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, Dr. Rios 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 for all the student athletes at Florida International University.
Dr. Rios returned to Connecticut to join Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, P.C. in 2010. He is board certified, and 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. He is currently the team physician for Glastonbury High School. He maintains a clinical appointment with the University of Connecticut, instructing orthopedic surgery residents. Dr. Rios has authored multiple journal articles and book chapters, and his research has been presented at national orthopedic surgery conferences. Professional affiliations include the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Rios regularly attends national meetings and courses to remain current with the latest techniques and trends in orthopedic care.
Dr. Rios is married and lives in West Hartford. Personal interests include family, supporting animal rescue, skiing, and ice hockey.