Kenneth Unruh, MD

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Certificate of Additional Qualification in Hand Surgery

Meet Dr. Kenneth Unruh, a hand, wrist, and elbow orthopedic surgeon with Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance. Dr. Unruh focuses on correcting injuries between the elbow and the fingertips for his patients.

While he enjoys the surgical management of patients, Dr. Unruh is able to keep a majority of his patients on track with non-operative management.

Areas of Specialty

  • Hand Surgery, wrist and elbow surgery
  • Elbow and Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Open and Endoscopic Carpal tunnel release
  • Upper extremity peripheral nerve surgery
  • Elbow, wrist, and hand joint replacement
  • Thumb arthritis surgery


Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery, Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, Indianapolis, Indiana


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Education / Doctor of Medicine

Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota

Professional Roles

Orthopedic Surgeon


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Association for Hand Surgery

We don’t treat x-rays. We treat patients.

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More About Dr. Unruh

Kenny Unruh was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas and went to Shawnee Mission South High School. 

He graduated from the University of Kansas with highest distinction and majors in Chemistry and Philosophy.

He went to medical school at Mayo Medical School at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Following his time at the Mayo Clinic, he completed his orthopedic residency at Vanderbilt University where he was distinguished as Chief Resident for his final year. Dr. Unruh completed his Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular fellowship at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis, Indiana and is currently a board certified orthopedic surgeon with a certificate of additional qualification in hand surgery.

Following Fellowship…

Dr. Unruh returned to his hometown to help care for the community that raised him. He has remained persistent in his goal to obtain the best medical, orthopedic surgery and fellowship training so that he may return to the Kansas City area and serve his hometown. His clinical and surgical interests include all-inclusive care of the upper extremity from the elbow to the fingertips for adult and pediatric patients, including arthritis, trauma, compression neuropathies, arthroscopy joint replacement and workers compensation.

Dr. Unruh is married to his high school sweetheart and has three sons and a daughter. He is an active member of Cure of Ars Catholic Church.


The Duration of Symptoms does not correlate with Rotator Cuff Tear Severity or Other Patient Related Features. A Cross Sectional Study of Patients with Atraumatic, Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears.

Unruh KP, Dunn WR, Kuhn JE, MOON Shoulder Group.

Accepted for publication to Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Middle Phalanx Fractures. Fractures and Dislocations of the Hand and Fingers.

Menge TJ, Unruh KP, Lee DH.

Ed. William H. Seitz, 2013. .

Controversies in the Treatment of Nailbed Injuries.

Mignemi ME, Unruh KP, Lee DH.

Journal of Hand Surgery, Am. 2013 July, 38(7): 1427-30.

An Evaluation of Patients’ Understanding of the Role of the Orthopaedic Surgery Resident.

Unruh KP, Dhulipala SC, Holt GE.

Journal of Surgical Education. May/June 2013, volume 70(3). .

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Surgically Confirmed Anterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Disruption.

Collins MS, Unruh KP, Bond JR, Mandrekar JN.

Skeletal Radiology. 2008 Mar, 37(3): 233-43.

Bilateral Scaphotrapezium Coalition with Bilateral Scaphoid nonunion in a Patient with Klippel-Feil Syndrome: A Case Report.

Unruh KP, Shin AY.

Hand. 2010 Nov. 6(1): 106-109.

Management of Knee Arthropathy in Patients with Vascular Malformations.

Johnson, JN, Shaughnessy WJ, Stans AA, Unruh KP, Sim FJ, McIntosh AL, Brands CK, Driscoll DJ.

Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. 2009 Jun; 29(4): 380-4.

Anatomical Variations of the Iliolumbar Vein with Application to the Anterior Retroperitoneal Approach to the lumbar spine: a cadaver study.

Unruh KP, Camp CL, Zietlow SP, Huddleston III PM.

Clinical Anatomy. 2008 Oct; 21(7): 666-73.

An Explorative Learning Approach to teaching clinical anatomy using student generated content.

Philip CT, Unruh KP, Lachman N, Pawlina W.

Anatomical Science Education. 2008 May-Jun; 1(3): 106-110.