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About Us

As part of the Level One Trauma team at the University of Missouri, our staff treats conditions including fractures, dislocations, and severe soft tissue injuries. The most common orthopedic trauma injuries include femoral and tibial shaft fractures, acetabular and pelvic fracures, 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.

Use your mind to protect your body

ThinkFirst Missouri is an award-winning trauma prevention program of the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehab.
North America's 19 Top Traumatologists

toptrauma2015Orthopedics This Week announces their top 19 Traumatologists in North America, among them, our very own co-chief of orthopedic trauma, Dr Gregory Della Rocca.
Expert advice on preventing injuries

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers a large online library with tips for playing it safe, whether you're at home, working, on the playground, or traveling.

The Team Approach

Our surgeons 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.We provide clinic care and surgical care for patients jointly. They alternate weeks that they see patients in clinic, and they coordinate schedules to run at least one trauma operating room five days a week. As these surgeons take a team approach to fracture patient management, a given patient may see one or more surgeons throughout the surgery and recovery phases.


Brian Buck, DO

Orthopaedic Surgery & Orthopaedic Trauma

Interests: Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago; Philiadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Additional Training: Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma, Twin Cities Orthopaedic Tramua Fellowship; Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma, Massachusetts General Hospital; Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma, Berufsgenossenschaftliche Trauma Center Tubingen

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Brett D. Crist, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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 in 1999. He completed his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, in 2004, and a fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of California-Davis in 2005. He joined MU as co-director of Orthopaedic Trauma that year. Dr. Crist specializes in orthopaedic trauma, and hip and pelvis reconstruction including hip arthroscopy, anterior total hip arthroplasty, and young adult hip disorders.

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Mauricio Kfrui

Mauricio Kfuri Jr, MD, PhD

Dr. Kfuri is an associate professor of Orthopedic Surgery who earned his medical degree and Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto Medical School. He has more than 20 years of practice on a comprehensive approach to the knee, which involves fracture care, sports medicine, and reconstructive procedures, like osteotomies and joint replacements. He completed a post-doctorate fellowship sponsored by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Hannover Medical School in Germany and was president of the Brazilian Orthopedic Trauma Association. He is currently the chairperson of AOTrauma Latin America, an organization dedicated to implementing patient care.

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Yvonne Murtha, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery & Orthopaedic Trauma

Interests: Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Trauma Surgery
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City
Residency: Via Christi Regional Medical Center Inc., Wichita
Additional Training: Hennepin County Med Center, Minneapolis

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Michael Robertson, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery & Orthopaedic Trauma

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James P. Stannard, M.D.

James Stannard, MD, is the department chair and Vernon Luck Sr. Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery. 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.

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Dr David Volgas

David Volgas, M.D.

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. Dr. Volgas specializes in orthopaedic trauma.

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  • Jackie Beshears, FNP-BC, APRN
  • Alaina Durk, BSN, RN
  • Jessica Frederick, RN, BSN, CNOR
  • Karen Frink, L.P.N.
  • Angela Ritter, BSN, RN
  • Kristina Stephens, LPN
  • Nichole Wilson, R.N.


Resident physicians

Resident physicians are orthopaedic surgeons in training. They are doctors with medical degrees, having graduated from medical school (and are therefore no longer students. They are training in the field of orthopaedic surgery in anticipation of practicing on their own in the future. Every orthopaedic surgeon in practice today was a resident at some point in his or her career. Resident physicians assist before, and after your operation. Resident physicians are closely supervised as they learn the latest techniques and procedures. They do NOT perform surgeries on their own. Resident physicians also help see patients in clinic and help manage the hospital stay. To learn more about our resident physicians, who rank among the very top of their classes at some of the most prestigious medical schools in the country, follow this link.

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