Helping you get back to living

We are deeply rooted in Central Iowa

Our History

Our humble beginnings started with a conversation between a doctor and a 12 year-old patient in the late 1930’s. Dr. Douglas Gibson, the first orthopedist in Des Moines, asked John Kelly what he wanted to be when he grew up.  After hearing that John wanted to be a doctor, Dr. Gibson suggested he study orthopedics and join him in practice when he completed his training. In 1955, John Kelley, M.D. joined Dr. Gibson and together they founded Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons (DMOS).

When Tradition and Innovation Merge

Over the past 60-plus years, DMOS Orthopaedic Centers has evolved into multi-faceted orthopedic specialty centers in the heart of Central Iowa. Our core beliefs and traditions have remained cemented in the dedication and caring for our patients. We are committed to providing you and your family with the most comprehensive orthopedic care available and delivering on our mission to help you get back to living.

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Taking care of you from neck to toe

Joint, bone or ligament injuries require expert orthopedic care to guide you on the best course of treatment. Treatment may involve consultation, medication, splints, casts, physical therapy and/or surgical procedures.
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Years of Excellence

Our doctors have advanced training in their respective specialties

All of our doctors are Board Certified or Board Eligible. Additionally, our Physician Assistants and Physical & Hand Therapy teams are the best in their field which allows DMOS to be the preferred choice for comprehensive orthopedic care in central Iowa.


The doctors and staff at Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons create a caring environment with the highest degree of orthopedic care. When you’re hurt and need orthopedic care, we have the team who can help you get back to living.