Dr. Meli Florida

Paul I. Meli, MD, FAAOS

  • Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Specializing in Knee and Shoulder Repair and Sports Medicine

Dr. Paul Meli, medical director of Meli Orthopedics is one of South Florida’s most respected orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Meli established his practice in Fort Lauderdale in 1990 and, since that time, has become nationally known for orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His patients come from down the street and around the world. They include bank presidents, yacht captains, professional and Olympic athletes, physicians, attorneys and South Florida's “weekend athletes."

Although his practice includes all areas of orthopedic medicine, Dr. Meli specializes in the treatment and surgery of shoulders and knees. He performs minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures of the hip, knee and shoulder. Dr. Meli specializes in the treatment of impingement syndrome, ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair and labral repair. Dr. Meli is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (FAAOS).

A native of Long Island, New York, Paul Meli moved to Fort Lauderdale with his family at the age of 17. He graduated from Florida State University, received a graduate degree from the University of Florida and received his MD degree from the University of Miami in 1984. Dr. Meli interned at New York University’s Cabrini/St. Vincent Hospital and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Catholic Medical Center in Queens, New York and Northwest Metropolitan Detroit Hospitals.

In addition to serving Holy Cross Hospital, where he has been affiliated since 1990, Dr. Meli is also affiliated with Broward Health North and Imperial Point Medical Center. At Holy Cross Hospital, he has served as vice chief of the department of surgery, chairman of the surgical peer review committee and president-elect of the medical staff for 2001-2003.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Eastern and Western Orthopedic Association, Florida Medical Association and Broward County Medical Association.

Dr. Meli is active in civic and charitable organizations, including the American Heart Association, Red Cross, Kids in Distress, HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Dependent Youth), the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale; Florida Philharmonic and the Broward County Humane Society.

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