Christopher N. Walton, MD
"I moved to Eugene for the schools, the people, the excellent medical community, and for the easy access to the outdoors. As I look back at these 'requirements,' I continue to marvel at and enjoy the opportunities we all have. To be able to contribute to the advancement of medical care in our community is a unique privilege. I've transitioned from being a runner to a cyclist and have become a connoisseur of Pinot Noir. It's hard to imagine living anywhere else."
Education and Training
- Fellowship: Utah State University Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Western Surgery Center, Logan, UT, 1991
- Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1986-1990; Newington Children's Hospital, Newington, CT, 1988; Veteran's Administration Hospital, White River Junction, VT, 1990
- Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, Medical Doctorate, 1985
- Post Graduate: California State University, Hayward, CA, Cell Biology, 1981
- Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles/Berkeley, CA, Bachelor of Science, Conservation of Natural Resources, 1975
- Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners
- Licensed by the Oregon State Board of Medical Examiners
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- International Cartilage Research Society
- Oregon Association of Orthopaedists
- Lane County Medical Association
Hospital Staff Privileges
- Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, OR
- McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, OR
- McKenzie Surgery Center, Eugene, OR
- Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician and surgeon since 1991
In my free time, I enjoy reading, cycling, skiing, scuba diving, and hiking .
"After 20 years of occasional knee surgeries, primarily on my right knee, I finally discussed total knee with Dr. Walton. I had always assumed that my ice hockey activities would have to end with a total knee but the pain had become such that I really couldn't continue. No one would pass me the puck anymore! Dr. Walton agreed that he could replace my knee and allow that particular activity after. I had my knee replaced in October of 2012, began skating 2 months later, and returned to very light hockey within 3-4 months. I am now 1 year out, playing with no right knee pain, building up my overall strength, and sometimes get a pass from my teammates. I can't express how this has improved my life, as giving up that activity felt like giving up and accepting my age. My overall health has improved and this intense exercise will help sustain this change." -- Mitchell B.
"Nothing but good things to say about Dr. Walton. He did a super, over-the-top job, with a bad situation that had been neglected for years by the VA. As he said, he's the "A-team” and thank God for that. Thanks to the staff and people with Slocum Center for all your help. As a result of all the hard work, I can walk again and amazingly, with out any pain what so ever. I went in on a Thursday mid-day and went home on Saturday noon. Nobody really wants to have to go through something like this. I had run out of options but as it turned out, didn't amount to a hill of beans. I have and will continue to recommend Slocum Center. Thanks so much to all." -- Roger B.
"I am so grateful for the staff here. Dr. Walton seriously changed my life by being willing to perform a total knee on me at my age, and Camilla, an amazing therapist, knew exactly how much to push me to get to where I needed to be. She was encouraging and listened to me ramble! Lol. And since the first day I walked into to therapy, the front staff remembered my name. I'll be back for the second knee in the fall." --Kerri
"Had severe pain in right knee about six months. My primary doctor referred me to an orthopedist in Springfield, but since 2 members of my family had been patients with Dr. Walton with excellent results. I decided to see Dr. Walton instead. I was able to schedule an appointment promptly. After having a test (sorry forgot it's name) he reccomendind a Cortisone shot thinking it might help for 6-8 weeks. Unfortunately the pain was back in about a week. Fortunately I was able to get an appointment right after he got back from his vacation. He then had me get a MRI and when I saw him he reccomendind surgery. I asked him when and much to my surprise he had just had a cancelation for the next day. I told him that was fine with me. Within 3 days after the surgery I was walking without crutches in my house, using them only outside. I rested my knee often but wasn't bothered by walking on it. At my next appointment I told him of my surprise and demonstrated that I could stand on my right knee without using my left or any other support. I only have slight pain occasionally now. I will reccomendind Dr Walton and the Slocum Center any chance I get. A real positive experience. thanks to all of you!" --Sandra W.
"I injured my knee about four years ago and have been going through a lot of pain since. My primary care physician sent me to physical therapy three different times without success. I was finally able to get into Slocum and had surgery to fix my knee in less than two months' time. Now I will soon be able to go back to cheerleading and other sports without having to play through the pain. " --Josephine W.
"Dr. Butters did surgery on my right hand for carpal tunnel several years ago with great success. It took a while to get strengths back, but not a problem since. Dr. Walton is treating my knees at this time and I am looking a both knee replacements. He also has done surgery on both shoulders for rotator cuff injuries. At the time I was worried I would still have pain after the healing process, but I am so glad I had both done and would do it again knowing that they are as good as new. I think the Slocum Center does a wonderful job of helping people. I recommend the Slocum Center and Dr. Walton every chance I get. Thank you for the care." -- Terrie W.
"I received excellent care. All of my questions were answered and did not feel rushed for time." -- Arlene D.
"Have been very satisfied with all the care that I have received at Slocum Center. The staff members at the front desk in therapy are absolutely the greatest. They are very helpful as well as cheerful anytime I have been there (which has been a lot). Heidi has been a great therapist - the best I have had anywhere. She is kind, understanding, and very friendly. I would not consider going to therapy anywhere else. Thank you for such great service." -- Sheila S.
"I was absolutely thrilled to have had Dr. Walton do my knee replacement. My surgery went great. He fit me into his schedule and did a wonderful job with my new knee. Recovery went great and I just had my one-year check-up. Everything is good. I can walk a mile, I joined my local YMCA, swim, and workout without pain. I think Dr. Walton has the best bedside manor that I have ever had with any doctor. He is caring, sincere, and made me feel that I would be able to walk and participate with my family in outside activities. I am 100% pleased with Dr. Walton and The Slocum Clinic. I recommend Dr. Walton and the practice to my friends." -- Barbara N.
"I had an ACL replacement in my right knee after a summer hiking accident in the Wallowa Mountains. Dr. Walton recommended this procedure due to my age, 70, and my high activity level in the great outdoors. I was very motivated during the rehab period. It was so important for me to get my life (and my leg!) back on track as soon as possible. Being outside and active on a daily basis was something that I highly valued, and I wanted to be back out there as soon as possible. At the frequent PT sessions, I listened and practiced carefully to all the exercises that the physical therapists, Christie and Carrie. Persistence has its rewards. As the weeks wore on, the pain was less and I began to see results! More flexibility, more strength, and more control. At six weeks, I learned that by doing my exercises everyday that I was getting a big pay-off! At eight weeks, I have made a speedy and strong recovery! I am pain-free, strong, and flexible in my right knee again! Hallelujah! Kudos to Dr. Walton, Christie and Carrie." -- Pam J.