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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgeon Named Medical Director for the Atlanta United Academy


ATLANTA (April 18, 2017) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Atlanta United have named S. Clifton Willimon, MD, Medical Director of the Atlanta United Academy teams. In his role, he will provide pediatric sports medicine and orthopedic care to youth players as part of Children’s role as the Official Pediatric Sports Medicine Program of Atlanta United. He will also support the Atlanta United First Team as a team physician.

Dr. Willimon is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and the Medical Director of Orthopedic Quality and Outcomes at Children’s. He specializes in advanced arthroscopic and reconstructive surgical techniques for the treatment of complex orthopedic disorders of the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow, and sports injuries.

Throughout his career, Dr. Willimon has cared for professional and Olympic athletes, as well as collegiate, high school and recreational athletes. He currently serves as team physician for the East Cobb Yankees and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, and is excited to be a part the Atlanta United Academy family.

“Our clinical team is trained in pediatrics, so we understand the demands and pressures young athletes face as they play sports; and we know they need to be managed differently than adults,” Dr. Willimon said. “Our multidisciplinary team of certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons work in concert to evaluate injured athletes, and determine the best course of treatment to help them return safely to the field.”

Dr. Willimon completed medical school at Emory University School of Medicine and his orthopedic residency at Duke University Medical Center, where he was chief resident and a resident team physician for Duke University Athletics, North Carolina Central University and Hillside High School. During his time at Duke University, he also completed training in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Children’s. After residency, he received specialized training at the Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colo., where he trained under leaders in sports medicine. Dr. Willimon currently collaborates with Georgia Institute of Technology for cartilage research and leads Children’s in several national study groups.

Children’s is the Official Pediatric Healthcare System of Atlanta United and the Official Pediatric Sports Medicine Program of Atlanta United. One of the nation’s largest pediatric healthcare systems, Children’s is home to a nationally ranked sports medicine program that uses leading-edge research to keep athletes, from pre-teens to adolescents, in top physical shape. As the largest healthcare provider for young people in Georgia, Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs, and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country.

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

As the only freestanding pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the trusted leader in caring for kids. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow through more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs, top healthcare professionals, and leading research and technology. Children’s is one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, managing more than one million patient visits annually at three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and neighborhood locations. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has impacted the lives of kids in Georgia, across the United States and around the world for more than 100 years thanks to generous support from the community. Visit www.choa.org for more information.


About Atlanta United

Atlanta United brings Major League Soccer to the Southeast as the league’s 22nd franchise. The club will celebrate its inaugural season in 2017 and will play in the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium currently under construction in Downtown Atlanta. Atlanta United is owned by one of the city’s most influential businessmen and philanthropists, Arthur M. Blank, and is led by Club President Darren Eales. For more information about Atlanta United, including how to purchase season tickets, visit atlutd.com and follow @ATLUTD.

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