John C. Ellis, MD, FACS - Retired

Board-Certified: American Board of Otolaryngology

Professional Biography


University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Bachelor of Arts, Biology

UMKC School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine

Truman Medical Center - General Surgery
Children’s Mercy Hospital

Mayo Graduate School of Medicine – Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

Activities & Organizations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • American Medical Association
  • Metropolitan Medical Association
  • Missouri Medical Association
  • Mayo Alumni Association
  • Independence Chamber of Commerce

Honors & Awards

  • 1987: Chairman of Surgery, St. Mary’s Hospital - Blue Springs, MO
  • 1989:  Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • 1990: Chairman of Surgery, Independence Regional Health Center- Independence, MO
  • 1992: Chairman of Surgery, Medical Center of Independence- Independence, MO
  • 1993: Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Kansas University School of Medicine
  • 1994-1998: Board of Trustees – Independence Regional Health Center
  • 1995-1997: President of the Medical Staff – Independence Regional Health Cent
  • 2001-2004: Board of Directors – Carondelet Health System
  • 2003: Past President of the Medical Staff and Medical Director of Surgery – St. Mary’s Hospital
  • 2006-2007: Chairman of Surgery, Saint Luke’s East – Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Present: President-Elect St. Luke’s East Medical Staff

Advanced Training/Specialties

  • Dive Medicine Problems
  • Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Minimally Invasive Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

Active Staff

  • St. Mary’s Hospital
    Blue Springs, MO
  • St. Mary’s Surgical Center
    Blue Springs, MO
  • Centerpoint Medical Center
    Independence, MO
  • Centerpoint Ambulatory Surgery Center
    Independence, MO
  • Saint Luke’s East
    Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Saint Luke’s East Surgicenter
    Lee’s Summit, MO

Additional Information

Dr. Ellis’ philosophy is to listen carefully to his patients, provide thorough examinations, order tests judiciously and then explain and teach his patients how to stay healthy.  He enjoys getting to know his patients and their families.  He stays in close communication with the patient’s primary care physicians to coordinate care and minimize duplication of effort for the patient.