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Advanced Orthopedic Specialists: Experts

At Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, our highly trained doctors are expert orthopedic specialists. When you are seen by one of our experts, you know that you are being treated by an experienced doctor who is focused on and dedicated to delivering orthopedic excellence.

  • James M. Edwards, MD

    James M. Edwards, MD

    A Cape Girardeau native, Dr. James Edwards is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon providing care for a wide array of orthopedic injuries. Joining Advanced Orthopedic Specialists in 2008, he brought advanced shoulder repair techniques to the region, and also specializes in sports... More »
  • Patrick R. Knight, MD

    Patrick R. Knight, MD

    Passionate about working with joint replacement and sports injury patients, Dr. Patrick Knight is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon providing comprehensive care for all types of joint, bone and tissue injuries. Dr. Knight is a team physician for a number of area... More »
  • Rickey L. Lents, MD

    Rickey L. Lents, MD

    A former chief of surgery, Dr. Rickey Lents is board certified in both orthopedic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Lents also treats other orthopedic injuries including shoulder injuries, knee pain, hip discomfort, and fractures. He also remains active in continuing medical... More »
  • Catherine M. Rapp, MD

    Catherine M. Rapp, MD

    A Southern Illinois native, Dr. Rapp is board certified in orthopedic surgery, seeing patients of all ages and a variety of injury types. She specializes in complex problems of the shoulder and elbow joints such as shoulder replacement, fractures and minimally-invasive... More »
  • R. August Ritter III, MD

    R. August Ritter III, MD

    A Cape Girardeau native, Dr. August Ritter, III, is a third-generation orthopedic surgeon. His grandfather founded Advanced Orthopedic Specialists in 1934. Dr. Ritter sees patients of all ages and injury types and enjoys being involved in helping patients return to a... More »
  • Brian C. Schafer, MD

    Brian C. Schafer, MD

    Dr. Brian Schafer, a board certified orthopedic surgeon, joined Advanced Orthopedic Specialists from Tucson, Arizona where he was in practice with the United States Air Force Medical Group. Specializing in total joint replacement and arthroscopic knee and shoulder repair, Dr. Schafer... More »
  • Andrew C. Trueblood, MD

    Andrew C. Trueblood, MD

    Specializing in conditions from the collarbone to the fingertips, Dr. Andrew Trueblood is a Cape Girardeau native and graduate of Cape Central High School, Duke University, and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In 2008, Dr. Trueblood completed his residency in... More »
  • Khalid Waliullah, MD

    Khalid Waliullah, MD

    A specialty-trained Board Certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Khalid Waliullah completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Missouri. Dr. Waliullah specializes in hip and knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, adult and pediatric fracture management, and treatment of sports-related injuries to promote healing,... More »
  • Bernard C. Burns, DO

    Bernard C. Burns, DO

    As a doctor of osteopathic medicine and board certified as a physiatrist, Dr. Bernard Burns enjoys working with patients to help maximize functional activities. As a physiatrist, Dr. Burns uses nonsurgical treatments like rehabilitation, injections and physical medicine to restore the... More »

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