Dr. Clifton is a lifelong resident of the state of Arkansas and was raised in Holly Grove. He attended Rhodes College in Memphis, where he earned a degree in chemistry.
His medical training took place at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. Dr. Clifton earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1971. He then completed a one-year rotating internship and a four-year residency in ophthalmology that ended in 1976.
Dr. Clifton is board certified in ophthalmology by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He specializes in general ophthalmology including cataract surgery, strabismus, lid surgery and laser surgery.
Cliff and his wife San-Dee, live in Little Rock and have two sons, Blake and Kyle. Blake graduated from Central High School and Davidson College, and works in investment banking. Kyle graduated from Central High School and Rhodes College, and works as a consultant.
Cliff and San-Dee attend Second Presbyterian Church, where he has served as Sunday School superintendent, deacon and elder. An Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver Recipient, he has spent his life being involved in Boy Scouts having been a scoutmaster and currently serving on the Executive Board as Council Chairman of Advancement. Cliff is a former tennis player and has been bicycling for 15 years, enjoying long rides with friends. After cycling, one of his favorite activities is working in his yard with Japanese Maples and Hydrangeas. Cliff and San-Dee both love dogs and San-Dee is active in training dogs for obedience, hunt tests, agility and tracking. They both enjoy duck hunting, especially with their Golden Retriever, Player.