Paley Institute fellows on mission trip to Nicaragua


Limb Reconstruction Fellowship

Applicant must have completed an orthopedic surgery residency in the United States or Canada and be eligible for a State of Florida Medical License

The Paley Institute and St. Mary’s Medical Center offer a unique fellowship designed for orthopedic surgeons interested in developing an expertise in pediatric and adult limb reconstruction and deformity surgery of the lower and upper extremities including the treatment of:

  • Lower and upper limb deformities including the foot and hand
  • Limb length discrepancy
  • Deformity and short stature due to dysplasias and syndromes
  • Congenital deficiencies (e.g. CFD, FH, TH, RCH, UCH, congenital dislocation of patella, various syndromes)
  • Other congenital deformities (e.g. clubfoot, vertical talus, congenital pseudarthrosis, syndactyly, absent thumb, and other hand and foot anomalies)
  • Developmental pathology (e.g. Blount’s, growth arrest, neonatal sepsis sequellae, congenital pseudarthrosis, MHE, Olliers, fibrous dysplasia, etc.)
  • Post-traumatic disorders (e.g. nonunions, malunions, bone defects, osteomyelitis)
  • Hip disorders (e.g. DDH, Perthes, epiphyseal dysplasis, sepsissequellae, MHE, etc.)
  • Joint preservation surgery of the hip, knee and ankle
  • Musculoskeletal tumor surgery
  • Treatment of many difficult pediatric orthopedic problems (e.g. stump overgrowth)

Fellows will learn many new surgical procedures including:

  • Limb lengthening for congenital, developmental and post-traumatic LLD
  • Limb lengthening for short stature for dysplasias and constitutional short stature
  • SUPERhip, SUPERknee, SUPERankle procedures
  • Ulnarization for radial club hand
  • Weber patellar arthroplasty as well as other new operations for tibial hemimelia
  • New method to treat stump overgrowth
  • Surgical Hip Dislocation for impingement, femoral head reshaping and reduction osteotomy, protrusion reduction surgery
  • Pelvic osteotomies in children and adults including Ganz pelvic osteotomy
  • Joint preservation procedures such as joint distraction, osteotomy, and dislocation
  • Bone transport for bone defects
  • Judet quadricepsplasty
  • Complex foot surgery with and without external fixation
  • Congenital hand surgery including pollicization and complex syndactyly releases and tendon transfers
  • New procedures for Charcot-Marie-Tooth

The Paley Institute performs more than 1000 surgical procedures annually. We take only one clinical fellow. There is surgery and office work in the same building every day of the week. Fellows have ample research opportunities and are mentored in publishing clinical studies. 
The clinical and operative experience in this fellowship is like no other. The breadth and severity of pathology from patients coming from all over the US and the world is second to none. As an added bonus, Fellows also go on our annual mission trip to operate in Haiti or Nicaragua. Fellows are also sponsored to attend one CME course and are required to do at least one clinical research profject. This fellowship is complimentary to prior fellowships in pediatric orthopediatrics, trauma, foot surgery, and arthroplasty.

There are few surgeons trained in advanced limb reconstruction surgery. Many practices and universities are looking for candidates with such specialized  training and skills. This fellowship makes the candidate very marketable.
Fellowship Director: Dr. Dror Paley

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and two reference letters to Caroline Eaton at ceaton@paleyinstitute.org

Scrubbed Observer and Research Fellow

The applicant must be a licensed orthopedic surgeon.

The Paley Institute welcomes international fellows for a period of two or more months for advanced training in limb deformities, limb length discrepancy, arthritic joints for joint preservation, non-unions, bone defects, osteomyelitis, and orthopedic oncology. International fellows participate in weekly case conferences and lectures by attending physicians, scrub in surgery, and complete one or more research projects.

Fellowship Director: Dr. Dror Paley

To apply, please email your CV to Caroline Eaton at ceaton@paleyinstitute.org

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