OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Physicians in Kansas and Missouri named Brian Divelbiss, M.D., one of the “Top Doctors” in the region, according to a survey published this month by 435 South magazine.
Divelbiss joined Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics in 2001. Before joining the clinic, he worked as an emergency room staff general medical officer in Fort Riley, Kan., from 1992 to 1996.
He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., from 1996 to 2000, and a hand and microvascular fellowship at the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 2000.
Divelbiss earned his medicine doctorate in 1991 from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and his bachelor’s degree in biology and natural sciences, summa cum laude, in 1986, from Westmar College, in Le Mars, Iowa.
During his Army career, he received the Meritorious Service Medal in 1996. His research also has been featured in numerous national publications and he gives lectures across the country.
Divelbiss says he enjoys being a hand surgeon because of the complex anatomy of the hand and the significant impact he can have on a patient’s quality of life by fixing hand conditions.
“It’s very satisfying to see a fracture or a broken bone that you can repair and return the patient back to his previous level of function,” Divelbiss said. “It’s about problem solving.”
Divelbiss says his approach to working with patients starts with forming a partnership.
“I take a look at the problem, we work through the diagnosis and discuss all their options, and we collectively make the decision together as far as what’s going to be best for them. I see my role, first and foremost, as an educator, to let them know what’s going on and try to help them work through their treatment options,” he said.
Professional Research Services, based in Royal Oak, Mich., compiled the Top Doctors list through a survey of more than 5,000 doctors in Kansas and Missouri. The research organization asked the doctors which of their colleagues they would send a member of their family to within the area. Each doctor could recommend up to three colleagues in each given physician specialty. The “Top Doctors” received the highest number of votes in each specialty.