Dr. Tarbox completed his undergraduate degree at Kansas State University where he was also a member of the varsity baseball team. He earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Tarbox completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Following his training in general surgery, Dr. Tarbox joined the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a resident in orthopaedic surgery. Continuing to develop his sports medicine interest, he went on to complete his fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Tarbox joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2001 and specializes in the practice of sports medicine and arthroscopy with special interests in the arthroscopic surgical approach to the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow and the ankle.

He is the team physician for the nationally ranked University of Missouri-Columbia wrestling team along with several other colleges and high schools around mid-Missouri.

Dr. Tarbox is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Missouri State Orthopaedic Society.

Other individuals working directly with Dr. Tarbox on his team are Dan Stockman, ATC/OTC, administrative assistant, Julee West, and Tricia Massey, LPN.

Dr. Tarbox and his wife, Janna, have two children, Leia and Kylee. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, riding horses, reading, watching movies and participating in church activities.