Orthopaedic Surgery

About Orthopaedic Surgery at UMKC


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery addresses the musculoskeletal health needs of Kansas City, the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, Missouri, and the midwest through training future orthopaedic surgeons and engaging in research, leadership roles, and scholarly activities.

  • Provide state-of-the-art, cost-effective orthopaedic care to our patients.
  • Foster an academic environment for our faculty, residents, and medical students.
  • Support research, leadership roles, and scholarly activities in our faculty.
  • Provide for the training of UMKC Orthopaedic Surgery residents.
  • Provide musculskeletal education to UMKC medical students.

Community engagement is a priority of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is a sought after site of training in orthopaedic surgery for graduates of schools of health sciences in Missouri, Kansas, and the surrounding states. The treatment, training and research programs are innovative, evidence-based and inclusive of all health care disciplines. These programs address the musculoskeletal health needs of a culturally diverse population within the region.


Orthopaedic Surgery is a discipline of surgery that is concerned with the axial and appendicular skeleton and its related structures. There are various subspecialties or subdivisions of orthopaedic surgery, including fractures, arthritides, soft tissue processes, tumors, metabolic conditions, congenital and acquired conditions. The Department seeks to provide an environment conducive to learning, patient care, and scholarly activities for its residents and faculty members.

  1. To provide excellent musculoskeletal medical and surgical care to all patients in need of such care at Truman Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute.
  2. To treat all patients with empathic respect for their right to safety, dignity, and confidentiality.
  3. To develop the knowledge base and skills of residents who have chosen a career path in orthopaedic surgery so that they can be safe, effective, and empathetic orthopaedic surgeons.
  4. To teach medical students the basics of musculoskeletal medicine and orthopaedic surgery.
  5. To provide orthopaedic surgeons and fellow physicians in all fields with continuing education in the field of orthopaedic surgery.
  6. To contribute to the current body of knowledge in the field of orthopaedic surgery through innovative and ethical research, leadership positions, and other scholarly activities.