Christopher Hamilton, MD, graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology.
He earned his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988, completing his internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1993. Dr. Hamilton then spent one year at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Inglewood, California, where he completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. During his fellowship, he was an associate team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Loyola Marymount University.
Dr. Hamilton was a clinical instructor of orthopaedic surgery at Yale University from 1992 to 1993, and from 1994-1997, he was an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He was directly involved in the training of medical students and orthopedic residents and fellows. He joined Southern California Orthopedic Institute in 1998.
Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Hamilton is an associate member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and has written numerous research articles focusing on shoulder, elbow, knee, and sports medicine topics, presenting papers both nationally and internationally. His research interests include dynamic stability of the shoulder and elbow, shoulder fractures, and joint replacement, and athletic injuries of the knee, shoulder, and elbow.
He and his wife Susan have three children and live in Bakersfield.
In his free time, Dr. Hamilton enjoys his family, cooking, wine, traveling, recreational golf, and skiing.
Christopher D. Hamilton, MD, is available to see patients in the Bakersfield office.