Disclosure: Consulting Agreements with Orthopaedic Companies

As you read the educational material in my website  I would like to disclose to you information regarding my
relationship with orthopaedic companies.

I  have been active in my career with research, development  and teaching of new implants and improved
surgical instruments and techniques. As part of this work, I have worked under contract with orthopaedic
companies, providing consulting services on new products and input on research and development. In return
for this time and expertise, I have been paid a consulting fee.

Currently, I am a paid consultant to the following companies:

Ellipse Technologies, Inc
Smith and Nephew
Pega Medical
3D Concepts

And I have book contracts with Springer.

I use products from these companies in the care of patients, but also use similar products from other
implant manufacturers with whom I have no consulting relationship. I want to assure you that the
selection of which product to use in a patients care is based only on what is best for the patient, not on
which company makes the product.

I am a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, (AAOS) which holds its members to
extremely high ethical standards to ensure that even the appearance of a conflict of interest does not
jeopardize the trust that patients place in our doctors.

AAOS has adopted Standards of Professionalism that require orthopaedic surgeon members to identify and
disclose potential conflicts of interest to their patients, the public, and colleagues. These Standards also
clearly articulate how and under what circumstances AAOS members may work with and be compensated
by industry, as well as the penalties for failure to comply.

You can learn more about these Standards of Professionalism at the AAOS website:

It is important to me that you are aware of these relationships with implant manufacturers. It is also
important to me that you know that I put the interests of patients first. I am available to answer questions
that you may have on this subject.

Dror Paley, MD  
Jan 12, 2012
Dror Paley, MD, FRCSC