James H. Whitaker


James H. Whitaker, MD


Rockhurst High School, 1963
University of Missouri, B.S. Degree, 1967
University of Missouri, M.D. Degree with Honors, 1971

Internship, Residency, and Fellowship Training:

Orthopedic Surgery – University of Kansas
Upper Extremity Fellowship – University of Indiana
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, CAQ Hand Surgery

Professional Practice:

Research Medical Center (Health Midwest System)
Clinical Professor at KU & MU Medical Schools in Kansas City
Former President of KC Orthopedics and KC Rheumatology Societies
Former Chief of Orthopedics at Research Medical Center
Member of some 20 Medical Societies or Organizations
Former Orthopedic Consultant:
K.C. Chiefs (NFL) – 1977-1990
K.C. Kings (NBA) – 1977-1986
K.C. Comets (MISL) – 1980-1991
U.S. Davis Cup 1991 (Tennis)
Rockhurst High School Football Team Physician
Published Chapters in 2 books and many medical articles
Lectures on orthopedic, sport, and hand problems frequently
President of Medical Staff at Research Medical Center
President of Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic
Member Board of Directors Research Medical Center and Health Midwest

MU Activities:

Football Co-Captain and All Big-8 Cornerback – 1966
Played in 1985 Sugar Bowl and 1966 Blue-Gray and Senior Bowl All-Star Games
NCAA Post-Grad Scholarship 1966 & Scholastic All American
Who’s Who & QEBH Honorary Societies
Drafted to play Professional Football, opted to attend medical school
Class President & Member Alpha Omega Alpha (Highest Academic Medical Honorary Society – 1970

University of Missouri Jefferson Club Dinner, Co-Chairman, 1991-92, Chairman, 1993-94
Search Committee, Athletic Director, University of Missouri, 1993
Search Committee, Assistant Athletic Director, University of Missouri, 1995
Recipient of first annual Dan Devine Award, 1994, given in recognition for excellence on and off the athletic field
Recipient of MU Faculty-Alumni Award, 1996