Dror Paley

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Dror Paley
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Born (1956-03-25) March 25, 1956 (age 66)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Occupationorthopedic surgeon
EmployerPaley Institute
TitleM.D., FRCSC

Dror Paley (born March 25, 1956) is a Canadian-trained orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in limb lengthening and deformity correction procedures.[2][3]


Dr. Paley trained in surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and in orthopedic surgery at the University of Toronto Medical School. He moved to Baltimore to join the University of Maryland in 1987. From 1987 to 2001, Paley worked at the University of Maryland as professor of Orthopedics and chief of Pediatric Orthopedics.[3]


Paley has been licensed with the Province of Ontario, Canada since 1980,[4] the Maryland Board of Physicians since 1986,[5] and with the Florida department of Health since 2009.[6]

In 1991, Paley co-founded the Maryland Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction at James Lawrence Kernan Hospital with Dr. John Herzenberg. In 2001, they formed the International Center for Limb Lengthening at Sinai Hospital. He authored a book, Principles of Deformity Correction (ISBN 3-540-41665-X) in 2002, that was edited by Herzenberg.[3]

Paley was among the first orthopedic surgeons to use the PRECICE intramedullary nail for cosmetic leg lengthening,[7] as well as its second version (PRECICE 2).[8]

In 2013, Smith & Nephew released a new Modular Rail System for external fixation and limb deformity correction, in collaboration with Paley.[9]

As of 2014 Paley had developed around 100 surgical procedures to reconstruct limbs.[10]

Limb lengthening training[edit]

Paley specializes in limb-Lengthening and limb-corrective surgeries (usually in the legs). According to his biography he has "performed more than 20,000 limb lengthening and reconstruction-related procedures" [11] He was trained in Limb Lengthening by Gavriil Ilizarov who created the "Ilizarov method" of limb reconstruction more technically known as Distraction osteogenesis, where bone is separated from itself using an Ilizarov apparatus and regrows into the created gap over time. Paley is credited with bringing the Ilizarov method to the west and claims to have performed the first recorded Western attempt of it in April 1987. [12] [13]


Personal life[edit]

Paley lives in West Palm Beach. He is fluent in six languages and practices cycling, skiing and rock climbing.[10]


  1. ^ "Dror Paley". Academia.edu.
  2. ^ Martinez-Ramundo, Denise; Ritter, Bill (24 February 2012). "Man 'Grows' 6 Inches Through Surgery". ABC News.
  3. ^ a b c "Surgical Team". Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics. Archived from the original on 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  4. ^ "Paley, Dror (CPSO#: 31990)". The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Practitioner Profile Search". MBP - Practitioner Profile System. Maryland Board of Physicians. License #D34251
  6. ^ "License Verification For Practitioner Details". MQA Search Portal. Florida Department of Health. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  7. ^ Green, Stuart A.; Dahl, Mark T. (2017). Intramedullary Limb Lengthening: Principles and Practice. Springer. p. 180. ISBN 9783319602974.
  8. ^ "Ellipse Technologies Receives FDA Clearance for Next Generation of Unique Limb Lengthening System". Market Wired. Ellipse Technologies. 4 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Press-release: Smith & Nephew releases new Modular Rail System in collaboration with Dr. Dror Paley". March 20, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Kaplan, Michelle (March 27, 2014). "Doctor on a mission to save limbs and lives". The Palm Beach Post.
  11. ^ "BIOGRAPHY". paleyinstitute.org. paleyinstitute.org. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Historical Vignettes on How the Ilizarov Method Came to the West". paleyinstitute.org. paleyinstitute.org. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  13. ^ Paley, Dror (4 March 2019). "The Ilizarov technology revolution: History of the discovery, dissemination, and technology transfer of the Ilizarov method". Journal of Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction. 4 (2): 115–128. Retrieved 9 September 2022.

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