Melissa A. Christino, MD

Melissa Christino

Undergraduate: Harvard University, 2002
Medical education: New York Medical College, MD, 2008
Residency: Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2013
Fellowship: Brown University Rhode Island Hospital, Orthopaedic Trauma, 2014
Fellowship: Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard University, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, 2015

Dr. Christino is an orthopaedic surgeon who is dual-fellowship trained in orthopaedic trauma and sports medicine. She specializes in fracture care as well as pediatric and young adult sports medicine injuries, including disorders of the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder and elbow. Dr. Christino has a particular research interest in the psychological aspects of injury, recovery and returning to sports after surgery.

Dr. Christino has a long history of involvement with athletics. She was a Division 1 athlete and coach for the Harvard University women's lacrosse team. Additionally, she has provided medical care to athletes from the youth to professional levels. She is currently the team physician for Pope High School Athletics and has served as a team physician for Brown University Athletics, Babson College Athletics, the Providence Bruins, the Boston Ballet and the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Dr. Christino is active with clinical research and is involved with national organizations. She currently serves as a member of the ACL Performance Measure Workgroup for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOC).

In her free time, Dr. Christino enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, photography and participating in outdoor activities and sports, including biking, hiking and golf.

Clinic locations

Areas of focus

  • Sports medicine
  • Cartilage preservation
  • Ligament reconstruction

Clinical interests

  • Sport injuries
  • Dance injuries
  • Arthroscopic surgery 
  • Orthopaedic trauma

Research interests

  • ACL reconstruction in children and adolescents
  • Revision ACL reconstructions in pediatric and adolescent patients
  • Psychological aspects of recovery following sports injuries


Professional affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medial Honor Society (AOA)
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RUOS)