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Maria C. Ryan, MD

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Family Medicine, Board Certified Sports Medicine Fellowship Sports Medicine Subspeciality Certification

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Areas of Focus

Foot & Ankle Care
Hand & Wrist Care
Hip Care
Knee Care
Pediatric Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Concussion
Sports Medicine

Maria C. Ryan, MD

Practice Overview

Dr. Ryan grew up on her family grain farm just outside of Marshall, MN. She grew up playing multiple sports and this fueled her passion to pursue a career helping people stay active and healthy. She attended the College of St. Benedict obtaining an undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Sports Medicine before going on to medical school at the University of Minnesota Duluth and University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She completed Family Medicine residency at the University of Minnesota Methodist and then moved out east to complete a one year Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Connecticut where she enjoyed watching the men’s and women’s basketball teams win NCAA championships.

During fellowship at UConn, Dr. Ryan was fortunate to experience a broad range of sports medicine training including caring for the Division 1 athletes and WNBA Connecticut Sun players. She was also able to volunteer at the Lake Placid Iron Man medical tent, the Boston Marathon medical tent and Lake Placid Whiteface Mountain medical triage unit. During her time at UConn she trained with some of the top sports medicine providers in the country and learned valuable skills that she was able to bring back to Minnesota where she works to keep her patients as active and pain free as possible.

Dr. Ryan is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health where she works with medical students and residents teaching sports medicine. For 3 years she was also the co-medical director of the North Star Grand Prix Bicycle Festival which is a 5 day, 5 city elite cycling event. She was the team physician for St. Louis Park High School for several years. She continues to be a volunteer physician with the Minnesota State High School League and Twin Cities Marathon. She also volunteers in medical tents for many local races and events.

In her free time, Dr. Ryan enjoys spending time with friends and family including her young twins as well as participating in all the sports and culture Minnesota has to offer. She especially enjoys basketball, volleyball, golf, running, and skiing (both water and downhill).

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Clinical Interest

Treats non-operative conditions in the following areas:

Foot care

Ankle care

Hand care

Wrist care

Elbow care

Shoulder care

Hip care

Knee care

Pediatric care

Spine and neck care

Sports medicine

Family medicine

Ultrasound guided procedures, including platelet rich plasma (PRP) intra-articular joint steroid Injections, and intra-articular hyaluronic acid injections


Board Certified, American Board of Family Medicine
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine

Fellowship in Sports Medicine from the University of Connecticut

University of Minnesota – Methodist, Family Medicine Residency in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Maple Grove Hospital
Minnetonka Medical Center
North Memorial Medical Center

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Family Physicians
American College of Sports Medicine
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
Minnesota Medical Association
American Medical Association

Achievements & Awards

Gold Humanism Society Member (2009, 2010)
Avera Medical Student Scholarship (2008)
ACMC Scholarship (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Stillwell Scholarship (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Alpha Epsilon Iota Scholarship (2008)

Educational Affiliations

University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health – Adjunct Professor

Sports Affiliations

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Minnesota State High School League’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee
Twin Cities Marathon – Volunteer Physician
Minnesota State High School League – Volunteer Physician
Medical Director of North Star Grand Prix Bicycle Festival
Schwan’s Cup – National Sports Center


Danielle B.
Sports Medicine Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

August 7, 2023

Charlie C.

I want to extend a thank you to Dr. Ryan and her care team. I really appreciated that she took the time to understand my problem, her eagerness to help, and her overall demeanor. Truthfully, it was one of the best in-clinic experiences I have ever had!

February 24, 2022

Melissa S.

Lindsey Brown, ATC evaluated our 15 year old son who was concussed while wrestling at a high school tournament. She spent a great deal of time with us and her genuine concern for his well-being was not just apparent during his visit, but included several calls to follow-up regarding his progress. Lindsey’s knowledge, thoroughness, warmth, along with consultations with Dr. Ryan and the High School ATC, helped ease our concerns tremendously. We highly recommend Lindsey and Dr. Ryan and appreciate them greatly!

October 26, 2021

Lisa N.

I want to give a huge shout out to Dr. Maria Ryan! She was so thorough and took her time trying to figure out where my pain and issues were coming from. I knew she genuinely cared about me and wanted to help me feel better. She listened to me, she asked questions, and then came up with a plan. I never felt rushed. Dr. Ryan is so kind and truly cares about her patients well-being. I would highly recommend her!! Thank you for your kindness, knowledge and professional advice.

September 28, 2021

John F.

I had been having pain in my right hip and left knee that was not subsiding. My family doctor referred me to Dr. Ryan for further evaluation. I am more than impressed with Dr. Ryan and her logical, pragmatic approach to determining not only the cause of the pain but also how to manage it going forward. She was very easy to talk to and offered a number of options for treatment. After the first appointment I felt like I have known Dr. Ryan for years. I cannot say enough about how good she is to work with and would highly recommend Dr. Ryan when seeking a solution to your knee and hip issues.

April 15, 2021


Dr. Ryan was incredible! She listened to my concerns and was able to diagnose issues that no one else could diagnose. She was very thorough and thoughtful in discussing options.

February 25, 2020

Kathy W.

Dr. Ryan was so wonderful. I hardly felt the injections. Very personable and caring. She explained other options for my osteoarthritis in several of my joints. I made another appointment with her for other areas bothering me.

June 1, 2018


Dr. Ryan is absolutely outstanding! We were so pleased with our recent visit! She took time and really listened to our concerns. She engaged and cared enough to get to the bottom of issues. She made an action plan and showed respect for my daughter’s pain and desire to get back to competing. She is extremely knowledgeable and clearly explained everything! We will travel the 4 hour trip to see her for all our medical needs because she is worth it! Hands down one of the best doctors we have ever seen! We are so pleased and so impressed! So grateful and finally feel like things are going to get resolved! We have real hope….thanks to Dr. Maria Ryan.

February 9, 2018


After 3 months of unsatisfying care through other referrals and recommendations, I asked Dr. Prebonich of North Memorial, my care provider for several years, who HE thought could help me. Dr. Ryan was his choice. She is ABSOLUTELY wonderful in every way. She listens and she articulately shares her thoughts. Her compassion for my needs seriously seems divine. Dr. Ryan’s clinical assistant, Ashley Rockey, is held equally as spectacular. If it’s Olympic style care you desire, CALL Dr. Ryan.

July 21, 2017

Ginny T.

Dear Dr. Ryan,

I was so grateful for all that you did for my mother, Carol, yesterday, that I felt compelled to write a note to thank you.

I just finished reading Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal, and I think the stories in that wonderful book heightened my awareness of how important doctors can be in improving and maintaining quality of life for us as we age or face significant illness. Doctors can also steer us wrong or fail to provide us wise counsel or understanding.

I so appreciated your approach with my mother. I saw you demonstrate gracious listening; empathy, compassion, and warmth; respect for her dignity and clear, practical, and thorough communication about her condition and potential alleviation of her symptoms.

Thanks, too, for going the extra mile to talk with Carmen S. right away and give us the notes of our visit.

Mom is feeling a little better so far, and we’ll hope that upward slope continues at full speed.

May you find continued success in your career of helping people maintain and improve their enjoyment of an active life.

May 19, 2017

Patti F.

Dr. Ryan was amazingly helpful and thorough. I’ve been to several orthopedic specialists at other clinics and found that they didn’t take time to listen to what was going on, or didn’t take me seriously because I wasn’t an athlete. But Dr. Ryan took the time to really pay attention to what was going on. She was mindful that I’d had back surgery, but quickly recognized that the pain actually was in my foot and not a nerve pain coming from my back. She prescribed some easy-to-do treatments and less than a week later, the pain is in control and will just continue to improve.

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