CPOT Faculty Spotlight Series: Dr. Dror Paley

By Jolie Leung

The annual Canadian Paediatric Orthopaedic Trauma Course (CPOT) covers current and practical updates in all aspects of paediatric trauma surgery by experts who share insights, tips, and up-to-date surgically relevant content. Learn more about some of our experienced international faculty members that have participated in CPOT, and register for the upcoming January 2023 course!

In this spotlight, learn more about Dr. Dror Paley, Orthopaedic Surgeon, and Founder and President of the Paley Orthopaedic and Spine Institute. We are fortunate to hear his perspective on CPOT as a faculty member. Come meet and learn from him in-person in Whistler this January 2023!

Can you tell me a bit about your work and background?

I am the CEO, founder, and medical director of the Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, as well as the Paley European Institute in Warsaw, Poland. I also run the Paley Foundation and the unLIMBited Foundation. I received subspecialty training in Pediatric Orthopedics, Hand Surgery, Trauma Surgery, and Limb Lengthening and External Fixation Surgery after a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Toronto and internship at Johns Hopkins University.

I was trained in the Ilizarov Method under the guidance of Professor Gavriil Ilizarov in Kurgan, former USSR. This led me to become the founder and first president of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society. I later developed the Multiplier method of predicting leg length discrepancy and timing of epiphysiodesis, which is now available using the Paley Growth iOS app. I have also developed over 100 surgical procedures. After teaching at the University of Toronto as an Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and serving as a consultant at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), I am now a Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Vermont and Florida Atlantic University. I also sit on the Board of Governors at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

What drew you to teaching at CPOT?

I come from Canada – my alma mater is the University of Toronto. I am also an avid skier, and very much enjoy the off-time during this conference every year.

What is your favourite part of the course?

I particularly enjoy the informal camaraderie after the meetings.

What makes CPOT unique among other courses?

The location in Whistler, B.C. makes it very unique.

Can you tell me a fun fact about yourself?

I am fluent and read, write, and lecture in six languages. I also do mission trips around the world.

Don’t forget to register for the upcoming 2023 Canadian Paediatric Trauma Course!

We can’t wait to have you join us in Whistler for the IN-PERSON 2023 Canadian Paediatric Trauma Course (CPOT) in January. We’ll have current and practical updates in all aspects of paediatric trauma surgery provided by experts who will share insights, tips, and up-to-date surgically relevant content. Learn, network, and play all in beautiful Whistler, BC.

Date: January 26-27, 2023
Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler

If you are a paediatric orthopaedic trauma surgeon or a community orthopaedic trauma surgeon, then this is the course for you!

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