OMC Orthopedic Clinic to host free dinner
Orthopedic Mobile Learning Center also will be on hand
Ozarks Medical Center Orthopedic Clinic is hosting a free community education
dinner with the topic of hip replacement by Dr. James Rushford, Orthopedic
Surgeon, on Wednesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. at the OMC Parkway Center.
This free dinner is open to the public, and reservations are required
by calling 417-257-6793.
The Zimmer Mobile Learning Center, a traveling education vehicle that provides
information about joint replacement surgery and an up close look at technology
used in those procedures, will also be on hand and open for tours from
3-7 p.m. at the OMC Parkway Center. The Zimmer Center is a 45-foot, 18-wheel
expandable vehicle that travels the United States offering free educational
sessions on new advancements in joint replacement.
Before coming to OMC last year, Dr. Rushford practiced at the Center for
Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
in Bellville, Illinois. Dr. Rushford served as the principal orthopedic
receptor for the St. Louis University family practice residency program
on the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus.
“Orthopedic surgery is dynamic and an ever-evolving area of surgical
expertise. I enjoy the challenge of ensuring my patients have access to
the best modern technique in orthopedic care,” he said.
Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal
trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and
Dr. Rushford is a graduate of the University of New England College of
Osteopathic Medicine. He did an internship in family practice medicine
at Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland
and successfully completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Delaware
Valley Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Rushford began his career as a physician in the United States Air Force
at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas. He served as an orthopedic surgeon at
Misawa Air Force Base in Japan and at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in
Arizona, where he was selected as commander for Surgical Services Flight.
He also served as Chief of the Medical Staff, Deputy Hospital Commander
and orthopedic surgeon at Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany. He was
the Chief of the Medical Staff and an orthopedic surgeon at Offutt Air
Force Base in Nebraska. While serving in the Air Force, Dr. Rushford was
awarded a Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with
three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Joint Service
Achievement Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal.
Dr Rushford is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic
Surgeons. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the
Military officers Association of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
For more information, call OMC Education Department Services at 417-257-6793.