Getting the Most Out of Life

OUTdrive Episode 121 with Dr. Doug Kiburz

OUTdrive Episode 121 with Dr. Doug Kiburz

Some people just know how to get the most out of life. You know the ones – who are always pursuing a new hobby or interest. They are involved in community boards and organizations. They are always in the know about the next big thing in town, most likely because they were part of the process to establish it. We often refer to them as movers and shakers, and our guest today is one of those people. In this episode, we hear from Dr. Doug Kiburz, a small-town orthopedic surgeon and true Renaissance Man.

Dr. Kiburz attended Medical School at the University of Nebraska and completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Kansas before heading to the University of Virginia for both his arthroscopic, hand, and sports medicine fellowship. Along with a successful career as a surgeon, Dr. Kiburz is an accomplished author, sculptor, traveler, and high-wheeled cyclist. He has also been involved in impactful community projects, such as the Trail’s End monument, “Mentor Town USA,” and his most recent project, the Mozark Missouri Music Festival, which has roots of nearly 50-years.

Tune into this episode to learn more about Dr. Kiburz’s varied interests, perspectives, and historic community projects.


  • 2:15 – Doug shares his background and growing up in rural Nebraska
  • 5:00 – What led Doug to pursue a career in medicine and why he chose to practice in a rural community
  • 7:45 – How technology and review websites have impacted Doug during his years in practice
  • 10:00 – What the levels of hospital trauma certifications mean in terms of service to the community
  • 11:15 – What Doug does during his free time: maintaining his property, serving on boards, hosting foreign exchange students, writing books, and so much more
  • 12:30 – Where Doug’s inspiration comes from
  • 14:30 – Details behind the Trail’s End project in Sedalia
  • 17:30 – Doug’s involvement in the development of “Mentor Town USA” as a pipeline into the school district program that helps prepare youth for their future career path
  • 24:00 – What Doug would be doing if he wasn’t in the medical field
  • 26:30 – Doug and Cliff discuss the inspiration behind and the details of the Mozark Music Festival in 2024 and the Peace, Love and Halloween concert on October 29, 2022 (
  • 33:00 – Doug shares his passion for cycling, specifically high-wheeled cycling
  • 36:00 – Doug describes what he loves about living in rural America