Tom Minas, MD, MS

Director of Cartilage Repair Center

Dr. Tom Minas is an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon and the Director of the Cartilage Repair Center at the Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. He previously practiced at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts for 30 years and remains a Professor Emeritus of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Minas is an internationally recognized leader in the orthopedic field, specializing in joint preservation and cartilage repair of the knee. He adapted the ACI (autologous chondrocyte implantation) surgical technique, being the first to bring it to practice in the United States from Sweden. He also established the first cartilage repair center in the United States. Dr. Minas is further involved in the development of tissue preserving implants and instrumentation for knees targeted at joint resurfacing. 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 has published extensively on cartilage repair and joint preservation of the knee and regularly lectures at national and international conferences. He has written a textbook, over a dozen book chapters, and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in international journals. In 2013, Dr. Minas and his team were honored with the prestigious Insall Award for their work on the long-term outcomes assessment of ACI in the knee.

Dr. Minas received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and his Masters in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his fellowship in Pelvic Trauma and Joint Reconstruction at the Sunnybrook Medical Centre in Toronto, Canada and a Total Joint Arthroplasty fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Minas belongs to several professional organizations including the Knee Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and he currently serves as the President of the International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society (ICRS).

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