Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Welcomes Three Orthopaedic Surgeons

Atlanta, GA (September 28, 2011) — Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is pleased to announce three new additions to its team of Orthopaedic surgeons: John A. Heflin, M.D., Justin R. Kunes, M.D., and S. Clifton Willimon, M.D.

Dr. Heflin  received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, where he also completed residency in Orthopaedic surgery. He completed his fellowship in pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. A member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Georgia Orthopaedic Society, Dr. Heflin’s areas of interest include hip preservation, minimally invasive hip surgery, correction of angular deformity and length discrepancy of the extremities, scoliosis and thoracic insufficiency.

Dr. Kunes is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio, and completed his residency in Orthopaedic surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He completed two fellowships; the first in pediatric Orthopaedic surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Rainbow Babies Health/MetroHealth in Cleveland, Ohio, and a second in hand and upper extremity surgery at Foundation of Orthopaedic Research and Education/Shriners Hospital in Tampa, Fla. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Society of Surgery for the Hand and Pediatric Orthopaedic Society for North America. Dr. Kunes’s areas of interest include upper extremity injuries, congenital upper extremity differences, sports overuse injuries in the upper extremity, limb length discrepancies, clubfoot, congenital vertical talus, syndactyly, polydactlyly and fibular deficiency.

Dr. Willimon received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Orthopaedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He completed his fellowship in arthroscopy and hip, knee and shoulder sports medicine at The Steadman Clinic and The Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colo. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, a candidate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and one of the United States Ski and Snowboard Team Physicians.  Dr. Willimon’s areas of interest include arthroscopic hip surgery, complex knee, ligament and cartilage reconstruction, shoulder instability and all sports-related injuries. Dr. Willimon will also serve as Medical Director of Orthopaedic Quality and Outcomes.

Together, the team cares for thousands of patients who require specialized medical and surgical treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal diseases, complicated congenital anomalies and deformities and injuries in the southeast and internationally. Children's offers comprehensive services at multiple locations throughout metro Atlanta and the Orthopaedics Program  is comprised of a multidisciplinary team that includes physical therapists, orthotists, prosthetists and certified athletic trainers who all work closely with orthopaedic surgeons.For more information, visit

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Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2011