Missouri Orthopaedic Institute
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As part of the Level One Trauma team at University of Missouri Health Care, our staff treats conditions including fractures, dislocations, and severe soft tissue injuries. The most common orthopaedic trauma injuries include femoral and tibial shaft fractures, acetabular and pelvic fractures, spinal injuries, and injuries to extremities such as the foot and hand. We work closely with our fellow orthopaedic specialists and physicians from other disciplines to ensure the highest quality of care. We also train the next generation of orthopaedic traumatologists and engage in research to develop innovations that will improve clinical care.

Our trauma physicians are the only fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma surgeons in mid-Missouri and specialize in seeing patients with complex fractures. Our surgeons also treat basic fractures and fractures that do not need surgery. Their clinical and research interests include complex articular fractures (fractures that involve the joints, excluding spine and hand), long bone fractures, pelvic and acetabular (hip socket) fractures, minimally-invasive fracture surgery, and treatment of fracture nonunions and malunions. As our surgeons take a team approach to patient management, you may see one or more surgeons throughout the surgery and recovery phases.

Our orthopaedic trauma team:

Gregory J. Della Rocca, MD, PhD, FACS
Dr. Della Rocca earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and completed a doctoral and medical degree from Duke University. He completed his residency training at Washington University/ Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center .
James P. Stannard, MD
James Stannard, MD, is the medical director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. He earned his medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine, and completed a surgery internship and orthopaedic residency at Brook Army Medical Center, Fort Houston, Texas. He completed an AO trauma fellowship at Kantonspital, Chur, Switzerland. Dr. Stannard specializes in sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma and complex knee injuries.

Brett D. Crist, MD, FACS
After obtaining a bachelor's degree from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, Dr. Crist earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Crist specializes in orthopaedic trauma, and hip and pelvis reconstruction, and young adult hip disorders.

David Volgas, MD
David Volgas, MD, earned his medical degree from University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences. He completed his residency at Eisenhower Medical Center and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Brian Buck, DO
Brian Buck, DO, earned his medical degree from the Chicago College of Ostepathic Medicine. He completed his residencies at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his fellowships at Twin Cities Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship in St. Paul, MN, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, and Berufsgenossenschaftliche Trauma Center Tubingen in Tubingen, Germany.

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