Christopher S. Klifto grew up outside Philadelphia. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where he received a degree in Chemical and Biomechanical Engineering. He received his medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and completed his Orthopaedic residency and Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship at NYU- Hospital for Joint Diseases.


His primary focus is treating various upper extremity pathology. He specializes arthritic conditions of the upper extremity including shoulder and other upper extremity joiunt replacements. He also performs many minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures including shoulder, elbow and wrist arthroscopy. He enjoys treating other conditions of the upper extremity including labrum and tendon disorders such as rotator cuff repairs and shoulder tendon transfers, along with other tendon transfers of the upper extremity. He has extensive training with trauma of the upper extremity and is a large clinical focus of his practice. He also treats nerve compression disorders such as carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome, nerve injuries, trigger fingers. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Duke University. He has published articles in nationally recognized publications on many conditions of the upper extremity and continues to actively conduct clinical research and contribute to national textbooks.


Dr. Klifto serves as the division lead of shoulder and elbow surgery at the Durham VA in addition to his clinical practice at Duke Orthopaedics/North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic.


Dr. Klifto lives in Durham with his wife Meredith, an Ophthalmologist. He has three wonderful daughters (Madeline, Anna, and Grace) and a labradoodle named Goose that are the joys of his life. He enjoys golf, fishing, skiing, tennis, kite boarding and professional and collegiate sports.