Advanced Orthopedic Specialists

Located in Cape Girardeau, Advanced Orthopedic Specialists provides patients with expert diagnosis and a full spectrum of treatments and surgical interventions for complicated orthopedic injuries and conditions for the hand, foot, hip, knee, shoulder and more. The practice includes orthopedic surgeons James M. Edwards, MD; Patrick R. Knight, MD; Rickey L. Lents, MD; R. August Ritter III, MD; Brian C. Schafer, MD; Andrew C. Trueblood, MD and Khalid Waliullah, MD and physiatrist Bernard C. Burns, DO. These physicians have extensive training and years of combined experience – performing thousands of procedures, from sports medicine to hand to joint replacement and revision. Advanced Orthopedic Specialists was founded in 1934 and is the region’s premier orthopedic practice. AOS has Centers of Excellence in Joint Replacement and Sports Medicine. AOS is the official team physician for Southeast Missouri State University and countless regional high school teams.



Cape Girardeau

48 Doctors Park
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703


1404 Old Cape Road, Suite 203
Jackson, MO 63755

Poplar Bluff

Copper Top Foot and Ankle Clinic
225 Physicians Park Drive, Suite 102
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901


1617 East Malone
Sikeston, MO 63801

Some of the orthopedic conditions treated at Advanced Orthopedic Specialists include:

  • Pain or injuries to the:
    • Ankle
    • Elbow
    • Foot
    • Hand
    • Hip
    • Knee
    • Shoulder
    • Wrist
  • Joint replacement
  • Joint revision
  • Pain management
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Sports medicine

Meet the Providers

Contact Information

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 573-335-8257.

Advanced Orthopedic Specialists
48 Doctors Park
Cape Girardeau, MO