Ryan Nunley, MD

Ryan Nunley, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Nunley received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He completed his residency at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Nunley completed a Health Policy Fellowship from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Washington, DC as well as a fellowship in Joint Preservation, Resurfacing and Replacement at Washington University School of Medicine. He is the writer and supervising editor for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons AAOS Now publication column titled “Ahead of the Curve”.

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • All degenerative conditions of the hip and knee
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Failed hip and knee replacements
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip joint labral tears
  • Perthes deformities
  • Pre-arthritic and early arthritic hip disorders

Common Procedures

  • Free Vascularized Fibular Transfer for Hip Avascular Necrosis
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Debridement
  • Hip Osteoplasty
  • Hip Osteotomies
  • Primary and Revision Total Hip Replacement
  • Primary and Revision Total Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
  • Total Hip Resurfacing

Clinical Office Locations

  • Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

    Barnes Jewish Hospital

    4921 Parkview Place

    St Louis, MO 63110

  • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

    969 N. Mason Road, Suite 100

    St. Louis, MO 63141

Hospital Affiliations

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Shriners Hospital for Children
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • Veteran Affairs Medical Center (John Cochran)

Academic Office Mailing Address

  • Washington University School of Medicine

    Campus Box 8233

    660 Euclid Avenue

    Saint Louis, MO 63110

Patient Education

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Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts

Invited Publications

  • Nunley RM, Sharan AD, Genuario J, Mehta S, Ranawat A, There is power in numbers - as well as in knowledge. AAOS Now 2007: 1(1): 55.
  • Covey A, Nunley RM, Mehta S, Kusuma SK, Sharan AD, Genuario J, Musculoskeletal education in medical shcools: Are we making the cut? AAOS Now 2007:1(2): 44-46.
  • Mehta, S, Nunley RM, Jahangir AA, Sharan AD, nanotechnology: From nano to micro to macro. AAOS Now 2007: 1(3): 3-5.
  • Genuario J, Mehta S, Nunley RM, Discrepancy in healthcare utilization: Is more better in orthopaedic surgery? AAOS Now 2007: 1(4): 39.
  • Nunley RM, Sharan AD, Mehta S, Genuario J, Radiology utilization presents referral, payment challenges. AAOS Now 2007: 1(5): 7.
  • Sharan AD, Genuario JW, Mehta S, Nunley RM, Stem cells in orthopaedic surgery. AAOS Now 2007: 1(6).
  • Ranawat A, Nunley RM, Genuario JW, Sharan AD, Mehta S, Current state of the fellowship hiring process: Are we in 1957 or 2007? AAOS Now 2007: 1(8).
  • Nunley RM, Habit-forming: Access to physician prescribing patterns. AAOS Now 2007: 1(9).
  • Kusuma SK, Nunley RM, Mehta S, Genuario JW, Kennedy J, DTCA: Improving patient education or simply increasing pharmaceutical profits? AAOS Now 2007: 1(10).
  • Jahangir AA, Nunley RM, Mehta S, Sharan AD, Bone-graft substitutes in orthopaedic surgery. AAOS Now 2008: 2(1).
  • Sharan AD, Mehta S, Nunley RM, Issues facing America: The uninsured. AAOS Now 2008: 2(2).
  • Nunley RM, Issues facing America: Underinsured patients. AAOS Now 2008: 2(3).
  • Kusuma S, Nunley RM, Covey A, Genuario J, Mehta S, Ahead of the Curve: Issues facing America: Consumer-directed health care. AAOS Now 2008: 2(4).
  • Mehta S, Nunley RM, Issues facing America: Medicaid. AAOS Now 2008: 2(6).
  • Covey A, Mehta S, Nunley RM, Issues facing America: SCHIP. AAOS Now 2008: 2(7).
  • Ranawat A, Nunley RM, Issues facing America: Medicare. AAOS Now 2008: 2(8).
  • Jahangir AA, Nunley RM, Barack Obama: Plan for a healthy America. AAOS Now 2008: 2(10).
  • Flint JH, Nunley RM, John McCain: The straight-talking healthcare express. AAOS Now 2008: 2(10)
  • Jahangir AA, Sethi MK, Thomas A, Sharon AD, Nunley RM. Redefining Health Care in America. AAOS Now 2010: 4(5).
  • Sharon AD, Nunley RM. Where are the Savings in Health Care Reform? AAOS Now 2010: 4(6).
  • Flint JH, Sharan AD, Nunley RM, IPOD, IPAD...IPAB? AAOS Now 2010:4(7).
  • Nunley RM, Sharan AD, Mehta S. Medical Loss ratios...has the bar been set? AAOS Now 2010: 4(9).
  • Hettrich CM, Mather RC, Sethi MK, Nunley RM, Jahangir AA. The cost of defensive medicine. AAOS Now 2010: 4(12).
  • Mather RC, Hettrich C, Nunley RM. Penalties coming under PPACA, PQRI. AAOS Now 2011: 5(1).

Research Interests

Minimal incision joint replacement, image-guided surgery, avascular necrosis, joint replacement outcomes in patients under age 65 years old, and joint preserving treatments for hip dysplasia using osteotomies and hip arthroscopy.

Clinical Interests

Total hip and knee replacement surgery, minimally invasive hip replacement, arthroscopy of the hip, hip labral tears, femoral-acetabular impingement, hip disorders of the adolescent and young adult including hip dysplasia, Perthes deformities, avascular necrosis, and early arthritic hip joint problems.

Background

Dr. Nunley received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He completed his residency at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Nunley completed a Health Policy Fellowship from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Washington, DC as well as a fellowship in Joint Preservation, Resurfacing and Replacement at Washington University School of Medicine. He is the writer and supervising editor for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons AAOS Now publication column titled “Ahead of the Curve”.

Medical Degree

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Residency

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University School of Medicine

Fellowship

  • Joint Preservation, Resurfacing, and Replacement Fellowship, Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine
  • Health Policy Fellowship, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Traveling Fellowship, Hip Society/British Hip Society United Kingdom

Honors and Awards:

  • 2015 - The Mark Coventry, MD Award, Manuscript co-author: Custom Cutting Guides Do Not Improve Total Knee Arthroplasty Clinical Outcomes at 2 Years Follow-up
  • 2015 - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Poster Award Winner at 2015 Annual Meeting: Increased Patient Satisfaction with Mobile Compression Pumps for Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis
  • 2013 - Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Clinical Practice Award, Manuscript: Readmission Following Total Knee Arthroplasty: Venous Thromboembolism as a “Never Event” is a Counterproductive Misnomer
  • 2013 - Washington University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Excellence in Education Award
  • 2013 - Southern Orthopaedic Association (SOA) Poster Award Winner at 2013 Annual Meeting: High Level of Residual Symptoms in Young Patients with Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • 2012 - Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Clinical Practice Award, Manuscript: Pain and Dissatisfaction Following TKA Performed for Early Stage Osteoarthritis
  • 2012 - Hip Society British Traveling Fellowship
  • 2012 - Washington University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Excellence in Education Award
  • 2011 - Harley and Betty Baxter Resident Research Award, mentor and co-author for paper, "Mid Term Survival of head and Liner Exchange Revision for Well-Fixed Acetabular Components: the Effect of Cup Position and Polyethylene Type"
  • 2011 - OREF/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Award, "Return to Sexual Function Following Hip Arthroplasty Surgery"
  • 2011 - Marshall R. Urist Young Investigator Award, The Association of Bone and Join Surgeons, "When to Release Patients to High Impact Activities Following Hip Resurfacing"
  • 2010 - AAHKS Poster Award winner for 2010, "When to Release Patients to High Impact Activities Following Hip Resurfacing"
  • 2010 - Recipient of the Eighth Annual James A. Rand Award for the most outstanding paper in arthroplasty surgery. Abstract entitled "Do Patients Return to Work Following Hip Arthroplasty Surgery."
  • 2010 - Jerome Gilden Distinguished Physician Award (selected by residents)
  • 2009 - Washington University Orthopedic Residency 4.8 Teaching Award
  • 2007 - Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Resident Education Grant Recipient ($2500)
  • 2007 - Washington University Orthopedics Resident Research Award
  • 2007 - Washington University Orthopedics Resident Teacher Award
  • 2006 - American Orthopaedic Association OREF-Zimmer Young Leader Award
  • 2006 - Orthopaedic Research and Education Fund Journal Club Award ($3000)
  • 2006 - Present - American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)
  • 2005 - Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society Induction
  • 2000-2002 - Honors for the Clinical Years, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • 2001 - John B. Graham Research Society Induction, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • 2000 - Southern Medical Association Student Research Grant ($2500)
  • 2000 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury Prevention Research Grant ($2500)
  • 1999 - National Institutes of Health Summer Research Fellowship Grant ($3000)
  • 1997-1998 - Young Alumni Class Officer, Vanderbilt University
  • 1994-1998 - Arts and Science Dean's Honor List, Vanderbilt University

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Dr. Nunley’s Office Locations

Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

Barnes Jewish Hospital

4921 Parkview Place

St Louis, MO 63110

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

969 N. Mason Road, Suite 230

Saint Louis, MO 63141

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