great as always
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      *Dr. Mair was recommended my a friend. I would would recommend him to anyone that need shoulder surgery.
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      The people are great. There is a problem with over scheduling them