Transforming Orthopedic Care: A Successful Year at Paley Middle East Clinic


Located in BMC (Burjeel Medical City, the flagship facility of Burjeel Holdings) is the Paley Middle East Clinic that has ushered in a new era of orthopedic excellence in the region. One year since its inception, this clinic has carved a niche for itself by offering cutting-edge treatments for complex orthopedic conditions. With the establishment of Paley Middle East Clinic, BMC has become a destination for complex orthopedic care in the UAE.

Led by the esteemed Dr. Dror Paley, a leader in the field of orthopedic surgery, the clinic has been guided by a commitment to clinical competence as well as excellent quality and results since its inception. Dr. Paley is the founder and director of the Paley Institute in Florida, USA. He is recognized worldwide for his expertise in limb lengthening, deformity reconstruction and joint preservation in the upper and lower extremities of children and Adults. Along with Dr. Paley, the medical team comprised of orthopedic experts including Dr. Michael Uglow, Dr. David Feldman, Dr. Matthew Dobbs, Dr. Claire Shannon, Dr. Kaveh Asadi, Dr. Katherine Miller, Dr. Arun R. Hariharan and Dr. Simone Battibugli serve patients at the Paley Clinic in the Middle East.

Dr. Dror Paley

Established as part of BMC’s focus on complex care and pediatric subspecialties, the clinic created in collaboration with Dr. Paley has had a profound impact on patients near and far. In the first 12 months, the clinic’s experts saw more than 3,500 patients and performed more than 300 surgeries. The past year has been marked by a wide range of cases, each of which presented unique challenges and opportunities for innovation. From post-traumatic injuries to neuromuscular conditions and congenital disorders such as skeletal dysplasia, the team has treated a wide range of cases.

“As we reflect on our journey over the past year at BMC’s Paley Middle East Clinic, we are reminded of the transformative power of perseverance, innovation and dedication to our patients. Each success story is a testament to the incredible teamwork and commitment to excellence that define our clinic. Looking ahead, we remain steadfast in our mission to redefine the possibilities of orthopedic care and continue to make a profound impact on the lives of our patients,” said Dr. Paley.

Celebrating success stories

Among the many success stories, several notable cases exemplify the clinic’s dedication to transformative care. A 15-year-old Egyptian girl, despite previous surgeries, faced a leg length discrepancy of 10 cm and a deformity of the hip joint. Dr. Paley’s expertise in pelvic support osteotomy and intramedullary nailing corrected her deformities, offering renewed hope. Similarly, a 10-year-old boy from Cyprus with severe Perthes disease received soft tissue release and distraction surgery, with the goal of restoring hip mobility. An 18-year-old Emirati youth with Meier-Gorlin syndrome underwent complex limb correction surgeries, demonstrating the clinic’s comprehensive approach to identifying all deformities and planning surgical correction to rectify all component problems in one surgery. Additionally, a four-year-old Emirati girl benefited from an innovative tibia correction, while a 21-year-old man with cerebral palsy underwent extensive lower extremity surgeries to improve her mobility. These cases highlight the clinic’s commitment to personalized care, providing transformative treatments to patients in the region. Additionally, milestones such as the introduction of surgical techniques such as bone lengthening using next-generation electromagnetic lengthening nails underscore the clinic’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of orthopedic care. A new guided growth system using specifically designed plates at the Paley Institute in the USA has also been introduced into the clinic.

Dr. Michael Uglow

“Our commitment to collaboration allows us to conduct video consultations with patients around the world and share clinical knowledge with esteemed partners in the US. This real-time exchange of expertise ensures that our patients quickly access the best surgical options, which empowers them on their path to recovery,” said Dr Uglow, director of the Paley Middle East Clinic and consultant pediatric orthopedic surgery.

Advances in orthopedic care in the UAE

Paley Clinic Middle East’s one-year milestone marks a major step forward in the advancement of orthopedic care in the UAE and the wider Middle East region. By bringing world-class expertise closer to home, the clinic not only empowers UAE residents but also attracts medical tourists from around the world. Their dedication to clinical competence and good outcomes is raising the standard of care and solidifying the country’s position as a leading destination for complex orthopedic treatments.

Today, the clinic serves a wide range of patients from many countries near and far. They have consulted patients from across the MENA region, beyond Africa, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and, in particular, Russia and China. The clinic’s role in supporting patients around the world aligns perfectly with the UAE’s vision of becoming a global healthcare hub.

Setting new goals

Looking ahead, Paley Middle East Clinic remains committed to expanding its services and pushing the boundaries of orthopedic innovation. In 2024, it aims to introduce specialized services including spinal care, multidisciplinary neuromuscular services and peripheral nerve treatments, further cementing its position as a leader in orthopedic care.

With a relentless pursuit of excellence, a commitment to innovation, and a dedication to patient care, Paley Middle East Clinic not only offers hope to people facing complex orthopedic challenges, but also strengthens the repertoire of care offerings. complex in BMC. As the clinic looks to the future, it seeks to redefine the field through pioneering procedures and comprehensive surgical plans. With a strong commitment to innovation, compassion and patient-centered care, the clinic is poised to continue transforming lives and shaping the future of orthopedic medicine in the Middle East and beyond.


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