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Paulo RP Selber, MD, FSBOT, FRACS

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About Dr. Selber

Dr. Paulo Selber is an orthopedic surgeon who has been involved in the treatment of gait and movement disorders in pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients for more than 25 years. He specializes in conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, sequela of head injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries and several neuromuscular conditions. 

A native of Brazil, Dr. Selber attended medical school at the Pontifice Catholic University of Campinas in São Paulo and completed his residency in orthopedc surgery at the Jundiaiense Institute of Orthopaedics and Trauma and Paulo Sacramento Hospital in Jundiaí state of SP.

After fellowship training in neuromuscular diseases at the Association for Assistance of the Disabled Child (AACD) in São Paulo, Dr. Selber went on to complete fellowships in pediatric orthopedics, cerebral palsy and three-dimensional gait analysis at Children’s Memorial Hospital Northwestern University in Chicago and Gillette Children’s Hospital in St Paul. Returning to AACD (1996-2001). He assisted with the implantation and direction of AACD’s first gait analysis laboratory and has worked with 7 gait analysis laboratories in Brazil, Australia, and the USA.

Dr. Selber then accepted a position as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne (2001-2019) and at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney (2003-2012), working concomitantly in both of these prestigious children's hospitals for 9 years. He continued to work as an orthopedic surgeon at The Royal Children’s Hospital until early 2019 when he accepted a position at Columbia University. 

Early in 2022, Dr. Selber joined HSS where he collaborates with the Dr. Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory and continues to care for ambulatory and non-ambulatory children and adults with cerebral palsy. He has published and co-authored several peer-reviewed papers. 

Dr. Selber has lectured around the world on topics related to gait analysis and the orthopedic surgical treatment of the lower limbs in patients with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophies, strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries. Spasticity/dystonia or other movement disorders that affect the lower limbs are Dr. Selber’s main clinical and research interests.

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Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Australian Orthopedic Association
Australian Pediatric Orthopedic Society
Brazilian Pediatric Orthopedic Society
Brazilian Society for Human Movement and Gait Analysis
North American Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society
Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons


Australian Orthopedic Association
Brazilian Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma,
New York State Department of Education - License in Medicine
Royal Australasia College of Surgeons


Medical: Pontífice Catholic University of Campinas State of São Paulo, Brazil, 1987
Residency: Jundiaiense Institute of Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma + Paulo Sacramento Hospital, Jundiaí, State of São Paulo, Brazil, 1993
Fellowship: Association for Assistance of the Disabled Child (AACD), São Paulo, Brazil, 1994
Memorial Children's Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL USA, 1995
Gillette Children's Hospital, St. Paul, MN USA, 1996

State Licensure


English, Portuguese

For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Selber


Research Interests

Impact of orthopedic surgeries on long term functional outcomes in cerebral palsy.
Impact of orthopedic surgeries for gait on pelvicospinal sagittal balance in persons with cerebral palsy

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Selber as of June 02, 2023.

Bionic Power, Inc. - Advisory Board

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.