Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgeon Named Medical Director of The Atlanta United Academy


ATLANTA (April 18, 2017) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Atlanta United have named S. Clifton Willimon, M.D. as medical director of the club’s Academy teams. In his role, he will provide pediatric sports medicine and orthopaedic care to youth players as part of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’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 orthopaedic surgeon and the Medical Director of Orthopaedic Quality and Outcomes at Children’s. He specializes in advanced arthroscopic and reconstructive surgical techniques for the treatment of complex orthopaedic disorders of the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow as well as 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,” said S. Clifton Willimon, M.D., medical director for Atlanta United Academy. “Our multidisciplinary team of certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports medicine physicians and orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic 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, he also completed training in pediatric orthopaedic 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 health care 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.

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About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than a million patient visits annually at three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. 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 downtown. 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: www.atlutd.com, and follow @ATLUTD.

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