Charles Rhoades, MD

Board-Certified by the American Board Orthopaedic Surgeons

Dr. Charles Rhoades is the Senior Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon of Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance. A native of Kansas City, he joined the practice in 1984. His areas of clinical expertise are shoulder surgery, hand surgery & upper extremity surgery, and athletic knee injuries/surgery.

Areas of Specialty

  • Treatments, including surgery for the upper extremity (shoulder, hand/wrist) and knee
  • Sports Injuries
  • Workplace Injuries & Worker’s Compensation


Education / Doctor of Medicine

University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri; 1978


Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, University of California-San Diego; 1983-84


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri; 1979-83
  • Internal Medicine Internship, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri; 1978-79


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1986-present
  • American Society of Surgery of Hand 1986-present
  • American Orthopaedic Society (orthopaedic educators furthering resident education)
  • Kansas City Orthopaedic Society
  • Missouri Orthopaedic Society
  • Heart of America Council Board, Boy Scouts of America


Awards / Recognitions

  • Examiner for Oral Boards American Board Orthopedic Surgery 2008-present
  • KC Super Doctor 2007-2018
  • Top Doctors KC & 435 Magazine 2017-2021
  • Trustee, University of Kansas Endowment Association 2010-present

Professional Roles

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Practice Management Committee 2006-2008

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Internet Communication Committee 1998-2006

Team Physician Kansas City Royals Baseball team 1986-2010

Team Physician Kansas City Blades Hockey Team 1990-2001

President, Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedic Clinic 1988-2012

President, Kansas City Orthopedic Society 1987-1994

President Saint Luke’s Hospital Medical Staff 1999-2000

Major League Baseball Research Committee 1992-2000

President Missouri State Orthopaedic Association 1999-2000

Fun Fact

I learned the importance of attention to detail years ago when the first time I packed my own parachute, it failed to open!

More About Dr. Rhoades

Dr. Rhoades completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Kansas and a Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship at the University of California-San Diego.

He is CEO (1998-present) of the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute (KC’s only specialty hospital dedicated solely to orthopaedic surgery) which he organized and created in 1998. He was President of the Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedic Clinic for 24 years from 1988-2012.

He lectures nationally on the topics of hand surgery, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, medical group management, specialty hospital organization, hospital/physician joint ventures, electronic medical records, and internet applications to medicine.

He was a Kansas City Royals Team Physician from 1986-2010.

Academically, he has published numerous articles on orthopaedic surgery. He has been an orthopaedic educator his entire career. He teaches orthopaedic residents, medical students and pre-medical students. He’s a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UMKC and Clinical Faculty KU Medical Center. He is an Oral Examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and member American Orthopaedic Association. He serves as president of multiple organizations: Dickson-Diveley Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic, Saint Luke’s Hospital Medical Staff, Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, Kansas City Orthopaedic Society and Missouri State Orthopaedic Association, and many others.

His peers have honored him as a KC Super Doctor for more than 10 consecutive years from 2007-2018, and a KC/Regional Top Doctor from 2013-2021.

He is very active in the community: Boy Scouts Heart of America Council Board, Philmont Scout Ranch Medical Staff, KU Summerfield Scholar, KU Endowment Association Trustee, KU Medical Center Advancement Board and St. Agnes Catholic Church member.

Outside of Work

Dr. Rhoades’ family and community activities make his life ‘whole’.  He met his wife, Anne, in high school and they have been married for 43 years. They are blessed with four children and eight grandchildren. Playing, teaching and sharing their lives with them is a constant joy. Dr. Rhoades grew up on a farm. Sharing the joys of farm life on their ‘play farm’ with their family is a great joy. Their time with KU, Boy Scouts, volunteering, the great outdoors, snow skiing, water skiing, flying, hunting, fly fishing, and ‘just hanging’ with the kids fills their lives.  


Detection of a Wooden Foreign Body in the Hand Using Computed Tomography

Rhoades, C.E., Reckling, F.W., Soye I., and Levine E.:

Journal of Hand Surgery, 7:306-7, 1982

“Palmar Dislocation of the Trapezoid,”

Rhoades, C.E., and Reckling, F.W.

Journal of Hand Surgery, 8:85-88, 1983

Traumatic Syringohydromelia Presenting as Neuropathic Joints – Report of Two Cases and Review of the Literature

Rhoades, C.E., Neff, J.R., Rengachary, S., Ketcherside, J., Batinitzky, S., Price:

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 180:182-187, 1983

Bilateral Partial Aplasia of the Atlas:  Definitive Treatment of Bilateral Anterior C1-C2 Buttress Fusion

Rhoades, C.E., and Jacobs, R.J.:

Spine, Vol. 8, No. 5:558, July/August 1983

A Comparison of Grafting Materials in Experimental Bone Grafts

Dahners, L., Klesterhies, J., Jacobs, R.R., Wetzel, L. and Rhoades, C.E.:

Orthopaedics, Vol. 7, No. 6:984, June 1984

“Results of Internal Neurolysis of the Median Nerve for Severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Rhoades, C.E., Mowery, Carol and Gelberman, Richard

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 67-A:  253-256, February 1985

 Upper Extremity Tendon Transfers in Cerebral Palsy

Gelberman, Richard H., Mowery Carol and Rhoades, Charles E.:

Electromyographic & Functional Analysis.  Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics,  5:69-72, 1985

“Stenosing Tenosynovitis of the Fingers and Thumb:  Results of a Prospective Trial of a Steroid Injection and Splinting

Rhoades, Charles, Gelberman, Richard H., and Manjarris, Jon F.:

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 190:236-239, 1984

Dynamic Compression for Small Bone Arthrodesis

Braun, Richard, and Rhoades, Charles:

Journal of Hand Surgery. (AM), Volume 10 (3): 340-3.  May, 1985

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:  Associated Abnormalities in Ulnar Nerve Function and the Effect of Carpal Tunnel Release on These Abnormalities

Silver, M., Gelberman, R.H., Rhoades, C.E.:

Journal of Hand Surgery (AM), 10 (5): 710-13, September, 1985

Internal Vascularity of the Scaphoid In Cadavers Following Insertion of the Herbert Screw

Cook S, Asher MA, Carson WL, Lai SM.

The Journal of Hand Surgery,  Volume 13A, Number 2, Page 216-220.  March, 1988

Local Compression Effects on Peroneal Nerve Function in Humans

Hargens, Alan R., Botte, Michael,  Swenson, Michael R.,  Gelberman, Richard,  Rhoades, Charles E.:

 Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 11:818-827, 1993


Book Chapters

Elbow Exposures

Rhoades, Charles:

Chapter 4 in Reckling, Reckling, and Mohn (eds):, Orthopaedic Anatomy and Surgical Approaches, Mosby Yearbook, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., pp. 61-88, 1990.

Forearm Exposures

Rhoades, Charles:

Chapter 5 in Reckling, Reckling, and Mohn (eds):, Orthopaedic Anatomy and Surgical Approaches, Mosby Yearbook, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., pp. 89-110, 1990



Non-Refereed Articles

Contracting: Beyond The Basics Part I.

Rhoades, Charles E.

Cook S, Asher MA, Carson WL, Lai SM.


Contracting: Beyond The Basics Part II.

Rhoades, Charles E.

AAOS Now February 2009


The Electronic Medical Office: Optimizing Solutions

Co-authored with Ira Kirschenbaum et al.

 AAOS Instructional Course Lectures, Volume 57, 2008.

Integrating PAs Into Your Practice.

Rhoades, Charles E.

AAOS Now, March, 2008

EMR Use Years 2-5.

Rhoades, Charles E.

AAOS Now, February 2009