Paul K. Gilbert, MD grew up as the fifth child in an Air Force family and enjoyed the great adventure of living in many different locales including England and Germany. He did his undergraduate work at the University of California San Diego and earned his BA in biology in 1977. After completing two years of medical school in Grenada, West Indies and surviving a revolution, he transferred to the USC School of Medicine and received his MD in 1983. Dr. Gilbert went on to complete his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, graduating in 1989.
Dr. Gilbert is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. He has been in private practice in Pasadena, California since 1989 where he is president and CFO of Huntington Practice Associates. His focus is on hip and knee replacement surgery as well as joint preservation.
Dr. Gilbert has been named a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine and a Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine multiple times. He has pioneered the use of computer navigation, minimally invasive techniques and advanced pain management programs for the San Gabriel Valley. In 2009, he became associated with the prestigious Dorr Arthritis Institute in order to expand his career and his study 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.
In the fall of 2012, Dr. Dorr and Dr. Gilbert joined the faculty and staff of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Gilbert practices part time at the Keck facility as a Clinical Assistant Professor. There he has honed his expertise with the Mako Robotic computer system for partial knee replacement surgery. One of the most experienced surgeons in Southern California with this system, this significant advance in orthorobotics allows for the successful implantation of single compartment knee replacements in appropriate cases. This surgery is less invasive and patient recovery is faster.
Dr. Gilbert is now the Medical Director of Orthopaedic Surgical Operations at Verdugo Hills Hospital. Verdugo Hospital is owned and operated by Keck USC and benefits greatly from that affiliation. It is a gem of a community hospital set at the base of the mountains. It has that personal feel with the world class medicine of USC. Dr. Gilbert has built a joint replacement program there that is second to none.
Dr. Gilbert is involved in multiple research projects including robotic surgery, use of tourniquets, pain management and rehabilitation techniques. He is a teaching consultant for Mako Surgical which is the company responsible for the Mako robotic system. He enjoys teaching other surgeons these advanced techniques.
The Gilbert family has participated in Operation Walk since 2005. They have traveled to China, Guatemala, Vietnam. Thailand, Honduras, Cuba and Nicaragua with the Operation Walk team to perform hip and knee replacement surgeries with local doctors to those that can’t afford this procedure. Mobility is essential to these people and giving this gift is very rewarding. He has also participated in Operation Walk Los Angeles with the team providing this needed surgery to ours here at home. Dr. Gilbert serves as Medical Director and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Operation Walk LA Chapter.
Hip and knee replacements and other orthopaedic maladies can be stressful and difficult for patients. Dr. Gilbert has emphasized communication and education in his approach to patient care. This patient focused care approach has helped thousands of patients, enhanced their comfort and decrease their pain and improve their function.
Dr. Gilbert resides in the Pasadena area with his wife Cindy and their two boys, Jim and Christopher. Cindy is a nurse manager at the Engemann Student Health Center at USC. Their outside interests include family activities, church activities, exercise, skiing, golf and scuba diving. He and his son, Christopher, are certified rescue divers. All have gone on Operation Walk trips.