Melissa A. Christino, M.D.
- My Specialties
Dr. Melissa 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 is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She was a Division 1 college athlete at Harvard University, where she was the women’s lacrosse leading scorer and helped lead the team to an ECAC championship in 2002. While at Harvard, she majored in psychology and became particularly interested in how attitudes can affect performance, and she incorporates these concepts into her surgical practice today. She graduated from Harvard with magna cum laude honors, and joined the Harvard staff as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach for two additional seasons, prior to beginning her medical training.
Dr. Christino completed her medical education at New York Medical College, where she was active in student leadership and community service, and graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. She went on to complete her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Brown University in Providence, RI. She stayed at Brown for a fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma, where she cared for both adult and pediatric patients. She then sought additional specialized training in pediatric and young adult sports medicine, and completed her second fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at the prestigious Boston Children’s Hospital.
Throughout her orthopaedic residency and fellowship training, Dr. Christino took an active role in research and the sideline management of athletes. She has taken care of athletes from the youth to professional levels, serving as an assistant team physician for multiple high school football teams, Brown University Athletics, Babson College Athletics, the Providence Bruins (NHL development team for the Boston Bruins), and the Boston Ballet. She has also provided medical expertise as a finish line physician at the 2015 Boston Marathon. In terms of her research endeavors, her work has resulted in multiple peer-reviewed journal publications, national presentations, and research awards. She remains very active in ongoing research projects and national societies, and has a particular research interest in the psychological aspects of injury, recovery, and returning to sports after surgery.
In her free time, Dr. Christino enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, photography, and participating in outdoor activities and sports such as biking, hiking, golf, skiing, and paddle boarding.
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