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2016 Mark W. Allam Lecture

The Role of Joint Realignment to Treat and Prevent Arthritis

Dror Paley, MD, FRCSC
Director, Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute, West Palm Beach, FL

Dr. Paley has pioneered and improved on methods to preserve joints with arthritis. In many patients, he is able to delay or prevent the need for joint replacement arthroplasty by specialized realignment techniques and joint distraction techniques. This is especially applicable to the hip, knee, and ankle. In the knee and ankle, he developed new intra-articular osteotomies to normalize deformed joint surfaces.

Dr. Paley is internationally recognized for his expertise in limb lengthening and reconstruction and best known for landmark research in the field of limb lengthening and deformity correction. He is the author of 140 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 40 book chapters, and five books including the textbook, Principles of Deformity Correction, which is considered the bible of deformity correction surgery. Dr. Paley has performed more than 17,000 limb lengthening and reconstruction-related procedures on patients from all over the United States and from more than 70 countries from six continents. He has received international awards from orthopedic and non-orthopedic groups including one for his humanitarian work. His Paley Foundation continues to help children and doctors developing countries through mission trips and foreign physician training efforts.

Dr. Paley is known as an innovator who has changed orthopedic surgery by his ideas, including: deformity planning principles, the Multiplier method of discrepancy/limb length/height prediction, and reconstructive procedures for congenital deficiencies. Currently, he is the Director of the Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida where he continues to treat patients from over 85 countries and all 50 US States, and to innovate new procedures and devices that will benefit generations of future patients and surgeons.

The Mark W. Allam Lecture is named for one of the cofounders of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Allam was an avid proponent of the concept of “one medicine,” the idea that the similarities between human and animal medicine are great and that these two fields can benefit considerably from the discoveries made in each field. The lecture was instituted to foster this concept and has been given annually since 1972.

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