Christopher Born, MD received his BA degree from the University of North Carolina and completed his pre-medical studies at Columbia University. After receiving his MD degree from Georgetown University in 1979, he went on to complete five years of orthopedic training at the University of Pennsylvania.
From 1984 until 1996, Born was the assistant division head of orthopedic surgery at Cooper Hospital University Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey and was an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In 1996, Born rejoined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as an associate professor of orthopedic surgery, serving as the co-director of orthopedic trauma. Prior to joining the faculty at Brown University, he was a professor of orthopedic surgery at Temple University and the co-director of orthopedic trauma.
Born is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons where he serves on its Committee for Continuing Medical Education and is the current chairman of its jointly sponsored orthopedic trauma training course. He is a member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association where he currently serves as the chairman of its Mass Casualty Response Committee and is the past chairman of its Fellowship Committee. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and for eight years served on its Committee on Traumas Education Committee and was the section chairman for orthopedic surgery. He is currently an advisor to its Disaster Committee.
Born is on the board of directors of the Foundation for Orthopedic Trauma and the Foundation of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. He is also a former board member of the latter's parent organization.
He writes and lectures extensively on issues of musculoskeletal trauma and disaster management both nationally and internationally. In 2004, he traveled to Iran with the International Medical Surgical Response Team of FEMA to give humanitarian aid to victims of a massive earthquake. This team was presented with the Secretary's Award by the Department of Homeland Security, of which Born is a founding member.