Led and inspired by Dr. Barry Gainor, Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery, the orthopaedic surgery faculty and residents at the University of Missouri have a long and honorable tradition of international volunteer service to medically underserved peoples around the globe.
What started in 1958 as a scholarly newsletter club named the “Orthopaedic Letters Club” evolved in 1985 to “Orthopaedics Overseas” (OO). In the mid-1980s, OO was so successful, it became the founding division of the multi-specialty Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). Dr. Barry Gainor played an integral role in the organization’s evolution. First Gainor served as the Director (1986-1994) of a program in which he recruited orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists to staff the St. Jude Hospital in St. Lucia, West Indies. Next, he served as Chairman of the OO Board (1994-1998) and then Chairman of the Board of Directors of HVO (2000-2003). Dr. Gainor continues his legacy and provides resident travel scholarships for international medical mission trips.