Paul K. Gilbert, M.D.
Paul K. Gilbert, M.D., grew up as the fifth child in an Air Force family and enjoyed the great adventure of living in many international locales, including England and Germany. He did his undergraduate work at the University of California San Diego and received his BA in 1977. He earned his medical degree from the USC School of Medicine and went on to complete his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
Dr. Gilbert is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has performed surgery at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, for twenty-one years. His flourishing private practice evidences his specialty in hip and knee replacements and joint preservation. He has done thousands of said replacements; he’s used computer navigation in over five hundred of them.
Dr. Gilbert has pioneered computer navigation, minimally invasive techniques and advanced pain management programs for the San Gabriel Valley. In 2009 he became associated with the Dorr Arthritis Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital in order to expand his career and his understanding of joint arthroplasty. His collaboration with Dr. Lawrence Dorr, Dr. William Long and the Institute team has been inspiring, rewarding and an invaluable learning experience.
His fascination with the application of computer technology in surgery and the benefit of sophisticated instruments for procedural accuracy has led Dr. Gilbert to adopt the Mako robotic system for his partial knee replacements. This significant advance in orthorobotics allows for the successful implantation of single compartment knee replacements in appropriate cases. The surgery is less invasive and patient recovery is faster.
Not only does Dr. Gilbert continue to hone his own expertise, he readily shares his in-depth knowledge with others to further orthopedic innovations. He consults for Zimmer and is working with their design team on the next generation of arthroplasty instruments called Smart Tools. He occasionally teaches surgical techniques there as well as at MAKO. Areas of current research capturing his attention are the use of tourniquets in knee replacement surgery and the success of unicompartmental knee replacements. His desire for the best possible outcomes for his patients spurs him on to increase their education, enhance their comfort and improve their pain management.