A note from Erin: It is an honor for us to dedicate the first annual CoMo Wellness Conference to Dr. William Trumbower. Dr. Trumbower was an amazing doctor who was able to help so many of us when no one else could. He put his arm around us (both literally and figuratively) and gave us the knowledge, the encouragement, and the hope we needed to get well. I know that I am one of many who attributes him with saving my life. He is deeply missed.


William D. Trumbower, MD, FACOG
June 1, 1945 – March 4, 2016

William D. Trumbower, MD, FACOG, received his medical degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine in 1971 and completed his residency at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. He left the University of Missouri in 1977 to start a private practice, eventually joining Women’s Health Associates in 1995. During his 42-year career in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Trumbower delivered more than 9,000 babies, practiced high risk obstetrics, and was a highly skilled gynecologic surgeon. He had a passion for wellness and for medicine in all its forms, and received a comprehensive certification in hyperbaric medicine and wound management in 2013. Other than his family and obstetrics/gynecology, his greatest passion in life was wellness, including lifestyle modification for improved quality of life, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, natural thyroid and endocrine therapies and a myriad of other cutting-edge methods to improve the overall health and wellbeing of patients, friends and family.

The last phase of his career was spent at Pela Cura Anti-Aging & Wellness with his daughter, Elisabeth, RN, Licensed Aesthetician and owner, fulfilling a dream he and Elisabeth shared for over 10 years: to create an integrated clinic providing holistic and preventive care for both men and women. Dr. Trumbower felt that modern American medicine had become too focused on treating the symptoms of disease with pharmaceuticals rather than finding and treating the root cause of patients’ symptoms. By focusing on the wellness of the whole person and truly listening to his patients rather than solely relying on lab test results, Dr. Trumbower grew a fiercely loyal patient base, most of whom had life changing results thanks to his devoted care, and many of whom had been his patients for over 30 years. Paleolithic nutrition, natural thyroid replacement and a total lifestyle overhaul had drastically changed his own life, helping him shed the extra weight he had carried for much of his life and allowed him to stop taking statins, blood pressure medication and other pharmaceuticals. He wanted his patients to experience positive changes as well. In fact, Dr. Trumbower was known for helping patients who are frequently unable to find answers or help through conventional medicine.

Dr. William D. Trumbower was board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active member of the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He was a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, the Missouri State Medical Association, the Society of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeons, and a founding member of the Dalton Society, named after Dr. Katharina Dalton, a pioneering British physician who coined the term “premenstrual syndrome” (PMS) and advocated treating both PMS and postpartum depression with natural progesterone. Dr. Trumbower spent time in England studying with Dr. Dalton in the early 1980s, learning her groundbreaking methods. He was an internationally-recognized expert in thyroid and bioidentical hormones—in 2015, patients from as far away as India called to schedule appointments for themselves and their entire family—and an in-demand speaker for medical practitioners as well as non-medical groups. In 2014, Janie Bowthorpe, author of international best-seller “Stop the Thyroid Madness”, asked a group of top thyroid experts to contribute to her newest book, “Stop the Thyroid Madness II”, and Dr. Trumbower was proud to be among those experts, writing a chapter focused on the relationship between nutrition/diet and thyroid function.

Dr. Trumbower not only served his community through medicine, but also served his country in the 5503rd U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps from 1971 to 1981. He was married to Eva W. Trumbower for 44 wonderful years and is the proud grandfather of two remarkable granddaughters—the light of his life—by son and daughter-in-law, William W. Trumbower and Eliza D. Trumbower.  He spent the last 6 months of his earthly life practicing medicine with daughter Elisabeth, spending time with his family and enjoying the simple things in life he loved most, including picking up his granddaughters from school, gardening with wife Eva and attending the early service at church. He was known by friends, patients and family as a humble, funny, generous and kind man, dedicated to his faith and his family and happiest when surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.  Dr. William D. Trumbower passed away from an aggressive form of renal cancer on March 4, 2016, surrounded by his loving family at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri.


Best Author Recipient, Inside Columbia Magazine (2015)
Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2012 – 2014)
Patients’ Choice Award (2008 – 2014)
Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Year Honoree (2014)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010 – 2014)
Top 10 Doctor – City (Multiple years), Columbia, Missouri
Golden Apple Award for Teaching Russell Sheldon Award for Anesthesia