Brian Divelbiss, MD

Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery

Meet Dr. Brian Divelbiss, the Chairman of the Board for Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance. Dr. Divelbiss specializes in hand and upper extremity issues and is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Rather than make decisions for his patients, Dr. Divelbiss focuses on educating patients so they feel comfortable making the best decisions for their treatment plans.

Areas of Specialty

  • Hand
  • Upper Extremity


Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 1996-2000


University of Iowa, Hand and Upper Extremity, Iowa City, IA, 2000-2001

Education / Doctor of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 1987-1991


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Professional Roles

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Chairman of the Board, Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance


  • Army Career Meritorious Service Medal, 1996
  • Internship Army Commendation Medal, 1992
  • American Orthopaedic Association/Zimmer Annual Resident/Fellow Travel Award, 1992
  • Medical School Michael Bonfiglio Student Research Award in Orthopaedics, 1991 Alpha Omega Alpha, 1990, Oxford Fellowship, Alternate, 1990

My goal is to help educate my patients so that we can make the best treatment decisions as a team.

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Fun Fact

He owns a Fine Art and Travel Photography business.

More About Dr. Divelbiss

Following the completion of medical school at the University of Iowa, Dr. Divelbiss spent five years in the United States Army, with the last four at Fort Riley, Kansas.

He then completed his orthopedic residency at Allegheny General in Pittsburgh, followed by a hand fellowship at the University of Iowa. Dr. Divelbiss joined Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics in 2001.

For the past 8 years, he has been the managing partner of Dickson-Diveley and now serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance.

Outside of Work

Dr. Divelbiss’s passions outside of work revolve around spending time with his family, travel, and photography. He also enjoys fly fishing for trout in Idaho, as well as a challenging round of golf.


 Phalangeal Fractures. In Gellman H (Senior ed.)

Divelbiss BJ and ME Baratz,

eMedicine: Orthopedic Surgery. St.  Petersburg: eMedicine Corp., 2000 (In Review).

Hand, Fracture and Dislocation: Phalangeal. In Aly A, Furnas DW, Grazer FM.  (Senior Eds.)

Divelbiss BJ and ME Baratz.

eMedicine: Plastic Surgery. St. Petersburg: eMedicine Corp., 1999, 2000 (In Review). 

Achilles Tendon Injuries and Related Disorders

Kurtz CA and BJ Divelbiss

Top Emerg Med 22:1-8, 2000. 


The Role of Arthroplasty and Arthrodesis Following Trauma to the Upper Extremity

Divelbiss BJ and ME Baratz.

Hand Clin 15:335-45, 1999. 


Fixation of Phalangeal Fractures

Baratz ME and BJ Divelbiss.

Hand Clin 13:541-55, 1997. 


Isolated traumatic denervation of the extensor pollicis longus

Divelbiss BJ and S Kumar

Arch Phys Med Rehabil 78:783-5, 1997. 


The identification of a 123 base pair fragment from the 5’-flanking region of the adult chicken β globin gene

Divelbiss BJ

The Alpha Chi Recorder 28:9-18, 1985. 



Practice Management in the 21st Century

American Association for Hand Surgery Annual  Meeting, Paradise Island, Bahamas, January 22, 2015. 


Colonization of orthopaedic trauma implants in patients without  evidence of infection

Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of  Trauma, Orlando FL, January 1999. 


The triceps-sparing approach for the management of distal humerus  fractures.

Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Vancouver BC,  October 1998. 


The use of MRT technology in the evaluation of motion  in the upper extremity.

Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Hand Surgery,  Scottsdale AZ, January 1998. 


Cephalad imbalance in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis  treated with Cotrel-Dubousset instrumentation.

Posterior presentation at the Ninth Combined Meeting of the  Orthopaedic Assocations of the English-speaking World, Toronto Canada, June 1992. 


The fate of the unfused curve in idiopathic scoliosis.

Paper presentation  at the annual meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society, Minneapolis MN, September 1991.