Paley Institute's Tom Minas, MD, MS, FACS, FRCS(C) Director, Cartilage Repair Center

Tom Minas

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Dr. Minas joined the Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in 2018 after 30 years at Harvard Medical School, where he was a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a founding member of the ICRS (International Cartilage Repair Society-1997) and present Vice President of the Society. He brought Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) to the United States in 1995 from Sweden and has done the most Cartilage Transplants in the world. He has further innovated many surgical techniques to treat osteoarthritis in the young and old arthritic patient and has developed and patented customized individually made knee replacements. His work in patient-specific knee replacement has led to the introduction of a family of tissue preserving, customized implants based on patient-specific imaging data to restore native articulating geometry. Dr. Minas specializes in various procedures.

Dr. Minas has published and lectured extensively on cartilage repair and joint preservation of the knee. He has written a textbook, over a dozen book chapters, as well as more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in international journals. Additionally, Dr. Minas has directed multiple international conferences on biologic repair of arthritic joints. He was recently awarded by the America Knee Society the prestigious Insall Award in 2013 for his work on the Long-Term Outcomes assessment of ACI in the knee. For more information, check out the Cartilage Repair Center website.

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Education & Training

Medical School
University of Toronto Medical School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

MS Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health

Clinical Fellow, Joint Reconstruction
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Clinical Fellow, Pelvis & Acetabulum, Trauma & Joint Reconstruction
Sunnybrook Medical Centre, Toronto

Resident, Orthopedics
University of Toronto

Rotating Intern
Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  • Member, The Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
  • Member, AO Alumni Association
  • Member, New England Orthopedic Society
  • Member, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Member, Canadian Orthopedic Association
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Chairman, Cartilage Research Foundation
  • Member, The Knee Society

Dr. Tom Minas of the Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute interviewed on True Oldies Radio


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