dr chris eckland

Board-Certified & Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic
Knee & Shoulder Expert

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Dr. Chris Eckland:

Dr. Chris Eckland is a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder, sports medicine, knee, and fracture care.

Formerly with Mid-America Orthopedics KC, Dr. Eckland joined Sano Orthopedics on Nov 1, 2021. 


Dr. Christopher Eckland is a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Sano Orthopedics. He specializes in knee, shoulder, sports medicine, and fracture care.

Dr. Eckland is a native of Kansas City and graduated high school at Shawnee Mission Northwest. He then attended Kansas State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology. He then went on to earn his D.O. from, the now, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery through Michigan State University at Botsford Hospital outside of Detroit, Michigan. While in residency he was selected as the chief resident in his last year. He then went on to receive specialized, advanced training in Sports Medicine at Orthopedic Research of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. During this year, he specialized in the care of athletes at all levels, which included the Washington Redskins, multiple local high schools, and the Special Olympics.

Dr. Eckland maintains a wide skill set in his expertise in orthopedics. He focuses on open and arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder and knee. He provides surgical and nonsurgical care of fractures. Dr. Eckland performs numerous knee and shoulder replacements including unicompartmental knee replacements. His patients describe him as caring, friendly, professional, and honest.

Aside from his orthopedic practice, Dr. Eckland is a devoted husband and father of 2 children. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and spending time at the lake.


– Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences, Kansas City, MO

– Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Michigan State University – Botsford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan

– Fellowship:

  • Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Research of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

– Board Certifications:

  • American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Awards & Affiliations
  • Member of American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Osteopathic Association, Kansas Medical Society
  • Ingram’s 2021 “50 Kansans You Should Know” 
  • American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery – Clinical Board certification Examiner, 2012- present
  • Ottawa University Team Physician, 2019-2020
  • Medical Executive Committee President – Miami County Medical Center, Jan 2016- Dec 2017; Medical Staff President – Miami County Medical Center, Jan 2016- Dec 2017
  • Chief of Surgery – Miami County Medical Center, Jan 2014- Jan 2018
  • Associate Clinical Professor Orthopedic Surgery residency – University of Kansas – Wichita, 2009 – 2011
Interests & Hobbies

Dr. Eckland is a native of Kansas City and graduated high school at Shawnee Mission Northwest. Aside from his orthopedic practice, Dr. Eckland is a devoted husband and father of 2 children. He enjoys being with his family, traveling, and spending time at the lake.


Dr. Eckland sees patients in our Leawood, KS, and Paola, KS, offices.

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Dr. Eckland’s Specialties

Fracture Care

A fracture signifies a break in the bone. Although typically very small, these fractures can result in a large amount of pain and potential complications. It is important to seek professional treatment for a fracture in order to set the bone properly before it begins to heal. Dr. Eckland has a special interest in fracture care for kids and adults.

Shoulder Reconstruction

A shoulder joint replacement treats an arthritic shoulder joint. The procedure is usually recommended to treat severe shoulder arthritis that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment options. Dr. Christopher Eckland’s focus on shoulder care has restored function to patients over the past 15 years.

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Knee Ligament Repair & Reconstruction

(ACL, MCL, ALL, PCL, Meniscus Injuries) The knee is made up of many ligaments. Depending on the injury and lifestyle of the patient, conservative treatment or surgery may be necessary to provide stabilization of the knee. Our goal at Sano Orthopedics is to individualize your treatment plan through evidence-based medicine to maximize your chance to return to function without the risk of re-injury.

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Rotator Cuff Repair

A sudden fall, accident or heavy lifting may cause a tear or partial tear to the rotator cuff. Depending on the injury, conservative treatment or surgery may be recommended.  Dr. Eckland specializes in shoulder arthroscopy surgery with a primary focus on Rotator Cuff repair.

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Pediatric Fractures

Many pediatric orthopedic injuries can be treated solely by external stabilization of the bone in a brace, cast, or splint.  In some instances, surgical intervention is necessary for a full recovery. Dr. Eckland is an expert in sports injuries and fracture care, which includes kids.  His primary goal is to promote healing of the bone in a normal position. 

Sports Injuries

Even the safest of athletes can sometimes encounter joint wear and tear or an injury that can leave them watching from the sidelines. Dr. Eckland obtained a sports medicine fellowship at the Orthopedic Research of Virginia in Richmond, VA, and has been putting this training to use in treating athletes of all ages. 

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Knee Joint Replacements

Typically, arthritis is the most common reason for knee replacement surgery to be performed. Dr. Eckland is a board-certified knee specialist who has helped many patients return to function after knee replacement surgery.

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MAO joins Sano

Mid-America Orthopedics KC Joins Sano Orthopedics

We welcome our colleagues from MAO-KC who, like all of us at Sano, believe that compassionate, value-based care, innovative techniques, and prevention of injuries are the future of orthopedic health. Through this partnership, Sano can improve access and care to more patients. It’s about delivering the right care at the right time in the right setting.”

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shoulder FAQ eckland

Dr. Eckland: Shoulder Replacement FAQ

Considering joint replacement is a big decision, we want our patients to be as informed as possible about the process and what to expect before making the final call.

Dr. Chris Eckland, a sports medicine physician at Sano Orthopedics, reviews some important information about Shoulder Replacement and keys to success


Dr. Eckland and Joint Replacement

Sano Orthopedics is at the forefront of modern advancements and technologies in joint replacements.

Dr. Chris Eckland specializes in knee replacements, which include robotic knee replacement.  While robotic knee surgery does NOT involve a robot doing your surgery, the procedure does involve the assistance of a robotic arm. 

My visit to your Office feeling like I received true resort to my problem and health. Dr I can Thank you ENOUGH , All my friends and family will know of you. Thanks, Dr. Chris Eckland.


Brodie, Google review

Friendly staff. Dr Eckland took the time to answer all my questions and thoroughly explained treatment options. I would recommend Dr. Eckland for your orthopedic problems

Norene, Google Review

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