Clifton grew up with a father who practiced medicine.
"From a young age I realized the rewards of healing the sick and knew that I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps as a heart surgeon." Clifton is a cardiac surgeon at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., where he has performed thousands of cardiac surgeries, many using the daVinci robotic procedure. His compassion and caring set him apart. "I enjoy centering my practice on not only safely and effectively operating on patients, but also guiding them into happy, fuller, and healthier lives."
Clifton completed his BS and MD degrees and his surgery residency at the University of Alabama. His cardiovascular surgery residency was at the Texas Heart Institute. He specializes in robotic mitral valve repair, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement and research, and tricuspid valve repair. He was recently elected to the executive council of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He was formerly chief of cardiac surgery at Sarasota Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor
Society, the Tinsley Harrison Society, and the John W. Kirlin Society, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Cardiology.
Clifton and his wife, Sara Anne, live in Birmingham, Alabama, and are proud parents and grandparents.
The Distinguished Alumni Award will be given at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 6 during Alumni Weekend.