Vail Valley Surgery Centers are now open. In an effort to protect our patients, community and staff, we have updated our visitor policy. For surgical procedures, patients' designated ride/care provider will now only be allowed to enter the building when the patient is ready to be sent home. Only one adult per patient will be allowed. For minor procedures, including pain injections and GI endoscopy, no visitors will be allowed to enter (patient drop off and pick up only). We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Thomas Clanton M.D.


Specialty: Orthopaedics

Contact Phone: (970) 476-1100

Languages: English

Education: Baylor College of Medicine

Residency: The University of Texas Health Science Center

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Biography
Dr. Thomas O. Clanton is the director of foot and ankle sports medicine for The Steadman Clinic. He is recognized for his work as an orthopaedic surgeon, and specializes in sports and traumatic injuries to the lower extremities, with an emphasis on the foot and ankle. Dr. Clanton was selected as one of the "Top Doctors in America" by U.S. News and World Report in 2012 - a list which is comprised of less than just 1% of physicians in the entire U.S.

Dr. Clanton received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1976, and completed a five-year orthopaedic residency program at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Before Dr. Clanton started his own successful practice, he received additional foot and ankle training in Oakland, CA under Roger A. Mann, MD, and later in Jackson, WY under the direction of John Feagin, MD, Ken Lambert, MD, and Bill Mott, MD.

During his career, Dr. Clanton has held countless academic appointments and has served on a number of committees and organizations. Among these roles, he was chief of orthopaedic surgery and co-medical director of The Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, and was the professor of orthopaedic surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Clanton joined The Steadman Clinic in August of 2009 after successfully running a private practice in Houston, Texas for more than two decades.

An expert in arthroscopic foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Clanton uses this approach for many sports-related, genetic, and degenerative conditions of the foot and ankle. Some of these conditions include syndesmosis, high ankle sprains, Lisfranc injuries, Jones fracture, claw toes, hallux valgus, hallux rigidus, turf toe, navicular stress fracture, osteochondritis dissecans of the talus, and osteochondral lesions of the talus, to name a few.

As one of only 10 surgeons in the United States, and the only surgeon in the entire state of Colorado who participated in the FDA Investigational Study of the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement, Dr. Clanton is a pioneer in ankle replacement surgery. He has lectured extensively on this subject and taught basic and advanced courses to other orthopaedic surgeons who are learning the technique.

Dr. Clanton has treated athletes from collegiate and professional sports teams and organizations. He is currently the team physician for Rice University in Houston, and serves as the medical consultant for the NBA's Houston Rockets and the NFL's Houston Texans.

Dr. Clanton is in constant demand as a host and keynote speaker for countless medical meetings and conferences throughout the world. He currently oversees the Foot and Ankle Fellowship Training Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute where he is the director of foot and ankle research and serves as the co-director of the Athletic Training Fellowship Program at The Steadman Clinic. He was recently appointed to be one of three foot and ankle surgeons representing the United States on the International Foot and Ankle Society Board of Directors.

Dr. Clanton is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons since 1986. He holds a faculty member position for Arthrex, and is a member of the American Medical Association, the Christian Medical and Dental Society, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Orthopaedic Association, the Texas Orthopaedic Association, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and the Texas Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Clanton and his wife, Kay, live in Edwards, Colorado. He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, running, skiing, golfing and fly fishing.