William C. Allen, MD

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.

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 Orthopedic 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 was devoted to his family and is survived by his wife, Kathryn, and their three children, Elizabeth (Ricardo Restrepo), Matthew (Sarah Vernon, MD), and Benjamin (Marguerite “Peggy” Fitch, PhD), and two grandchildren, Lucia and Wynne.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Missouri School of Medicine (please note “Memory of Dr. William Allen” in the memo). Gifts may be sent to the Office of Advancement, One Hospital Drive, DC205.00, Columbia, MO 65212.

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