Christopher A. Prato, MD

Christopher A. Prato, MD
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Specialties: Ankle, Elbow, Hip, Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine

Dr. Christopher Prato is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in ankle, elbow, hip, joint replacement, knee, shoulder, and sports medicine care. He began practicing at Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center in 2008.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he received his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thereafter, Dr. Prato completed his internship at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Following his internship, Dr. Prato completed his residency in orthopaedics at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Dr. Prato is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

When Dr. Prato is not seeing patients, he enjoys boating, exercising, golf, tennis, and spending time with his kids.

Charlotte Magazine recognized Dr. Prato as a Top Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2023.



    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Summa Cum Laude, WI, 1993

    Medical School

    Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 1997


    St. Luke’s Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, 1997-1999

    Residency, Orthopaedics

    UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, NC, 1999-2002


    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Professional Memberships

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Southern Orthopaedic Association
    North Carolina Orthopaedic Association


    Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Honor Society

    Team Affiliations

    Hunter Huss High School

    Medical Interests

    Shoulder Arthroscopy
    Hip Arthroscopy
    Ankle Arthroscopy
    Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
    Elbow Arthroscopy
    Knee Arthroscopy
    Joint Replacement Surgery
    Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
    Rotator Cuff Repair
    Shoulder Labrum Repair
    Knee Ligament Reconstruction
    ACL Reconstruction
    Cortisone Injections 

    2345 Court Drive
    Gastonia, NC 28054
    United States

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