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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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.
Dr. Volgas' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Orthopedic Fracture Care
Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Volgas' Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
Ankle Sprains and Strains
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Difficulty With Walking
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
Hip Pointer Injuries
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Tibia and Fibula Fractures
All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Release
De Quervain's Release
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
Rotator Cuff Surgery
Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
Shoulder Fracture Treatment
Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
Trigger Finger Release
Trigger Point Injection
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
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Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1978
University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1987
Dd Eisenhower Army Med Ctr
Internship Hospital | Completed 1988
Eisenhower Army Med Ctr
Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
Jackson Memorial University Of Miami
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Volgas has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Volgas to family and friends
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Dr. Volgas' Performance
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Office & Staff Performance
Average wait time
31 to 45 minutes
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...