Columbia, MO is a special place and at Columbia Orthopaedic Group we strive to be a part of the community.

Four Peat

For the fourth straight year, Columbia Orthopaedic Group is a winner of the prestigious APEX Quality Award in patient satisfaction. SPH Analytics is thrilled to honor Columbia Orthopaedic Group as a 2014/2015 National APEX Quality Award Winner, in recognition of outstanding patient satisfaction and your overall quality of care.


Columbia Orthopaedic Group received recognition for 30 years of service with the Columbia Public Schools and Partners in Education. For over 30 years, Columbia Orthopaedic Group has been the physicians taking care of athletes in Columbia and Mid-Missouri in association with the Certified Athletic Trainers at Peak Sport and Spine.

HOF for Pat Smith

Dr. Pat Smith joins Dr. Glenn McElroy (1984) and Dr. Mark Adams (2014) in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Dr. Smith joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 1986 and specializes in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. He has held the title of Head Team Physician for the University of Missouri athletic department since 1991.

About Columbia Orthopaedic Group

Columbia Orthopaedic Group defines excellence in orthopaedic care through a passion for clinical skill, innovation, teamwork, wellness advocacy and patient-centered care. Whether caring for high performance athletes or restoring function in seniors, the physicians and staff have the training and expertise to deliver the latest in orthopaedic treatment.

For your convenience, we also have an impressive array of onsite ancillary services, including diagnostic imaging (X-ray, MRI, CT), outpatient surgery, PRP therapy, bracing & orthotics and more.

With 29 specialized physicians devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and diseases of the muscles, bones, joints and soft tissue, Columbia Orthopaedic Group can get you back to health and doing the things you love to do. To schedule an appointment, call our office in Columbia, Missouri at (573) 443-2402.

Our History

The Columbia Orthopaedic Group was organized in December 1965 by its three founding partners: Glenn L. McElroy, M.D.; John W. Payne, M.D.; and Garth S. Russell, M.D. The first clinic was located on Broadway in a building owned by Stephens College. Along with treating patients in the clinic, the physicians would also provide care for patients in surrounding mid-Missouri communities of Boonville, Fayette, Marshall, and Mexico by conducting satellite clinics in the hospitals located in these communities.

Due to the growth and demand for orthopaedic care, Columbia Orthopaedic Group recruited Lee A. Sosebee, M.D. to join their team in 1969. As the group continued to expand, John P. Hickcox, M.D. joined the staff in 1972 followed by Lynn O. Litton, M.D. in 1975. At this time, Columbia Orthopaedic Group was also providing care for all of the student-athletes at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Central Methodist University and Columbia College, as well as for high schools in and around central Missouri.

In 1972-1973, physicians from Columbia Orthopaedic Group joined with a number of other physicians from around Columbia to build Columbia Regional Hospital. This was also accompanied by constructing a new building for Columbia Orthopaedic Group, which was located right next to Columbia Regional Hospital on Keene Street. Also at this time, the orthopaedic clinics held around mid-Missouri were expanded to include the cities of Brookfield, Moberly, and Rolla.

By 1976, Columbia Orthopaedic Group was large enough that its physicians could sub-specialize and provide care in the areas of sports medicine, spine, joint replacement, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, and trauma and fracture care.

By the beginning of 1988, Columbia Orthopaedic Group’s sports medicine practice was not only providing care for the student-athletes at the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-Rolla, University of Kansas, and other colleges around mid-Missouri, it was also caring for the Harlem Globetrotters and performing surgery on many national and international athletes who played on major sports teams.

Columbia Orthopaedic Group also provided orthopaedic care to Olympic-caliber athletes. During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Mark Adams was a team physician for the United States Olympic Team. He also served as team physician for the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team from 1995-2002, including the 1999 World Cup.

In 1998-1999, member physicians from Columbia Orthopaedic Group were instrumental in the creation and building of the Institute for Outpatient Surgery, which is located on Keene Street next to Columbia Orthopaedic Group. At the time, it was the largest outpatient surgery facility in mid-Missouri. The Institute for Outpatient Surgery is a freestanding outpatient surgical center and allows for convenient outpatient care of patients where an entire stay may be as little as two to three hours.

With its continued growth and development, Columbia Orthopaedic Group moved into a brand new 72,000 square foot state-of-the-art building at the southwest corner of Broadway and Keene Street in 2008. This custom-designed facility consists of physician offices, exam rooms, an imaging center, and an in-house ambulatory surgery center, all conveniently under one roof.

As of 2017, we have 27 physicians and surgeons who are committed to excellence in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of orthopaedic injury and disease. Our sub-specialties include arthroscopy, sports medicine,  cervical spine, lumbar spine,  joint replacement, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle,  pediatric orthopaedics and spine deformities and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

For more than 51 years, we have provided patients with the comfort and care needed to return to active lifestyles. Our responsibility to you is providing excellence in surgical and non-surgical orthopaedic care. We look forward to serving the residents of Columbia, Missouri and its surrounding communities for many more years to come.

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