2022 Resident Graduation

For the 2022 resident graduation events, the 27th annual William C. Allen Lecturer was trauma surgeon Dr. George V. Russell, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His keynote lectures were entitled "Profession or Job. What is Your Destiny?" and "Principles, Passion, and Purpose." Dr. Russell (center with red tie) is joined on the right by Mrs. Kathryn Allen and Dr. Gainor, and on the left by Dr. Kfuri and Dr. Stannard.


Littlejohn group photo

At the 22nd Annual Comparative Orthopaedics Day symposium, April 29, 2022, the Littlejohn Family keynote speaker was Martha Anderson (white jacket) who is flanked on the left by Christie and Marilyn Littlejohn, and Dr. Gainor; and on the right by Kathryn Allen and Dr. Cook. For more than 30 years, Ms. Anderson managed and directed the donor-related services of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) Biologics.


UMOA Group Photo 1987
Dr. Gainor is pictured far right in a yellow shirt, and MU junior resident Dr. Steve Olson is in a white T-shirt in the upper back row (arrow) left.

In 1979 when Dr. Barry Gainor joined the MU orthopaedic faculty as its fourth member, the program was young and included only eight residents. The teaching curriculum lacked structure, and there was little or no tradition of research. Designing a weekly conference schedule to educate our residents was readily achievable, but establishing a tradition of scholarly research fueled by intellectual curiosity was not an overnight job. Dr. Gainor promptly initiated a small mid-Western resident teaching conference to encourage the MU orthopaedic trainees to develop research topics and share these ideas with fellow residents from other programs.

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W.C. Allen Professorship Lecturer, Dr. Kevin Garvin

Kevin L. Garvin, MD (third from left in photo above), presented the 26th Annual W.C. Allen Professorship Lectures titled "Two-Stage Exchange Arthroplasty for Treatment of PJI" and "The ABOS and Board Certifications: Past, Present, and Future." Dr. Garvin is an orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE where he serves as Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Garvin specializes in hip and knee reconstruction and the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal infections. He maintains an active clinical practice performing more than 400 hip and knee arthroplasties and periacetabular or femoral osteotomies per year. He has extensive experience performing all hip approaches, including anterior, anterolateral, transtrochanteric, and posterior. Dr. Garvin is an author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2020, he was named one of Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors.”


Drs. Tyler Ellis and Sumit Gupta

Dr. Tyler Ellis and Dr. Sumit Gupta represented Mizzou Orthopaedics in the 4th Annual Bal Shalyakriya (Surgery for Children) Mission Week in Mangalore, India February 3rd-8th, 2020. Partnering with Peedh Parai International (PPI), and hosted by local hospital, KMC Attavar, orthopaedic services were provided free of cost to local children in need. Over five days, a total of fifteen children underwent various procedures, for congenital, posttraumatic and postinfectious limb deformities. Additionally, another 60 children were seen for clinic visits.


Felipe Ituarte's Poster Presentation

At the 12th Annual Meeting of the Lumbar Spine Research Society in Chicago, senior resident Dr. Felipe Ituarte presented a poster exhibit displaying his research project co-authored with orthopaedic faculty Drs. Goldstein, Choma, and Nourbakhsh.

Comparative Orthopaedics Day 2019

At the 19th Annual Comparative Orthopaedics Day seminar, sponsors Dr. Robert Littlejohn and Marilyn Littlejohn (center) are thanked by Drs. Gainor and Cook (left), and keynote speaker Dr. Mohit Bandari, Dr. Della Rocca, and Dr. Goldstein (right).

MU Orthopaedic Medical Mission to India

On an MU orthopaedic medical mission to Mangalore, India, in February 2019, Dr. Ben Burch, Kelly Scott, RN, and Dr. Sumit Gupta make post-operative rounds on their patient at the Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Hospital.


Jay Bridgeman

Jay Bridgeman, MD, second from left, was honored with the Barry J. Gainor Faculty Teaching award in 2018. Bridgeman was selected by the chief residents as the faculty member who exemplifies Gainor’s dedication to teaching. Left to right are Alex Wessell, Bridgeman, B. Israel Yahuaca, Shan Sharif, Jeff Milles and R. Chris Reams.

Jimi Cook

Jimi Cook, PhD, DVM; Marilyn Littlejohn; Bob Littlejohn, MD; and Steve Messier, PhD, pose for a photo after Comparative Orthopaedics Day. The Littlejohn family has supported the Comparative Orthopaedics Day conference since 2004, allowing us to bring world-class research speakers to Mizzou. Messier, the director of the J.B Snow Biomechanics Laboratory at Wake Forest University, served as the 2018 Littlejohn Family Distinguished Lecturer.