Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute names Gene Austin new CEO

Austin will also lead recently-expanded Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance

Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic of Kansas City (OSMCKC) and Midwest Orthopaedics join KCOA, bringing physician count to 40

LEAWOOD, KS – (January 15, 2024) – Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute (KCOI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gene Austin as its new Chief Executive Officer.  After an extensive search process, Gene was selected from a large group of highly qualified candidates.  Gene will replace Dr. Charles Rhoades, who announced last year his intention to step down from his role of CEO after 25 years, while continuing his orthopedic practice. ​

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Gene will now lead both KCOI and Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance (KCOA).  KCOA recently announced the addition of two Kansas City-area practices, Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic of Kansas City (OSMCKC) and Midwest Orthopaedics, bringing its physician count to 40. The practice employs over 20 mid-level providers as well.

Gene received a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Missouri and has spent most of his career working in orthopedics.  Most recently, he was CEO of Columbia Orthopaedic Group, a 28-physician group.  He has been involved in and led numerous projects including new construction, major remodeling, corporate redesign as well as EMR and practice management system conversions.

When asked about his vision for the future of KCOI, Gene said, “Building on the organization’s strong foundation, I am energized by the unique opportunity to lead KCOI and KCOA at a such a pivotal time.  For the first time in KCOI’s history, the physician owners and medical staff will be represented by the same practice entity.  At the same time, KCOA’s growth will create new patient service opportunities throughout the metro.  While this is a challenging time for healthcare professionals and organizations, we are facing those challenges with an excellent team and a tradition of clinical excellence.”

KCOI opened its doors in January 2000 and is widely recognized for providing expert and innovative orthopedic and musculoskeletal care and is the region’s first and only orthopedic specialty hospital.


About Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute:

Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute provides comprehensive orthopedic care; including diagnostic imaging, surgery, pain management services, Ortho Urgent Care, and rehabilitation therapy. KCOI is a physician-owned specialty hospital and joint venture with Saint Luke’s Health System Kansas City.


Media Contact:

Kiran Chandra | Director of Marketing, KCOI