The Department of Orthopedics Surgery at the University of Missouri is proud to announce our ACGME accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship program. We are seeking one qualified applicantoutside of the match for the inaugural 2012-2013 year, and are ACTIVELY LOOKING TO INTERVIEW CANDIDATES THROUGH THE SAN FRANCISCO MATCH FOR 2013-2014.

The fellowship is designed as a mentorship model, with a diverse array of clinical and research opportunities. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to care for athletes at the Division I collegiate level (ie. SEC football/ basketball coverage) with 18 major Missouri Tiger sports teams , and at the professional level with the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals major league baseball team- which includes travelling with the team to spring training.

The faculty is diverse, consisting of fellowship trained sports medicine and sports traumatologists. The co-fellowship directors are Dr. James Stannard and Dr. Patrick Smith.

  • Dr. Stannard is Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Missouri. He is a world-renowned leader in the field of multi-ligamentous knee reconstruction, meniscal transplantation, and articular cartilage surgery.
  • Dr. Patrick Smith is Head Team Physician of the Missouri Tigers, and specializes in novel minimally invasive surgical techniques including all-inside ACL reconstruction.
  • Dr. George Paletta is the Head Team Physician of the St. Louis Cardinals, and will provide expertise in shoulder and elbow surgery, particularly with elbow arthroscopy and elbow UCL reconstruction.
  • Dr. Seth Sherman trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery for residency, and did his Sports Fellowship at Rush University in Chicago. His areas of interest and expertise include articular cartilage and joint preservation, complex open and arthroscopic shoulder surgery including shoulder arthroplasty, and hip arthroscopy.
  • Dr. Mark Adams completed residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then completed a sports medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University in Boston. In addition to his duties as a team physician for the University, Dr. Adams has also served as a team doctor for Team USA Soccer in the Olympics.
  • Dr. Bus Tarbox trained at the University of Missouri for residency and completed his sports fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute under Dr. Larry Lemack. His areas of interest include shoulder, knee, and hip arthroscopy. Dr. Tarbox is the team physician for University of Missouri wrestling, and also covers a high profile high school team in Columbia.

Other program highlights include the University of Missouri Comparative Orthopedics Laboratory (COL), which is a multi-disciplinary laboratory with over a decade of experience in collaborating with clinicians to perform basic science, biomechanical, and clinical research in the field of articular cartilage research. Work at the COL has received national and international attention through myriad abstract presentations, publications, and high-level grant funding.

Columbia, home of the University of Missouri, was listed in the book 50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family and has been consistently recognized by national magazines such as Consumer's Digest and Money as one of the top places to live in the U.S. Most people who choose to reside in this college town of more than 110,000 residents think of it as having the best of both worlds – small-town convenience and warmth with big-city sophistication and amenities. With a remarkably low cost of living compared to many U.S. cities, Columbia allows for a lifestyle hard to find in other areas.

Orthopaedic residents in their PGY-4 year are encouraged to apply through the San Francisco Matching System ( Although the "official" deadline has passed, we have been allowed by AOSSM and SF Match to continue to accept new applications!! We will also be offering interview time at this year's AAOS. If interested, contact Blair Mitchell at the email address below.

If you are a 5th year interested in a position starting August 2012, please send your CV, copies of your USMLE score reports & four letters of recommendation by email to Blair Mitchell at the address listed below.

The fellow must have completed his/her orthopaedic training. The fellow is a member of the orthopaedic surgery faculty at University of Missouri School of Medicine with an appointment as a Clinical Instructor. All fellows within orthopaedic surgery must be eligible for work within the United States as well as hold a permanent Missouri medical license, BNDD and DEA. For questions regarding eligibility for a permanent Missouri medical license, please contact the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts at 573-751-0098 prior to applying.

If you have any other questions concerning the application process or requirements, please contact:

Blair Mitchell, MHA
Medical Education Manager
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
1100 Virginia Avenue, DC953.00
Columbia, MO 65212
Phone: 573-882-5731 or 573-884-7796
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