UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers appoint Richard Evans as Chair of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

KANSAS CITY, MO. — The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers (TMC) are pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Evans, M.D., as the new chair of the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery at both institutions. He will replace James Hamilton, M.D., who has provided excellent leadership to the UMKC and TMC Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery for more than 30 years.

Dr. Evans comes to TMC and UMKC from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) where he currently serves as the director of the Center for Hip and Knee Surgery and the Chief of Adult Reconstruction. He also serves as an associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and was also recognized as one of the Best Doctors in Arkansas in 2010.

“Dr. Evans brings to Kansas City an outstanding reputation for his accomplishments as both a surgeon and an educator,” said Betty M. Drees, M.D., dean of the UMKC School of Medicine. “We look forward to his contributions in furthering the combined academic and clinical missions of the School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers.”

Dr. Evans received his medical degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed his residency and a research fellowship in Musculoskeletal Infection at UAMS. He currently serves as the chairman of the Patient Safety Committee for American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and is an appointed member of the task force to develop the AAOS Guidelines on Peri-prosthetic Infections of the Hip and Knee, and is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

“Dr. Evans is an internationally renowned expert in total joint replacement surgery and is becoming well known for his research and work with joint infections,” said John W. Bluford, TMC President/CEO. “We expect that his expertise niche will add value toward orthopaedic care obtained throughout the metropolitan community.”

Dr. Evans will assume his positions as academic chair at UMKC and clinical chair at TMC on July 1, 2011. He will also provide leadership for the UMKC Orthopaedic Residency Programs at TMC and St. Luke’s Hospital.

“We welcome Dr. Evans to Saint Luke’s orthopaedic residency program and look forward to the academic and clinical leadership he will bring to the program,” said Julie Quirin, CEO, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.

About St. Luke’s Hospital

Saint Luke’s Hospital is a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, which consists of 11 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.

About TMC

Truman Medical Centers is a not-for-profit two acute-care hospital health system in Kansas City. The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood, TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Departments and a number of primary care practices throughout Eastern Jackson County. Recently named one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, TMC is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Health Sciences and specializes in asthma, bariatrics, diabetes, women’s health, and trauma services. For more information, please call (816) 404-3785 or visit

About the UMKC School of Medicine

The UMKC School of Medicine was founded in 1971 as an innovative combined degree program. From its baccalaureate/MD curriculum to a docent system that emphasizes small group learning, the school has remained a trendsetter in medical education and research. For more information about the UMKC School of Medicine, visit You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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