S. Clifton Willimon, MD

Clifton Willimon

Undergraduate: Wofford College, 2001
Medical education: Emory University School of Medicine, MD, 2005
Residency: Duke University Medical Center, Orthopaedics, 2010
Fellowship: Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Sports Medicine, 2011

Dr. Willimon is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in disorders of the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow. He currently serves as the Medical Director for Orthopaedic Quality and Outcomes at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Team Physician of the Atlanta United. Dr. Willimon practices advanced arthroscopic and reconstructive surgical techniques for the treatment of complex disorders of the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow as well as all sports-related injuries. Dr. Willimon has cared for professional athletes in addition to treating collegiate, high school and recreational athletes. Dr. Willimon’s performs a unique compliment of surgical treatments when nonsurgical treatments have failed including, adult and pediatric hip arthroscopy, complex knee reconstructions and shoulder and elbow treatment.

When he is not spending time with his family, Dr. Willimon enjoys many outdoor pursuits.

Clinic locations

Areas of focus

  • Sports medicine
  • Cartilage preservation 
  • Arthroscopic hip reconstruction

Clinical interests

  • Arthroscopic surgery of the hip
  • Complex knee ligament reconstruction
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Sports injuries

Research interests

  • ACL reconstructions in children and adolescents
  • Hip arthroscopy in adolescents
  • Microfracture in the growing knee
  • Femoracetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Arthroscopic suture fixation of tibial spine fractures
  • Evidence-based sports medicine

Dr. Willimon is also a member of several multi-center research groups focused on improving outcomes in children and adolescents with ACL tears, osteochondritis disseacans (OCD) and clavicle fractures.

  • Research in OsteoChondritis of the Knee (ROCK)
  • Function After Clavicle Trauma and Surgery (FACTS)
  • Pediatric ACL: Understanding Treatment Outcomes (PLUTO)


Professional affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Association of Clinical Research Professionals
  • International Society for Hip Arthroscopy
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine
  • Georgia Orthopaedic Society