Current News

June 9, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that I write to inform the orthopaedic community of MSOA Director Dr. Mark Bernhardt's unexpected passing away on April 30, 2020 at the age 62.

To his residents, and faculty he was our medical "Big Daddy." We at UMKC have lost an incredible mentor, friend, educator, and physician.

His leadership helped our department and residency program in innumerable ways, and his steady guidance helped us all grow as physicians and people.

--Akin Cil, MD

March 3, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. David Merriman who was re-elected at the General Membership Meeting as MSOA President, Dr. Matthew Dobbs who was re-elected MSOA Treasurer and Dr. Jonathan Dubin who was re-elected as MSOA Secretary. Congratulations to Dr. John Anderson who was re-elected as a Member–at-Large and to Dr. Jason Koreckij who was elected as a new Member-at-Large.

February 29, 2020

Thank you to our 2020 Program co-chairs, Sebastien Lalonde, M.D. and Kyle Schweser, M.D. of Missouri Orthopaedic Institute for your work developing such an impressive scientific program at our Annual Meeting and to all of our outstanding speakers.

February 17, 2019

Congratulations to David Merriman, M.D. who was elected President of MSOA , James Keeney, M.D. elected President-elect and to August Ritter, M.D. and Mark Bernhardt, M.D. for their election as Members at Large.

February 17, 2019

Thank you to Ryan Nunley, M.D. for his outstanding service as MSOA President from 2017-2019. Many thanks to Greg Della Rocca, M.D. for his tireless work as the 2019 Annual Meeting Program Chair and to all of our speakers for such an outstanding program.

June 13, 2018

MSOA members Dr. Akin Cil, Dr. James Keeney, Dr. Lukas Zebala, Dr. Dirk Alander, Dr. John Powell, and Dr. Brian Fissell visit with Missouri Congressional members in Washington D.C.

May 22, 2018

MSOA member Jay Bridgeman, MD featured in "Limb Preservation Center saves New Haven man’s arm after crash"


JANUARY 22, 2018

Nominations for the AAOS Board of Councilors

Nominations are now being accepted for the election of an MSOA member to the AAOS Board of Councilors.

The term of BOC Member and MSOA Past President Doug Kiburz, MD on the AAOS Board of Councilors will expire in March 2018. Dr. Kiburz has served two terms and is not eligible for re-election.  MSOA is grateful for Dr. Kiburz' service on behalf of Orthopaedic physicians in Missouri and the nation.

Councilors reflect the concerns and needs of MSOA members to the Board of Councilors and the AAOS leadership. Councilors to the AAOS are elected for a term of three (3) years, with one (1) re-election for a total of six years of service as AAOS Councilor. The Councilor is required to attend the three (3) Board of Councilors meetings held each year at a place determined by the AAOS. The Councilor is also a member of the MSOA Board of Directors which meets once each year at the Annual Meeting and once by telephone.


Any member of the Missouri State Orthopaedic Association in good standing may nominate and vote in the BOC elections. Nominees to the Board of Councilors must be members active in the MSOA. The nominee must be a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Nominations must be received by MSOA in writing no later than Friday, February 2, 2018.

Official ballots with the names of nominees will be emailed to all MSOA Members on Monday, February 5, 2018. A reminder to vote will be emailed on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Ballots must be received by mail, email, or facsimile no later than Monday, February 12, 2018. Ballots received by MSOA are retained for inspection by any member upon request.

Nominations should be in the form of a letter or email stating how the member has been active in the Missouri State Orthopaedic Association and why the nominee should be considered a candidate for the BOC.

Please send your nominations to MSOA by emailing MSOA Director Brian Treece or by faxing your nomination to 573-761-0449.

November 7, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Munish Gupta of Washington University Orthopedic Spine who won the Louis A. Goldstein Best Clinical Research Poster Award at the 52nd Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting and Course in Philadelphia September 6-9, 2017.

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September 12, 2017

Dr. Barry Gainor is congratulated by Dr. Milan Stevanovic on his receipt of the inaugural Paul W. Brand Award at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand meeting on September 8, 2017.

August 16, 2017

Please join Munish Gupta, M.D. and co-chair Neil Wright, Neurosurgery, to this year's Comprehensive Spine Conference at Washington University on September 15-16, 2017. The course offers 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

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March 7, 2017

Dr. Munish Gupta is serving as co-chair of Spine Masters' Surgical Techniques May 18-20, 2017 at Washington University

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August 29, 2016

MSOA member Munish Gupta, M.D. is serving as the Course Chair for the upcoming Comprehensive Spine Care Conference at Washington University.

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May 10, 2016

Robert Brophy, MD"s research article, "Changes in Transcriptome-Wide Gene Expression of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears Based on Time From Injury” published in Journal of Sports Medicine.

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February 23, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. James Keeney on his election to the AAOS Board of Councilors!

October 6, 2015

P.L. Schoenecker, M.D and  J.C. Clohisy, M.D."s research “Comparison of contemporary periacetabular osteotomy for hip dysplasia with total hip arthroplasty for hip osteoarthritis,” published in The Bone and Joint Journal.

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June 2, 2015

Dr. Brian Ipsen Appointed to the MSOA Board of Directors

Congratulations to Brian Ipsen, M.D. on his appointment to the MSOA Board of Directors. Dr. Ipsen is a spine surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialists of the Four States in Galena, Kansas. The MSOA Board of Directors appointed Dr. Ipsen to the Board to fill the vacant term of James Keeney, M.D. who was appointed to the AAOS Board of Councilors.

Dr. Ipsen is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon with specialty focus on adult spinal disorders, including the treatment of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pathology. His particular interests include cervical spine disorders, minimally invasive techniques, and motion-preserving technology. He also specializes in neck surgery and low-back surgery as well as general orthopedic care. A native of central Missouri, Dr. Ipsen completed his medical training in Kansas City, graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He then stayed on at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and affiliated hospitals to complete his orthopedic surgery residency. Dr. Ipsen concluded his training with a combined orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. He is an active member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

June 24, 2015

Missouri State Orthopaedic Association 47th Annual Meeting

April 1-2, 2016
Arrowhead Stadium — Kansas City, Missouri

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the Missouri State Orthopaedic Association's 47th Annual Meeting coming up on April 12, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.

June 2, 2015

Gregory Della Rocca, M.D.'s research article "Treatment of chronic (> 1 year) fracture nonunion: Heal rate in a cohort of 767 patients treated with low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS)" published in Injury.

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May 21, 2015

James Keeney, M.D. appointed to AAOS Board of Councilors

James Keeney, M.D.; U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill; and MSOA Director Brian Treece at the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C

Congratulations to James Keeney, M.D. on his appointment to the AAOS Board of Councilors.  The MSOA Board of Directors appointed Dr. Keeney to the BOC to fill the vacant term of Joel Jeffries, M.D. who accepted a new position in Florida. 

Dr. Keeney is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.  He completed his medical and postdoctoral training at Washington University.  Dr. Keeney was a staff orthopaedic surgeon at Langley Air Force Base with active deployments to Kuwait, Oman, and Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Dr. Keeney has been an active member of the Missouri State Orthopaedic Association as a frequent participant in the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference, the AAOS Leadership Fellows Program, MSOA PAC Member, and most recently as a member of the MSOA Board of Directors.  James Keeney, M.D. is currently the director of Adult Hip & Knee Reconstruction Service at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia

January 29, 2015

James Stannard, M.D.'s study highlighted in "Donor tissue for joint repair stays fresh for 60 days."

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January 15, 2015

J.C. Clohisy, MD's research article "Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of complications after peri-acetabular osteotomy" published in the Bone and Joint Journal.

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