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Wrestling Team Physician Dr. Tarbox Enters Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame

Dr. Bus Tarbox 2021 WR NCAAs

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri wrestling team physician Dr. Bus Tarbox is set to be honored with induction into the Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame Friday, June 9. Dr. Tarbox has been with the wrestling program since 2001, through 12 conference championships, 10 individual national titles and 65 All-American performances.

“We are blessed to have such a phenomenal person in Bus Tarbox as a part of our program for the past 21 years,” said head wrestling coach Brian Smith. “He plays a vital role in our success through the care of our athletes physically and mentally. He truly buys into and lives of Tiger Style. His ability to teach and lead young men to better themselves and develop into strong leaders has impacted our program significantly. He has always been Hall of Fame in my eyes and now he is officially in the Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame! Keep Living it Bus, Tiger Style.” 

The passion for sports medicine began in college at Kansas State, where Dr. Tarbox played baseball. He obtained his undergraduate degree there and later earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colo. From there, he completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Hawaii.

Continuing to develop his sports medicine interest, Dr. Tarbox completed his sports medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala. He recently completed his MBA in healthcare administration at the University of Colorado-Denver.

Joining the Columbia Orthopedic Group in 2021, Dr. Tarbox specializes in the practice of sports medicine and arthroscopy with special interests in the arthroscopic surgical approach to the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow and ankle. He is not only the team physician for Tiger Style but also several colleges and high schools around mid-Missouri.  

Dr. Tarbox is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the Missouri State Orthopedic Society.

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