S. Clifton Willimon, M.D.

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  • Dr. Cliff Willimon is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon at Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta.  He specializes in disorders of the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow. 

    Dr. Willimon is a native of LaGrange, Georgia.  He graduated summa cum laude from Wofford College in 2001, where he was distinguished with selection to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and was a member of both the student government and judicial commission.  He completed Emory University School of Medicine in 2005, where he was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and selected as president while a senior medical student.

    Dr. Willimon completed his orthopaedic residency at Duke University Medical Center in 2010 having served as a Chief Resident.  While at Duke, he was as a resident team physician for Duke University Athletics, North Carolina Central University, and Hillside High school.  

    From 2010-2011, Dr. Willimon pursued further specialized training at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.  He trained under leaders in sports medicine, including Doctors Marc Philippon, Richard Steadman, Peter Millett, Robert LaPrade, and William Sterett. During this fellowship, Dr. Willimon learned 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.  Here Dr. Willimon cared for professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, NHL, ATP/WTA, and PGA tours in addition to treating collegiate, high school, and recreational athletes. He served as the team physician for the US Women’s Alpine Team at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Competition in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and was a medical provider for the Audi Bird’s of Prey World Cup Ski Race in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and the Dew Tour Ski and Snowboard Competition in Breckenridge, Colorado.

    Given Dr. Willimon’s specialized training and breadth of experience, he performs a unique compliment of surgical treatments when non-surgical treatments have failed:

    adult and pediatric hip arthroscopy
    -revision hip arthroscopy, labral repair and reconstruction, capsular management, femoroplasty, acetabular rim trimming, abductor repairs, snapping hip repair, and hamstring repairs

    complex knee reconstructions
    - ACL, PCL, MCL, posterolateral corner, cartilage transplantation, meniscus  repairs, discoid meniscus repair, proximal tib-fib joint reconstructions, patellar stabilization, and osteotomies

    shoulder and elbow treatment
    -arthroscopic stabilizations for shoulder dislocations/instability, capsular reconstruction,  glenoid reconstruction (Latarjet procedure), sternoclavicular joint reconstruction, ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”), capitellar OCD management including arthroscopic and osteochondral transfer

    In order to manage these complex medical problems, whether the problem requires nonsurgical or surgical care, reaching the correct diagnosis is the first and most critical step to great outcomes. Dr. Willimon firmly believes in listening to his patients so he can better understand their needs, pain, limitations, and goals for recovery. 

    Currently, Dr. Willimon is the Medical Director for Orthopaedic Quality and Outcomes at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Throughout his training, Dr. Willimon has performed orthopaedic research.  He collaborates with Georgia Tech for cartilage research as well as conducts performance outcomes research. He has been published in peer-reviewed journals, written book chapters and review articles, and produced instructional surgical videos.  His work has been presented at multiple national meetings.   

    Dr. Willimon is dedicated to advancing orthopaedic care.  Given his research, he also is a member in several multi-center research groups focused on improving outcomes in children and adolescents with ACL tears, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), and clavicle fractures. These groups are:

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

    Dr. Willimon is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM), and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the Goergia Orthopaedic Society (GOS) and the Piedmont Society.  

    In his local community, he is a member of the Institutional Review Board for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and serves as a board member for the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Georgia Orthopaedic Society.  In addition, he serves as team physician for the East Cobb Yankees and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Dr. Willimon and his wife, Kristen, have two children, McClure and Sam.  When not spending time with his family, Dr. Willimon enjoys many outdoor pursuits.

    Dr. Willimon sees patients at the following locations: AthensDuluth and Meridian Mark.

    To schedule an appointment, call 404-255-1933 or schedule online now.

  • Three Sixteen Professional Quarter, 1181 Langford Dr. Bldg.200 Ste. 101
    Watkinsville, GA 30677
    2270 Duluth Hwy, Suite 100
    Duluth, GA 30097-4012
    5445 Meridian Mark Road, Suite 250
    Atlanta, GA 30342