Carlton Clinkscales, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon - Hand & Upper Extremity
★★★★★ ★★★★★
Specializing in Hand, Wrist, Sports Medicine, Workers’ Compensation & Consultations
Specialties: Hand, Wrist & Elbow
Fax: 303-777-4563

Dr. Clinkscales is a fellowship-trained, orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon who joined HSA in 1998 after three years of teaching full time at UC Health. After completing a degree in Religion from Davidson College (NC), he earned a medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta (GA). Dr. Clinkscales completed residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (MN) and completed his fellowship training at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis.

Honored by 5280 Magazine as one of Denver’s top doctors, Dr. Clinkscales regularly contributes to medical education by delivering presentations, publishing articles and demonstrating cutting-edge techniques in hand and upper extremity care.

Dr. Clinkscales has loved being able to raise his family in Colorado. More recently, he has enjoyed embarking on a variety of international medical missions alongside his wife and two sons. Dr. Clinkscales spends his free time traveling, skiing, scuba diving, or just reading especially if it’s with family or friends.

Specific interests include work injuries, sports injuries, nerve compressions (such as carpal tunnel syndrome) hand arthritis, scaphoid fractures and non-unions, as well as nerve repair.


  • Fellowship: Hand Surgery Fellowship: The Indiana Hand Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN
  • Medical School: MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Undergraduate School: BA, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Specialty Certifications

  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery, 1998
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 1997
  • National Board of Medical Examiners 1990

Memberships & Organizations

  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Rocky Mountain Hand Surgery Society
  • Mayo Hand Club
  • Indiana Hand Surgery Society
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Denver Medical Society
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Elite Athlete Hand and Wrist Study Group

Awards & Recognitions

  • 5280 Magazine’s Top Docs: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
  • US News & World Report: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • The Global Directory of WHO’S WHO: Honoring Executives and Professionals 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Top Surgeons of America: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
  • Physician Honoree, Arthritis Foundation Walk, Denver May 2013
Dr. Clinkscales' Reviews
Tracy GibsonTracy Gibson
02:27 27 Apr 24
Eric ChristensenEric Christensen
19:38 04 Apr 24
Dr Kilnkscales and the entire staff were a pleasure to work with. I work in healthcare and this was a well run service.They had excellent communication and the care I received was fantastic.
Henning KlingenbjergHenning Klingenbjerg
18:20 04 Apr 24
Carpal tunnel surgery in both hands done by Dr. Clinkscales and his team/colleagues at Focus Hand & Arm Surgery Center. Post op physical therapy at Orthopedic Centers of Colorado.Every single person I have met on this journey have been excellent and I highly recommend Dr. Clinkscales as the surgeon. He's a doctor that cares about his patients.
Robert KerrRobert Kerr
00:07 28 Mar 24
I was referred to Dr. Clinkscales for a possible Dupuytren's Disease of the right hand. Exam determined that I was suffering from Stenosing Tenosynovitis commonly known as Trigger Finger which is treated with Cortisone injections. Prior to treatment I was loosing the strength of my grip. The injections have allowed me to maintain the strength of my grip. The experience with Dr. Clinkscales was very pleasant and enjoyable. With any hand treatment it is best to consider that someone should be available to drive afterwards. I do consider a 5 * rating for this experience.
Karen NelsonKaren Nelson
22:25 25 Jan 24
Complicated hand surgery. Every detail explained and options given. Can never begin to thank Dr Clinkscales for his brilliant skills as a surgeon. Office staff are incredible. Always on time, helpful, extremely skilled in each field they work in.
Jenny SJenny S
22:21 24 Jan 24
Staff is always extremely helpful and sweet. Dr Clinkscales is fantastic. He is friendly, attentive, and intelligent. His communication is great and I have always felt like a priority to the office.
Nora BNora B
19:35 17 Jan 24
Dr Clinkscales is wonderful. He is easy to talk to, clearly explained what was going on with my hand, went over all of my options and took time to make sure all my questions were answered. And he has a personality that puts you at ease. Staff were all friendly, helpful and efficient.
Linda FagerholtLinda Fagerholt
22:41 03 Jan 24
I would definitely recommend Dr. Carlton Clinkscale for your hand problems. He listened to me, I didn’t feel hurried & he asked many questions! Excellent environment in the office & very nice, friendly employees! Dr. Clinkscale was understanding & very compassionate about my Rheumatoid Arthritis & my hand problems. He has a good sense of humor & made me fell at ease. Dr. Clinkscale is at the top of his specialty!
Sherry ParkerSherry Parker
22:04 17 Dec 23
Great doctor, very personable. Every one of the nurses were the kindest and most patient. Every one was compassionate to my needs.Thank you Dr. clinkscales for your expertise in your field.
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