Samuel Clifton Willimon, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon





Following a fellowship at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute where he trained under leaders in sports medicine, Dr. Willimon returned to Atlanta as 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. 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 serves as team physician for the East Cobb Yankees, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and the Atlanta Ballet, as well as medical director of the Atlanta United Academy teams and team physician for the Atlanta United First Team. Dr. Willimon currently collaborates with Georgia Institute of Technology for cartilage research and leads Children’s in several national study groups. He is a consulting associate for the Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and many outdoor pursuits.


Childrens Physician Group Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

5445 Meridian Mark Rd NE, Ste 250
Atlanta, GA 30342
Get Directions 404-255-1933

Childrens Physician Group Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

1181 Langford Drive, Bldg 200 Suite 101
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Get Directions 706-850-8750

Childrens Physician Group Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Childrens at Duluth, 2270 Duluth Hwy GA 120 Suite 100
Duluth, GA 30097
Get Directions 404-255-1933

Focus of Practice

  • Sports medicine
  • Cartilage preservation
  • Arthroscopic hip reconstruction

Areas of Interest

  • Arthroscopic surgery of the hip
  • Complex hip arthroscopy
  • Complex knee ligament and cartilage reconstruction
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Orthopaedic trauma and sports related injuries

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

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, Hip arthroscopy in adolescents, • Osteochondritis disseacans (OCD), Clavicle fractures, Research in OsteoChondritis of the Knee (ROCK), Function After Clavicle Trauma and Surgery (FACTS), Pediatric ACL: Understanding Treatment Outcomes (PLUTO)


Meet Dr. Willimon

Cliff Willimon, MD, is the Medical Director of Orthopedic Quality and Outcomes at Children's, as well as Medical Director for the Atlanta United Academy Team and team physician for the Atlanta United First Team. Watch Dr. Willimon describe why it’s important where you take your athlete for sports injuries and how Children’s is actively involved in research efforts to help improve patient outcomes.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Aleks' Story

When Aleks Golde was in middle school, she was a three-season athlete playing volleyball, basketball and soccer. But when she grew more than 6 inches in one year and injured both of her knees, she was forced to the sidelines.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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

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.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Alison's Story

Alison Cappas had just made the cut for her high school soccer team when injury struck. During one of the last tournaments of the season with her club soccer team, she collided with another player and they both went down hard. She heard and felt a telltale pop in her knee. She had torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL).

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground Insider: Dr. Cliff Willimon

As part of our Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground Insider series, Atlanta United is taking a look at the people behind the scenes that keep their teams ready for matchday. This week’s focus is on Dr. Cliff Willimon, the man making sure the players are safe and healthy to take the field.

Atlanta United FC

Pace's Golde Overcomes Injuries, Finds Home On Golf Course

Pace Academy golfer Aleks Golde has taken a unique path to lead her team to an appearance in this year’s state championship competition.

Northside Neighbor

Owen Pappoe’s Strength Led to a Speedy Recovery and Stellar Junior Season at Grayson

Dr. Willimon repaired a teen linebackers's hip, helping him rehabilitate his core muscles and regain strength to return to the football field.

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