Adrian B. Ryan, MD

Dr. Adrian Ryan is a board-certified sports medicine and joint replacement orthopedic surgeon specializing in the knee, shoulder and hip.

Dr. Ryan was born in Anchorage and raised in Unalakleet, where some of his family still lives. He graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and then attended the University of Washington Medical School. He completed an internship in family medicine at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. His general surgery internship and orthopedic residency were completed at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

Dr. Ryan may be the only Alaska Native orthopedic surgeon in the world. He was a representative for the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, an international organization representing the Inuit people of the Arctic from Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, from 1998 to 2004. He was also a representative for the Indigenous Peoples’ of the North, to the Arctic Council.

His father began their family business, Ryan Air, in 1953. Dr. Ryan began flying at age 14, got his private license at 16, and his commercial license at 18. He was a commercial bush pilot from 1974 to 1982. He still flies frequently, mostly in Alaska and Oregon.

In addition to flying, Dr. Ryan enjoys traditional fly-fishing and salmon fishing. He frequently flies other Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic doctors on fishing trips. His special orthopedic interests are knee and shoulder arthroscopy and total hip and knee replacements.


  • Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy of the Knee and Shoulder
  • Hip and Knee Replacement

Medical Degree

  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Internship / Residency

  • Swedish Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Alaska State Medical Association
  • Alaska State Orthopaedic Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Western Orthopaedic Society

Testimonials for Dr. Ryan

“Dr. Ryan and this office are very genuine and sincere in providing the best care to patients. My experience has been a pleasurable one, and one doesn’t have to wonder if they’re in good hands. There’s an atmospheric vibration of caring and concern for the patients in their care.”

- Omar G.

“Completely satisfied. Dr. Ryan did a beautiful job on my knee replacement, and his warmth and willingness to explain and answer my questions made my experience far better than even I had hoped. I’m looking forward to knee #2 in September!”

- Patricia S.

“Dr. Ryan not only educated me on my surgery but did a fantastic job. I’ve recommended him to several others already.”

- Sharon W.

“He is very thorough and explains options for treatment fully.”

- Marilyn L.

“Dr. Ryan has been wonderful explaining what can be done to help my knee. I now need to have a knee replacement completed. I am confident that Dr. Ryan will complete that with expert care and surgical skill.”

- Debbie P.

“Dr. Ryan is an amazing doctor. I am having a total knee done soon. I can’t wait to feel better and it will all be thanks to Dr. Ryan.”

- Kristi B.

“Dr. Ryan got me in right away after my knee MRI. He gave me a shot of cortisone so I could hike the Chilkoot Trail a week later. He is very professional and a nice guy. He knows his stuff.”

- Mike D.

“Great doctor, great guy.”

- Sharm S.

“I was concerned when arriving at the office! But after meeting with the staff and with Dr. Ryan, I felt very educated about what was happening with my situation.”

- Kevin A.