Clifford G. Rios, MD

Clifford G. Rios, MD


Sports Medicine
Trauma / Fractures

Contact Information

Phone: 860-549-8295
Fax: 860-244-1088

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Dr. Clifford Rios is a Connecticut native. He grew up in South Windsor and attended the University of Connecticut where he studied physiology and neurobiology and graduated as class Valedictorian. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. As a resident in orthopedic surgery at the University of Connecticut, he was awarded as a well-rounded resident, mentor and role model. Dr. Rios obtained sub-specialty training in advanced arthroscopy and orthopedic sports medicine at the UHZ Sports Medicine Institute in Coral Gables, Florida. Here, he worked as assistant team physician for the Florida Panthers professional ice hockey team and Florida International University, and provided orthopedic care for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and members of the Jamaican Olympic Team.

Dr. Rios returned to Connecticut to join Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, P.C. in 2010. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and has obtained additional subspecialty board certification in sports medicine. He specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery, as well as fracture care. Particular interests include complex knee ligament reconstruction, meniscus and cartilage work, as well as treatment of rotator cuff disease and instability of the shoulder. Since joining Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, Dr. Rios has performed thousands of arthroscopic and other sports medicine procedures. Dr. Rios' current medical team coverage includes Hall and Conard High Schools in West Hartford. He worked as team physician for Glastonbury High School from 2011-2013 and he provided orthopedic medical coverage for the P&G USA Gymnastics Tour of Champions in the summer of 2013 as well as the Hartford Wolfpack professional ice hockey team.

He maintains a clinical appointment with the University of Connecticut and serves as the site director for Orthopedic Surgery resident education at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Rios has authored multiple journal articles and book chapters, and his research has been presented at national orthopedic surgery conferences. His professional affiliations include the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Connecticut Orthopedic Society. Dr. Rios regularly attends national meetings and courses to remain current with the latest techniques and trends in orthopedic care.

Dr. Rios is married with one daughter and twin boys and lives in Farmington. Personal interests include family, travel, supporting animal rescue, skiing, and ice hockey.

Medical School:    University of Connecticut School of Medicine 2000-2004 MD
Residency:    University of Connecticut School of Medicine 2004-2009 Orthopedics
Fellowship:    UHZ Sports Medicine Institute 2009-2010 Sports Medicine

Curriculum Vitae

Glastonbury Surgery Center

Hartford Hospital

Orthopedic Associates Surgery Center

Southington Surgery Center

Meet Dr. Rios.

Patient Testimonial- ACL injury in young female soccer player.

Dr. Rios discusses injury prevention for gymnasts with Fox News.


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