Speakers

Mary Ireland, Cale Jacobs, Darren Johnson, Scott Mair, Chaitu Malempati, Austin Stone, Larry Ullery, Richard Watson, Benjamin Wilson

Mary Ireland, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Mary Lloyd Ireland received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. She completed fellowships in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic, Columbus, Ga.

Dr. Ireland is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.

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Cale Jacobs, ATC, PhD

Assistant Professor Research
Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

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Darren Johnson, MD

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
University Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Darren Johnson, MD, is a nationally recognized physician in the field of sports medicine, particularly in complex knee surgery, and has spent the past 25 years caring for orthopaedic patients at UK HealthCare.

Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from the combined University of California, Riverside and University of California, Los Angeles program in biomedical sciences before earning his medical degree from UCLA. After his orthopaedic residency at the University of Southern California, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Freddie H. Fu.

He joined the UK faculty in 1993 and served as the chair of UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine from 2000 to 2018. In addition to his role as a professor, Johnson is also the head orthopaedic surgeon of UK Athletics.

The prevention and treatment of ACL injuries in athletes is one of Johnson’s primary interests. He also enjoys teaching other surgeons, so he travels to national and international meetings as an invited guest speaker on knee injuries.

Johnson has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and he was the former president of Southern Orthopedic Association.

He has published more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts as well as more than 30 book chapters and has edited two textbooks: Clinical Sports Medicine and Reconstructive Knee Surgery.

His outside interests include outdoor activities, particularly fly fishing, hunting, skiing and golf. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, and their three children.

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Scott Mair, MD

Associate Professor, Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr Mair received his MD from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham. He also completed his residency training there. He completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado.

He is a team physician for the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball, Women’s Gymnastics, Women’s Volleyball and Men’s Baseball teams, Kentucky State University Athletics, and the Lexington Horsemen Arena Football team.

special interests include shoulder reconstruction and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, knee, and ankle.

He was named a Best Doctor 2013.

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Chaitu Malempati, DO

Assistant Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

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Austin Stone, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Austin V. Stone is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Physician who enjoys taking care of athletes and active individuals of all ages. Dr. Stone specializes in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine conditions of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He additionally performs complex cartilage restoration and meniscus and cartilage transplantation. He currently serves as a Team Physician for the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Stone’s research is internationally published with expertise in knee and cartilage injuries, patellar instability, return to sport, and treatment of the throwing athlete.

Dr. Stone completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine followed by his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. During his residency, he also completed an orthopaedic research fellowship and obtained a PhD in Molecular Medicine and Translational Sciences specializing in cartilage injury and osteoarthritis. Dr. Stone then completed an Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Stone enjoys being involved in the community and most enjoys time spent with his family.

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Larry Ullery, MS, LAT, ATC

Director, Outreach and Athletic Training Services
Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Rob received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University and his Masters Degree from Ohio University. Rob lives in Lexington with his wife, Nancy, and 2 children, Morgan and Zach. In his spare time, he likes to golf and attend all kinds of sporting events.

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Richard Watson, PT, OCS, SCSC

Supervisor, Physical Therapist
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Richard Watson earned his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Georgia in 1998. He completed his undergraduate education at Auburn University in 1992. He completed board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) since 2004. Watson has also completed advance training in manual therapy hosted by the Medical University of South Carolina School of Physical Therapy earning his manual therapy certification in 2005. Watson completed a certification in dry needling in 2016.

Watson has served as Sports Rehabilitation’s departmental supervisor since 2012. Prior to joining UK HealthCare, he served as Director of Rehabilitation for a multidisciplinary hospital.

Most recently, Watson was part of the group that established the first physical therapy residency program at the University of Kentucky and currently serves as residency mentor. Watson is also currently pursuing his rehabilitation sciences PhD at the University of Kentucky College of Health Science.

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Benjamin Wilson, MD

Assistant Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Benjamin R. Wilson, MD received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine before completing his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University of Kentucky. From there he went to Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School for subspecialty training in Sports Medicine with a focus on the pediatric and adolescent athlete. He specializes in the treatment of bone, joint, and soft tissue injuries and utilizes both open and arthroscopic techniques to allow athletes of all ages to continue performing the activities they enjoy.

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