Dr. David A. Volgas, MD

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Orthopedic Trauma Surgery | Male

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HEALTH CARE 1 Hospital Dr DC053.10, Columbia, MO 65212 Get Directions
(573) 882-6562

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Care Philosophy

Fracture care is a complicated specialty. Not only do fractures hurt physically, but they cause social, psychological and financial problems as well. Caring for the fracture patient often involves caring about the effect of the fracture on the patients life. Loss of income creates many more problems than the simple fact of having an injury. My role is to not only treat the fracture in a manner which is the most likely to restore function, but also to provide information and resources for patients to cope with their injuries. I believe in spending time with patients to help me understand their situation so I can present options for their treatment which will help them accomplish their goals, but also to help them set reasonable expectations. Medical care is a two-way street and patients must be involved in and understand their care. I strive to serve as a resource for patients to understand what they need to do to return to as near normal function as possible.Read more

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I am an orthopaedic trauma surgeon which means that most of my patients experienced a sudden, often dramatic, change in...Read more

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Dr. David A. Volgas, MD says

I appreciate feedback from patients as it helps me understand what is important to them. When I go to a physician, I want him/her to listen to my issues and address those issues with knowledge and a concern for me as a person. 

I try very hard to listen not only to what patients say, but also to what they don't say. In many cases, patients try to please the doctor when in fact, they are having problems. Doctors like their patients to improve, so hearing that someone is doing well is welcome news. However, when patients don't say "... and I'm back to doing what I used to do" I ask that question directly. My goal is to return each patient to as normal a life as they can have given their injury. 

One must listen with more than your ears!

I appreciate your feedback, good or bad!

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Wrist Fracture

Procedures Performed

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

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  • 0
    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1987

  • Internship Hospital
    Dd Eisenhower Army Med Ctr

    Completed in 1988

  • Residency Hospital
    Eisenhower Army Med Ctr

    Completed in 1993

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Jackson Memorial University Of Miami

    Completed in 1995

  • Undergraduate School
    Rhodes College

    Graduated in 1978

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Malpractice claims in Missouri not available
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Volgas says...

I am an orthopaedic trauma surgeon which means that most of my patients experienced a sudden, often dramatic, change in life. An accident has changed the future for most of my patients. I believe that helping patients involves not only repairing the physical damage but also helping them to cope with the recovery process and aftermath of the injury. My staff and I are aware that while we do this every day, this experience is new to the patient. Our job is to support them during their recovery from injury or illness.

I attended Rhodes College in Memphis and majored in Business Administration. My first job was at Campbell Clinic as the business manager. Within 2 weeks of beginning work, I realized that medicine would be my calling. I attended night school and summer school to finish my pre-medical course work.

I went to medical school at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, TN, my hometown. I finished my orthopaedic residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and then spent an additional six years in the military. I have practiced at Brooke Army Medical Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham and am now at the University of Missouri – Columbia. I currently serve as the Program Director for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program at MU.

I have always enjoyed teaching and have done so at every position I have held. I also teach at national and international courses on fracture and soft tissue surgery. I enjoy teaching patients as well and strive to help every patient understand their injury and what it means to them. 

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Dr. Volgas' Care Philosophy

Fracture care is a complicated specialty. Not only do fractures hurt physically, but they cause social, psychological and financial problems as well. Caring for the fracture patient often involves caring about the effect of the fracture on the patients life. Loss of income creates many more problems than the simple fact of having an injury. 

My role is to not only treat the fracture in a manner which is the most likely to restore function, but also to provide information and resources for patients to cope with their injuries. 

I believe in spending time with patients to help me understand their situation so I can present options for their treatment which will help them accomplish their goals, but also to help them set reasonable expectations.

Medical care is a two-way street and patients must be involved in and understand their care. I strive to serve as a resource for patients to understand what they need to do to return to as near normal function as possible.  

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Dr. Volgas says...

I appreciate feedback from patients as it helps me understand what is important to them. When I go to a physician, I want him/her to listen to my issues and address those issues with knowledge and a concern for me as a person. 

I try very hard to listen not only to what patients say, but also to what they don't say. In many cases, patients try to please the doctor when in fact, they are having problems. Doctors like their patients to improve, so hearing that someone is doing well is welcome news. However, when patients don't say "... and I'm back to doing what I used to do" I ask that question directly. My goal is to return each patient to as normal a life as they can have given their injury. 

One must listen with more than your ears!

I appreciate your feedback, good or bad!