COLUMBIA, Mo. — Orthopaedic physicians from the Columbia Orthopaedic Group (COG) and the University of Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) today (Friday, Sept. 24) announced plans to develop a sports medicine fellowship program at MU and work collaboratively to treat MU athletes.
James Stannard, M.D., MOI orthopaedic surgeon and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the MU School of Medicine, and Patrick Smith, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon with COG, served as the primary representatives facilitating the agreement.
Smith and Stannard will serve as co-directors of the fellowship program and Smith will be director of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the MU School of Medicine. Smith has served as the designated head team physician for MU athletic teams for the past 19 years and will continue in that role. Stannard will serve as associate head team physician for MU athletic teams.
“This partnership will place an increased emphasis on education and research in the field of sports medicine and improve the care for the athletes at MU,” said Hal Williamson, M.D., vice chancellor of the University of Missouri Health System. “Combining the sports medicine expertise of COG and MOI physicians will enable us to develop a preeminent sports medicine fellowship program and provide comprehensive patient care for our athletes."
“This agreement represents a huge step forward in forging a collegial relationship between our two orthopaedic groups,” said Mark Adams, MD, COG president. “The partnership among the sports medicine specialists will provide two strong fellowship training sites and provide MU athletes with the highest level of care.”
A core group of sports medicine specialists from both physician groups will treat MU athletes. Smith and Stannard, as head team physician and associate head team physician for MU athletes, will assign a team physician to each of the MU athletic teams.
Work will begin immediately to develop the sports medicine fellowship program with the goal of receiving approval from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery by the summer of 2011 and admitting the first fellow into the program by the summer of 2012. A fellow is a licensed physician who has completed an orthopaedic surgery residency program and is seeking additional advanced training in a specialty area.
“The creation of a sports medicine fellowship at MU strengthens the academic reputation of the University of Missouri and positions us to lead the way in advancements in the field of sports medicine,” said MU Chancellor Brady Deaton. .
Columbia Orthopaedic Group is a large, private group practice comprised of 27 physicians. It is located at 1 South Keene St. in Columbia.
The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute has more than 20 orthopaedic physicians, all members of University Physicians, a 450-physician group practice comprised of MU School of Medicine faculty.