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J. Christopher Gayton, M.D.
Verified Patient Rating: 4.92 (62 patient reviews and ratings)
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Hand, Elbow, Shoulder, and Wrist

"My goal is to provide compassionate and quality care tailored to each individual patient."

Dr. J. Christopher Gayton joined Coastal Orthopedics in September 2015. He earned his bachelor of science degree in cellular biology at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He then went on to complete his doctorate of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia – Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Gayton completed an internship at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and his orthopedic surgery residency training at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

While in his residency, Dr. Gayton completed a research fellowship with Wright State University. Wanting to specialize further, he underwent hand and upper extremity fellowship training at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Gayton enjoys waterskiing, hunting, snow skiing, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs. He and his wife are passionate about international medical missions, having served in the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Kenya. They are excited to be setting roots back in the Southeast with their two young daughters.


  • The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 2003

Medical School

  • Medical College of Georgia – Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia, 2007


  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2008

Residency, Orthopedic Surgery

  • Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 2014


  • Research, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 2010
  • Hand and Upper Extremity, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2015

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Christian Medical & Dental Associations
  • International Hip Fracture Research Collaborative

Team Affiliations

  • Wright State University, 2008-2014
  • University of Dayton, 2013-2014
  • Pittsburgh Pirates, 2014-2015

Medical Interests

  • Open and Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel
  • Arthroscopy of the Wrist, Elbow, and Shoulder
  • Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • Arthritis of the Hand and Wrist
  • Hand Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine of the Upper Extremity

Phone: (843) 347-7222

Office: Conway, South Carolina

"I was experiencing severe pain in my hands with significant swelling and having extreme difficulty performing my job as a chemotherapy infusion nurse. I called your office for an appointment and was given one for 6 days later. I thought that was great! Then the person I spoke with informed me about your Ortho Clinic offered  from 5-7pm Monday through Thursday. I went to the clinic that day and was seen by a provider and given a script for some steroids to help reduce the inflammation. I was impressed and pleased with Dr. Gayton and the treatment I received at my 1st appointment. I appreciated that he treated me with respect as a longtime medical professional-as a nurse for the last 41 years. That meant a lot to me.  My surgical procedure was conducted very efficiently with all parties involved being helpful and caring professionals. I'm still being followed by Dr. Gayton and receiving some hand therapy at Coastal Rehab.  So far I'm happy to say that my experience with Coastal Orthopedics has been great and I have shared it with some friends and acquaintances and recommend your practice to them. Thank you for all you do." – Anne W.