Dr. Thomas Ryan
The Face of Orthopedics

Dr. Thomas Ryan grew up in Jefferson City and returned as an orthopedist to practice with SSM Health Medical Group.  

“I returned to my hometown because I have such fond memories of St. Mary’s Hospital,” he says. “My father was an orthopedic surgeon here, and my mom was very involved with the auxiliary. Now, it’s my turn to serve this community.”

Dr. Ryan earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the University of Health Science — Kansas City. He completed an  internship and residency in orthopedics at Flint Osteopathic Hospital in Michigan and is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

A highly experienced orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ryan provides the full spectrum of expert orthopedic care. He holds a special interest, knowledge, and experience in joint replacements for hips, knees, and shoulders. He not only provides excellent medical care to patients, but is an outstanding mentor and trusted advisor as the orthopedic program continues to grow at SSM Health. Patients frequently comment about Dr. Ryan’s excellent bedside manner and his ability to explain their condition and treatment thoroughly.

Dr. Ryan moved to Jefferson  City as a boy when his father finished his career in the Air Force. The family transferred to this community, and his father set up an orthopedic practice in 1967.

“My father was the first surgeon to do a total joint replacement at St. Mary’s Hospital,” Dr. Ryan says.

His mother, a nurse, became active with St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary and worked with others to raise funds to purchase the first ambulance for the hospital. Both of his parents are memorialized on the Physician Honor Wall and the historical wall on the garden level at St. Mary’s Hospital, and Dr. Ryan is thrilled to be following in his parent’s footsteps.

“I’ve always liked to fix things, and  that is what is special about orthopedics,” he says. “One of the main reasons I wanted to be a physician, and  specifically went into orthopedics, is  because I can help patients with a particular problem, make them feel better,  and make their life more functional.”

Dr. Ryan does procedures and surgeries at St. Mary’s Hospital. His office is in the Multi Specialty Clinic in the Health Plaza at St. Mary’s Hospital.


Thomas Ryan, DO, is a highly experienced
Orthopedic Surgeon with SSM Health Medical Group.

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