J. Ryan Cotton, M.D.

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American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certified
Fellowship-Trained and Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon


Dr. J. Ryan Cotton is fellowship-trained and board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has served patients in Florida since 2010. Dr. Cotton joined Orthopaedic Associates in 2022. He offers adult and pediatric patients specialized orthopaedic sports medicine care, including diagnosis and treatment for injuries and conditions of the ankle, elbow, hand, hip, knee, shoulder, and wrist.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, Dr. Cotton earned his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile. He went on to undergo orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville and later completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia.

Dr. Cotton takes great joy in helping relieve pain and restore ability for his patients. He also helps local athletes through volunteer sports medicine coverage for area high school football. In his time apart from providing specialized care, Dr. Cotton is an avid tennis player and also enjoys snowboarding, computers, and scuba diving.

Dr. Cotton is available to see patients at our location in Panama City.



    • Bachelor of Science in Biology: Berry College, Mount Berry, GA, 2000
    • Doctor of Medicine: University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL, 2004

    Surgical Training

    • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL, 2004 – 2009
    • Sports Medicine Fellowship: Hughston Clinic, Columbus, GA, 2009 – 2010

    Surgical Interests

    • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    • Shoulder
    • Knee
    • Wrist
    • Hand
    • Elbow
    • Hip
    • Ankle

    Professional Affiliations

    • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
    • Florida Orthopaedic Society