The University of Missouri Orthopaedic Association was founded in 1980 to support the research endeavors and education of future orthopaedic surgeons in training at University of Missouri Health Care.

Over the years, the association has sponsored a wide array of nationally and internationally known visiting professors and guest lecturers for our residency training program.

The association’s membership includes friends and graduates of our training program who generously donate to underwrite our teaching, research and humanitarian service activities. These donations have funded textbooks for our library, registration and lodging at instructional courses, and travel for podium and poster presentations of clinical and basic research at regional and national meetings for MU medical students and orthopaedic resident physicians.

For more than 40 years, the University of Missouri Orthopaedic Association has been an integral and indispensable asset in sustaining top-quality orthopaedic training in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute.


To foster, promote, support, augment, develop and encourage investigative knowledge of orthopaedics and its many ramifications; to develop and encourage the teaching and education of the same by developing, publishing and copyrighting education materials, and to provide specialized training for orthopaedic surgeons and others; to foster, promote, support, augment, develop and encourage education in allied professions in the recognition, prevention and orthopaedic treatment of diseases, injuries and deformities.

Group photo of Bridging the Gap attendees outside the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute

The University of Missouri Department of Orthopaedic Surgery hosted its second annual "Bridging the Gaps" outreach event on February 10th, 2024. This event was made possible by the support of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Inspiring Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Grant Program, Arthrex, Depuy-Synthes, and the University of Missouri Orthopaedic Association, and the University of Missouri School of Medicine. It was a fun-filled event held at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, welcoming 66 diverse middle and high school students from across the state. The event aimed to provide these students with an opportunity to explore the field of Orthopaedic Surgery and gain a better understanding of pursuing a career in medicine.

During the event, participants had the chance to tour the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, attend physician-led panels and keynote lectures, and engage in hands-on workshops on splinting, external fixation, and sports medicine. Additionally, there was an orthopaedic case discussion where two former patients were invited to share their story.

UMOA 2023 Annual Meeting Minutes

The UMOA annual meeting was held on May 5, 2023. Old and new business items discussed are presented in the meeting minutes.

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President: Julia Nuelle, MD

Julia Nuelle, MD


Vice President-Administration: James Keeney, MD

James Keeney, MD

Vice President-Administration

Vice President-Fiscal: Matthew Smith, MD

Matthew Smith, MD

Vice President-Fiscal

Secretary-Treasurer: James Cook, DVM, PhD

James Cook, DVM, PhD