MOI Hosts Inaugural "Bridging the Gap" Outreach Event

Bridging the Gap meetingThe University of Missouri Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and School of Medicine partnered to host the first annual "Bridging the Gap" outreach event on February 25, 2023. This fun-filled event allowed a diverse group of 51 middle- and high-school students from across Missouri to explore what it's like to be an Orthopaedic Surgeon and gain a better understanding of how to pursue a career in medicine. Participants toured the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, listened to physician-led panels and keynote lectures, and engaged in hands-on splinting, knee model, and tibial plateau fracture reduction workshops. This event was supported by Depuy-Synthes and Arthrex.

The Bridging the Gaps Outreach Day received the "Outstanding Diversity/Multicultural Program of the Year Award" given by the MU Office of Student Engagement. 

Bridging the Gap event


Bridging the Gap event

Oladeji Named Top Presenter at Midwest OREF Research Symposia

Dr. Lasun Oladeji,
Dr. Lasun Oladeji

Dr. Lasun Oladeji, Year 2 Resident Physician and PhD candidate, earned a top presenter award at the 2021 Midwest Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Resident Research Symposia.

The regional event provides residents an opportunity to socialize and network with their peers while sharing their research projects. Oladeji presented his research titled “Validating the Safety of a Hyperosmolar Saline Irrigation Fluid in Arthroscopic Knee Surgery.”


Oladeji Recipient of Littlejohn Legacy Research Award

Dr. Lasun Oladeji, Year 2 Resident Physician and PhD candidate, received the Littlejohn Legacy Research Award at this year’s Comparative Orthopaedics Day.

Dr. Lasun Oladeji Received Littlejohn Legacy Award
Left: Dr. Lasun Oladeji and Mrs. Marilyn Littlejohn Right: Dr. Oladeji presents at Comparative Orthopaedics Day

After receiving the award, Oladeji presented his team’s research about the use of hyperosmolar saline during arthroscopy. Results of the work suggest that hyperosmolar saline irrigation fluid may provide a safe alternative to standard isotonic saline irrigation fluid and could improve inflammatory responses after standard-of-care knee arthroscopy.

The Littlejohn Legacy Award was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Robert Littlejohn and support orthopaedic learners in pursuit of advances that change health care for the better.

Congratulations, Dr. Oladeji!

MOI Comparative Orthopaedics Day 2021

Dr. Lewis Zirkle
Dr. Lewis Zirkle

Our 21st Annual Comparative Orthopaedics Day at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute held on April 16, 2021, was another outstanding event! Dr. Lewis Zirkle shared his work to create the SIGN Fracture Care International program during the Littlejohn Family keynote address titled “Creating Equality of Fracture Care Throughout the World.”

The keynote was followed by a series of faculty and trainee research presentations about Mizzou BioJoint, the MU Joint Health Program, biomarkers to identify hip dysplasia, vertebral body tethering, telehealth in clinical care, and physical therapy after lumbar spine surgery.

CO Day Presenters
Eight trainees, including PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents presented at CO Day. Left: Lasun Oladeji, Year 2 Resident Physician and PhD candidate. Middle: Melanie Boeyer, Postdoctoral Fellow. Right: Blaine Manning, Year 3 Resident Physician.

Due to Covid-19, many attendants watched presentations live via Zoom. Fortunately, Mrs. Marilyn Littlejohn was able to safely attend in person.

UMOA 2021 Updates and Dues Invoice Letter

Read about updates to UMOA research and education funding in the 2021 updates and dues invoice letter.

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Alumnus Dr. Satterlee Named Chair of AAOS Board of Specialty Societies

Charles Craig Satterlee, MD, FAAOS
Charles Craig Satterlee, MD, FAAOS

Charles Craig Satterlee, MD, FAAOS, a 1987 Mizzou Orthopaedics graduate, was named chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s (AAOS) Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) on March 30, 2020. The BOS serves as an advisory entity to the AAOS Board of Directors and promotes unity and collaboration between specialty societies and the Academy. It brings together the leaders of musculoskeletal societies to address advocacy, continuing medical education, research, and residency and fellowship issues.

Dr. Satterlee serves as president of Orthopaedic Health of Kansas City and specializes in injuries of the shoulder and elbow. He received his medical degree and orthopaedic training from MU and was the senior Anne C. Kane Fellow in shoulder and elbow surgery at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Congratulations, Dr. Satterlee!

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UMOA 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes

The UMOA annual meeting was held on April 25, 2019. Old and new business items discussed are presented in the meeting minutes. 

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Dr. Gainor Earns Inaugural Paul W. Brand Award

Dr. Gainor and Dr. Milan Stevanovic
Dr. Gainor is congratulated by Dr. Milan Stevanovic, director of the Boyes Hand Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Southern California, after receiving the award.

After presenting his experiences in “Orthopaedics Overseas: 1985-2017” at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in San Francisco on September 8, 2017, Dr. Barry Gainor was conferred the inaugural Paul W. Brand Award. Dr. Brand (1914-2003) was a revered author, educator, and master hand surgeon who devoted his life to the care of patients with Hansen`s Disease (leprosy).

Dr. Gainor
Dr. Gainor awards Dr. Brand the OO Humanitarian Award during the February 1996 AAOS meeting.

Dr. Gainor is a founding member of Health Volunteers Overseas and has volunteered his services on many occasions in St. Lucia and Peru. He served on the HVO Board for 10 years, six of which he was Chair and Chair Emeritus. He has also served as Chair of Orthopaedics Overseas Board. In that capacity, he was very pleased to present Dr. Brand with OO’s Humanitarian Award in 1996, so it was a unique honor to receive the inaugural 2017 ASSH award, Dr. Gainor said.

As past Chairman of the Boards of Orthopaedics Overseas and later Health Volunteers Overseas, Barry says, “Doctors who volunteer service in resource poor countries are the best ambassadors that the USA can send abroad. They dispel myths and dismantle prejudices in a world afflicted with intolerance, disease, and injury. These generous physicians are the best of the best.”

Dr. Gainor 1996 AAOS meeting
Dr. Gainor and Dr. Brand with ASSH members Chuck Jennings and Bob Derkash during the 1996 AAOS meeting.

A Note From Dr. Stannard after the Passing of Dr. Allen

Allen-Mayor group


September 14, 2016 — It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William C. Allen, MD, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. The Allen Family will hold a private service at a later date.

Dr. Allen graduated from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, was a resident at Stanford University, completed a biomechanics fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, and served in the US Army Medical Corps. He was board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1968.

Dr Allen
Dr. Allen

Coming from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he served as the Director of the residency program, Dr. Allen joined the faculty at MU in late 1976 as Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. He was a much respected, greatly admired, and critical figure in the foundation and history of our department where he served as Chair for 22 years. His focus included biomaterials, biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system, intra-articular meniscal suture techniques, joint replacement, and sports medicine. Dr. Allen was a co-founder of the University of Missouri Orthopaedic Association in 1980 which supports resident research and education and humanitarian activities. During his tenure, he was a founding member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and served as President of the AOSSM in 1984-1985. He hosted an international sports medicine symposium in 1985 at MU featuring the AOSSM European Traveling Sports Medicine Fellows. The AOSSM honored Dr. Allen as the Godfather of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Pacific Rim Traveling Fellows in 1997 and as Mr. Sports Medicine in 2004. He was also one of the organizers of the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association and served as president of the MAOA in 1991-1992. He was affectionately called the “Czar of Education” by the MAOA board members because of his love of education and of teaching residents.

Dr. Allen has been honored with numerous awards and honorary memberships through the years, and he generously established an annual lectureship in 1996. Dr. Jimi Cook, our department’s research director, has been graciously endowed by Dr. Allen since 2004 and is the William & Kathryn Allen Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Allen will be greatly missed by our department. He will be remembered for his leadership, exemplary service and dedication to patient care.


James P. Stannard, MD
J. Vernon Luck Sr. Distinguished Professor and Chairman
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Director, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute