Innovative Medicine, Teaching, and Research

        Dr. Paley delivering a lecture at an international conference

Through publications, lectures, tutorials, courses, and a fellowship program, Dr. Paley is committed to providing other surgeons, both domestically and internationally, with the opportunity to learn many of the advanced techniques he developed.

Dr. Paley has developed over 100 new operative procedures for bone and soft-tissue reconstruction of congenital, developmental, and post-traumatic limb disorders. Dr. Paley has also reclassified many of the diagnoses he treats, shifting emphasis from amputation and prosthetic fitting to emphasizing reconstructive techniques. Dr. Paley’s approach to treatment goes in two directions: to develop (create/invent) and to improve both procedures and devices, in order to offer better treatment to his patients.

Delivering Innovative Solutions

Dr. Paley’s expertise extends equally to children and adults, as well as for the upper and lower extremities. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Congenital upper and lower limb deformities
  • Limb deformities due to growth arrest, fractures, radiation, and infection
  • Post-traumatic limb deformities and limb length discrepancies
  • Bone healing problems
  • Bone defects, bone and joint infections
  • Skeletal dysplasias
  • Tumor-like conditions
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Developmental deformities
  • Joint contractures and joint stiffness
  • Foot deformities
  • Hip dysplasias
  • Short residual limbs following amputation
  • Joint preservation for arthritis
  • Peripheral nerve disorders
  • Constitutional short stature
The Principles of Deformity Correction

Dedication to Research

Dr. Paley has published over 100 articles in the peer-reviewed literature and has authored and edited five books and 45 book chapters. A full list of Dr. Paley’s publications can be found in his Curriculum Vitae. Dr. Paley has also been the principle investigator on several research grants. Dr. Paley is the author of Principles of Deformity Correction (Springer Verlag, 2002). This 800-page textbook is an orthopedic bestseller and has set the standard for the understanding and treatment of limb deformities. It teaches the analysis, planning, and methods of deformity correction and is supplemented by the exercise book, Principles of Deformity Correction Exercise Workbook (Springer Verlag, 2003), which was awarded best illustrated medical textbook in 2003. 

Dedication to Teaching

        Dr. Paley lecturing on mission trip to Haiti

Dr. Paley organized the first Ilizarov course in 1987 and the first ASAMI North America (Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society) meeting in 1989. He served as the first president of this subspecialty society. He organized and ran the internationally attended Annual Baltimore Limb Deformity Course from 1989 to 2009. He has lectured and demonstrated surgery in more than 50 countries and provides training for specialists from around the world through his fellowship program. Dr. Paley has presented at hundreds of orthopedic conferences in the United States and internationally.  

Dr. Paley also served as the Congress Chairman for the International Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (ILLRS) Course in Miami in 2015. 

From 1987 to 2001 Dr. Paley was Professor of Orthopedics, Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics, and co-director and founder of the Maryland Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction at the University of Maryland. On more than one occasion he was awarded the Orthopedic Residents Best Teacher Award.

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