Samuel Clifton Willimon, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon


Primary Specialty

Orthopedic Surgery

Other Specialty

Sports Medicine


Medical School:
Emory University School of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Childrens Orthopaedics of Atlanta, PC
Steadman Hawkins Clinic


Pubmed Profile




Following a fellowship at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute where he trained under leaders in sports medicine, S. Clifton Willimon, MD, returned to Atlanta as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and specializes in disorders of the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow. He specializes in advanced arthroscopic and reconstructive surgical techniques for the treatment of complex orthopedic 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 Atlanta Ballet, as well 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 University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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

Learn more about Dr. Willimon's research.

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


Childrens Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Childrens at Meridian Mark, 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 404-255-1933

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

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Research & Publications

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)

In the News

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.

Gwinnett Daily Post

Children’s orthopedic surgeons are paving the way in ACL reconstruction research

A team of orthopedic surgeons at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have published a study on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repairing practices and introduce a new technique to reduce the chances of a tear in the future. Children’s is consistently studying patients’ outcomes and revising practices based on new statistics, demonstrating that the focus is always making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

Orthopedics This Week

Getting Denzel Back on the Court After an ACL Injury

After 16-year-old Denzel King tore his ACL by landing badly during a jump at a basketball scrimmage, he was referred to Children’s top ranked sports medicine specialists. At Children’s, they used an innovative surgical technique and functional testing to guide Denzel back onto the court.

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