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Melissa Christino | Education

Undergraduate School

Harvard University

2002, Cambridge, MA

Medical School

New York Medical College

2008, Valhalla, NY


General Surgery

Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital

2009, Providence, RI


Orthopedic Surgery

Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital

2013, Providence, RI


Orthopedic Trauma

Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital

2014, Providence, RI


Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Boston Children's Hospital

2015, Boston, MA

Melissa Christino | Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (General)
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (Sports Medicine)

Melissa Christino | Professional History

Dr. Christino is a board-certified 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 has a long history of involvement with athletics. She was a local 3-sport Hall of Fame Athlete at Hingham High School as well as a Division 1 athlete and coach for the Harvard University Women’s Lacrosse team. Following her medical training, Dr. Christino has provided medical care to athletes from the youth to professional levels and enjoys working with athletes of all ages.

Dr. Christino is active with clinical research and involvement with national organizations. She currently serves as a member of the ACL Performance Measure Workgroup for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). She is also a member of multiple multi-center research study groups, including the PLUTO Study (Pediatric ACL: Understanding Treatment Outcomes) and the PRISM Sport Specialization and Female Athlete Research Interest Groups. Dr. Christino has a particular research interest in the psychological aspects of injury, recovery, and returning to sports after surgery.

Melissa Christino | Media

Answers Blog

After two ACL tears, a skier reconnects with her body and her sport

Answers Blog

Not just a physical thing: The psychology of sports injuries and recovery

Melissa Christino | Publications

Injuries can be tough for young athletes, and as a former athlete myself, this is something I can really relate to. It's important to treat the physical injury, but also to address the emotional and social impact injuries can have. It is my goal to work closely with patients and families to understand their individual goals and work together towards getting athletes back to doing what they love.