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Ireland MD

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Mary Lloyd Ireland, MD: A Brief Biographical Sketch

Mary Lloyd Ireland, MD is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Full Clinical Professor in the University of Kentucky's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis. Her Orthopedic residency was at the University of California, Irvine. She did two fellowships in Sports Medicine: Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic in Columbus, Georgia.

She founded the Active Women’s Health Initiative through the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 2018. She is the Co-Director of this Initiative with the mission of Optimizing health and promote physical activity and wellness for girls and women across the lifespan. The “Girls Can” initiative was started in 2019.
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She is a philanthropist creating the James E Ireland Foundation in 1994. (

She is an advocate for women in professional and athletic arenas. She is a staunch supporter of resident education and shows expertise and skills in caring for patients. She has lectured extensively. (

Dr. Ireland served as Team Physician for EKU for 18 years and Team Physician for the University of Kentucky for 11 years. She served as Medical Coordinator and Head Physician for the Bluegrass State Games for 11 years.

She was honored to serve in the US Olympic Sports Medicine program for numerous teams. She was the Head Physician at the Olympic Sports Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1990 and served Medical Staff Member at the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain in 1992.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American College of Sports Medicine. She is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, and an affiliate member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Dr. Ireland served on the Kentucky Medical Association's Committee on School Health, Physical Education, and Medical Aspect of Sports for the past 33 years. She has been a member of Kentucky State Advisory Council on Athletic Trainers since 1992.

Dr. Ireland has published 45 chapters and 65 articles in peer reviewed journals. She is co-editor of The Female Athlete (Saunders 2002) and editor of the AAOS Instructional Course Lectures - Sports Medicine, published (2005). She is involved in numerous endeavors regarding gender differences, injury patterns, treatment and prevention of injuries of the knee and shoulder.

Dr. Ireland was named Southeast Athletic Trainer's Association (SEATA) Sports Medicine Person of the Year in 1997 and was the recipient of President's Challenge Award for National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) in 1998.

Dr. Ireland is a member of many professional societies and participates in various capacities on a regular basis.

Her professional society memberships include:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American College of Sports Medicine, Fellow
American Orthopaedic Association
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Medical Association
American Sports Medicine Institute
ACL Study Group
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Fayette County Medical Association
Herodicus Society
The Hughston Society
Kentucky Medical Association
National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc.
The Orthopaedic Guild
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society

Dr. Ireland serves on the editorial board or reviewer for numerous journals including:
Journal of Sport Rehabilitation,
American Journal of Sports Medicine
Journal of Athletic Training
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine
ACSM Current Sports Medicine Reports
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


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