Dr. J. Ryan Macdonell is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who joined Asheville Orthopaedic Associates in 2020. He specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of arthritis and chronic joint pain of the hip and knee. He uses the most advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures, including the anterior approach for total hip replacement, which allows for faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays. Dr. Macdonell performs computer-navigated and robotically- assisted total knee replacement as well. In addition, he has undergone advanced training and has expertise in revision hip and knee replacement. His philosophy of care is to return people with joint pain to active fulfilling lives with both non-operative and operative interventions.
Dr. Macdonell received his medical education at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also completed an internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopedic surgery. He then completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction at the University of Virginia. Dr. Macdonell is highly skilled and extensively experienced, and prior to joining Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, practiced in Olney, MD and Washington, DC with the Medstar Georgetown Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
In addition to providing patient care, Dr. Macdonell is an accomplished researcher. He has contributed to numerous peer reviewed journals, publications, book chapters and lectures, and has presented both nationally and internationally at some of the most esteemed symposiums in the world. He has held several leadership positions, serving as the Chief of Joint Surgery, as well as the Orthopaedic Surgery Peer Review Committee Chairman at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center.
In his free time, Dr. Macdonell enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the beauty of western North Carolina.
Education & Training
Medical Education, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital
Fellowship, Adult Reconstructive Surgery, University of Virginia
Certifications and Affiliations
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons