Our Foundation

In 1924, Drs. Frank D. Dickson and Rex L. Diveley introduced orthopaedic surgery to Kansas City to:

  • Provide competent, compassionate, state-of-the-art orthopaedic care to all patients regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, or ability to pay
  • Advance the science of orthopaedic surgery through teaching and research

The mission continues more than 90 years later through the Dickson-Diveley Education and Research Foundation, which supports educational and research programs in orthopaedics through generous donations. The programs foster continuous improvements in orthopaedic care.

The Foundation also established the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. Through this program, Dickson-Diveley physicians help teach orthopaedic surgery residents at UMKC School of Medicine, as well as at three other participating hospitals in the area: Saint Luke’s Hospital, Truman Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital. All Dickson-Diveley physicians hold faculty appointments at UMKC and are on staff at all three participating institutions.

Additional advanced medical care programs targeted by the Foundation include:

  • Orthopaedic resident grants for clinical or basic science research
  • Education seminars for patients, nurses, therapists, coaches, trainers, and athletes
  • Continuing medical education courses in orthopaedics for primary care physicians
  • Research personnel and equipment for clinical outcome studies
  • Orthopaedic library and conference room for St. Luke’s Hospital orthopaedic residents
  • Clinical orthopaedic sub-specialties fellowships

The Foundation does not use funds for daily clinic operations.


Donations are vital to the continued success of the Foundation.
Please send your tax deductible gift to:

Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedic Education and Research Foundation
3651 College Blvd.
Leawood, KS 66211

For more information, please call 913-319-7600.