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J. Christopher Gayton, M.D.


Hand, Elbow, Shoulder, Wrist, Joint Replacement


Dr. J. Christopher Gayton is an orthopedic doctor serving patients in Conway and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As a fellowship-trained hand surgeon, board-certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Gayton specializes in hand and upper extremity care. Dr. Gayton has extensive training and experience in treating injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder, including carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis of the hand, wrist, and shoulder. He also treats fractures of the upper and lower extremity.

Dr. Gayton’s expertise includes wrist arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release, and total shoulder replacement. He offers surgical services to patients as a hand surgeon in Conway at the Conway Medical Center and in Myrtle Beach at the Carolina Bone & Joint Surgery Center.

Dr. Gayton earned his bachelor’s degree in cellular biology at the University of Georgia in Athens. He then went on to complete his medical doctorate at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. 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 is passionate about international medical missions, having served in the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Kenya. He and his wife enjoy traveling and exploring the Grand Strand with their three kids.

Dr. Gayton is available to see hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder patients in Conway.

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    Education & Training

    • Bachelor of Science in Cellular Biology: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
    • Doctor of Medicine: Augusta University Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
    • Internship: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH
    • Research Fellowship: Wright State University, Dayton, OH
    • Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA


    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Professional Associations

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    • Christian Medical & Dental Associations
    • International Hip Fracture Research Collaborative

    Team Affiliations

    • Coastal Carolina University
    • Aynor High School
    • Carolina Forest High School
    • Conway High School
    • Pittsburgh Pirates, 2014 – 2015
    • University of Dayton, 2013 – 2014
    • Wright State University, 2008 – 2014

    Hospital/Surgery Center Affiliations

    • Carolina Bone & Joint Surgery Center
    • Conway Medical Center

    Medical Interests

    • Arthritis of the Hand and Wrist
    • Arthroscopy of the Wrist, Elbow, and Shoulder
    • Hand Rehabilitation
    • Open and Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel
    • Shoulder Arthroplasty
    • Sports Medicine of the Upper Extremity
    • Fractures of the Upper and Lower Extremity
    • 2376 Cypress Circle
      Conway, SC 29526

      Suite 300 – Orthopedics/Occupational & Hand Therapy

      • Phone:
        (843) 353-3460
      • Fax:
        (843) 347-3305
    • “Dr. Gayton was very thorough in explaining what my injury involved, how we would move forward on my recovery, and answering any questions I had. I will strongly recommend him to my friends and anyone in need of orthopedic services.”
      – Teri O.
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