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Founding Team

Selene Parekh, MD, MBA

Selene Parekh grew up in North Jersey. Son of immigrant parents, Selene was raised with traditional values.  Upon graduating from high school, Selene attended the 7 year medical program at Boston University.  While in medical school, he realized the utility of a business education and became the creator and 1st graduate of the combined MB/MBA program at Boston University.  


Dr. Parekh then completed his internship, residency, and a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  His interest in entrepreneurship was fortified by a one-year Healthcare Entrepreneurship Fellowship at the Wharton School of Business. His experiences led to the development of the “Business of Orthopaedics” conference, the first of its kind in the United States in 2003. The course exposed orthopaedic surgeons to a breadth of topics, from practice management to product development and entrepreneurship, to personal financial management, to leadership and negotiations


Upon completion of his training, Selene moved to the University of North Carolina, where he revived the foot and ankle division.  He also served as a consultant to the Tar Heels athletic program.  In 2009, Selene moved his practice to the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic and Duke University, where he is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Duke’s Fuqua Business School. He is integrally involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows.  His practice is focused on diseases and surgeries of the foot and ankle.   


During his tenure at UNC, and while at Duke, Dr. Parekh continues to be involved in the business side of medicine.  Personally, from innovation to entrepreneurship, and professionally from clinical efficiency and educating residents and fellows, as well as conducting research, Dr. Parekh has remained active in the business side of medicine.  Spanning over 17 years, one of his areas of interest and expertise is the business of running a practice. 


Dr. Parekh has been an active speaker at regional, national, and international meetings, helping to teach other orthopaedic surgeons about best practices and novel techniques for the care of foot and ankle patients and the business of healthcare.  He has published in numerous journals and has served as editor for a number of textbooks.

Christopher Klifto, MD

Christopher S. Klifto grew up outside Philadelphia. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where he received a degree in Chemical and Biomechanical Engineering. He received his medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and completed his Orthopaedic residency and Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship at NYU- Hospital for Joint Diseases.


His primary focus is treating various upper extremity pathology. He specializes arthritic conditions of the upper extremity including shoulder and other upper extremity joint replacements. He also performs many minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures including shoulder, elbow and wrist arthroscopy. He enjoys treating other conditions of the upper extremity including labrum and tendon disorders such as rotator cuff repairs and shoulder tendon transfers, along with other tendon transfers of the upper extremity. He has extensive training with trauma of the upper extremity and is a large clinical focus of his practice. He also treats nerve compression disorders such as carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome, nerve injuries, trigger fingers. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Duke University. He has published articles in nationally recognized publications on many conditions of the upper extremity and continues to actively conduct clinical research and contribute to national textbooks.


Dr. Klifto serves as the division lead of shoulder and elbow surgery at the Durham VA in addition to his clinical practice at Duke Orthopaedics/North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic.  


Dr. Klifto lives in Durham with his wife Meredith, an Ophthalmologist. He has three wonderful daughters (Madeline, Anna, and Grace) and a labradoodle named Goose that are the joys of his life. He enjoys golf, fishing, skiing, tennis, kite boarding and professional and collegiate sports.

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