Head Team Physician
Dr. Key begins his 7th season as Head Team Physician for the Kansas City Royals. Dr. Key is board certified in orthopedic surgery with a sub-certification in orthopedic sports medicine. He is fellowship trained in sports medicine and is a physician with the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at The University of Kansas Health System, where he treats athletes of all ages and skill levels. Additionally, he is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery).
An orthopedic surgeon at The University of Kansas Hospital, Dr. Key is the go-to expert for knee and shoulder conditions. Kansas City's professional teams rely on him for his overall medical expertise and whenever these joint issues come into play. And while his patient roster includes star athletes, he cares for everyday competitors, too. Dr. Key's clinical practice focuses on minimally invasive procedures to repair damaged joints.
The medical needs of an athlete in season versus a weekend warrior are the same, according to Dr. Key. Tissue is tissue and bone is bone, he notes. But the timetables for returning each to their respective sport may vary. Physicians and staff at the Center for Sports Medicine have the training to manage and care for athletes of all ages, including adults.
Dr. Key completed fellowship training in sports medicine. He and the Sports Medicine and Performance Center team care for all sports injuries. Sports medicine specialists work in tandem to shorten the time between diagnosis, treatment and return to action. They involve parents, athletic trainers and coaches in the process.
Dr. Key is a graduate of Spring Hill (Kan.) High School. He received his bachelor of science degree in pre-medicine at Kansas State University where he was a track and field athlete. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He did an Orthopaedic Surgery residency at King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles California. Dr. Key completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship with Wellington Orthopaedics/University of Cincinnati.
He enjoys family time, fishing and coaching youth sports. He resides in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife, April, and their four children: Kaelin, Cameron, Carson and Kaiya.