Melissa Ann Christino, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon





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.


Childrens Physician Group Orthopaedics

175 White St NW, Ste 200
Marietta, GA 30060
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Childrens Physician Group Orthopaedics

1265 Highway 54 W, Ste 200
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Get Directions 404-255-1933

Childrens Physician Group Orthopaedics

1500 Hudson Bridge Rd
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Get Directions 404-255-1933

Focus of Practice

  • Sports medicine
  • Cartilage preservation
  • Ligament reconstruction

Areas of Interest

  • Sports injuries
  • Dance injuries
  • Arthscopic surgery
  • Orthopaedic trauma

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)

Research Interests

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