Robert Gardiner, MD

Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Robert Gardiner is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult hip and knee reconstruction and replacement. He joined KCOA (formerly Dickson-Diveley Orthopedics in 1992). He performs total hip replacement, total knee replacement, partial knee replacement and complex revision surgeries.


Areas of Specialty

  • Knee and hip replacement


Hip and Knee Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University


Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City Affiliated Programs, Kansas City, MO


Education / Doctor of Medicine

University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Kansas Orthopaedic Society

Professional Roles

Consultant Physician
Private Practice
1992 – Present
Dickson-Diveley Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic, P. A. Kansas City, Missouri

1999 – Present
Dickson-Diveley Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. Leawood, Kansas

Attending Physician

1999 – Present
Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute Leawood, Kansas

1992 – Present
St. Luke’s Hospital Kansas City, Missouri

1999 – Present
St. Luke’s South Hospital Overland Park, Kansas

Courtesy Staff Physician

1992 – Present
Truman Medical Center Kansas City, Missouri

Clinical Assistant Professor

1992 – Present
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Kansas City, Missouri

More About Dr. Gardiner

Dr. Gardiner earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas.

He completed a fellowship in hip and knee surgery at the world-renowned Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and he is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Gardiner served as the team physician for the Kansas City Blades Hockey team from 1992 to 2001.

In addition to the traditional surgical approach, Dr. Gardiner was one of the first physicians in Kansas City to test and utilize robotic-assisted hip and knee replacement for his patients. He has dedicated considerable time and effort to the development of the orthopedic program at St. Saint Luke’s South Hospital where he has been the medical director since 2009. He oversees the running of this state-of-the-art program dedicated to providing the community with the highest quality care including the utmost attention to the needs of the patients.

Recent Publications

Failure of the Cement-Bone Interface: A Consequence of Strengthening the Cement-Prosthesis Interface

Gardiner RC, Hozack WJ

Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery – British, Volume 76(1):49-52, January 1994.

Taperloc Femoral Component: A 2-6 Year Study of the First 100 Consecutive Cases

Hozack WJ, Gardiner RC, Hearn S, Eng K, Rothman R

Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 9(5):589-594, October 1994.

Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty Using Ultrasonically Driven Tools: A Clinical Evaluation

Gardiner RC, Hozack WJ, Nelson C, Keating EM

Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 8(5):517- 521, October 1993.