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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
Assitant 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


Pontífice Catholic University of Campinas State of São Paulo, Brazil, 1987


Jundiaiense Institute of Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma + Paulo Sacramento Hospital, Jundiaí, State of São Paulo,
Brazil, 1993


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

Publications by Dr. Selber

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Benjamin J. Shore, MD, FRCSC, Xavier Yu, MBBS, BA, Sameer Desai, MS, MRCS(Ed), Paulo Selber, MD, FRACS, Rory Wolfe, BSc, PhD, and H. Kerr Graham, MD, FRCS(Ed), FRACS. Adductor Surgery to Prevent Hip Displacement in Children with Cerebral Palsy: The Predictive Role of the Gross Motor Function Classification System. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Feb 2012. DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.J.02003

Francesco Camara Blumetti, Jenny Chia Ning Wu, Karen Vanessa Bau, Brian Martin, Sally Anne Hobson, Matthias Wolfgang Axt, Paulo Selber. Orthopedic surgery and mobility goals for children with cerebral palsy GMFCS level IV: what are we setting out to achieve? Journal of Children's Orthopaedics. 2012. DOI: 10.1007/S11832-012-0454-7

Pamela Thomason, Richard Baker, Karen Dodd, Nicholas Taylor, Paulo Selber, Rory Wolfe, H Kerr Graham. Single-Event Multilevel Surgery in Children with Spastic Diplegia A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Mar 2011. DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.J.00410

Terence Y P Chin, Gary R Nattrass, Paulo Selber, H Kerr Graham. Accuracy of intramuscular injection of botulinum toxin A in juvenile cerebral palsy - A comparison between manual needle placement and placement guided by electrical stimulation. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, May 2005. DOI: 10.1097/01.BPO.0000150819.72608.86

P Selber, E R Filho, R Dallalana, M Pirpiris, G R Nattrass, H K Graham. Supramalleolar derotation osteotomy of the tibia, with T plate fixation - Technique and results in patients with neuromuscular disease. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery-British Volume, 2004. DOI: 10.1302/0301-620X.86B8.14479

K. Graham and P Selber. Musculoskeletal aspects of cerebral palsy. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery-British Volume. Mar 2003. DOI: 10.1302/0301620X.85B2.14066

Bache CE, Selber P, Graham HK. The management of spastic diplegia. Curr Orthop. 2003;17:88-104.

Ferraretto I, Machado PO, Filho EL, Selber P. Preliminary results of patellar tendon shortening as a salvage procedure for crouch gait in cerebral palsy [abstract]. Paediatric Orthopaedic Society North America, 2000.

L.M. Schutte, U. Narayanan, J.L. Stout, P. Selber, J.R. Gage, M.H. Schwartz. An index for quantifying deviations from normal gait. Gait and Posture 11 (2000) 25–31

P Selber, L Dias. Sacral-level myelomeningocele: Long-term outcome in adults. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Jul 1998. DOI: 10.1097/00004694-199807000-00002

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


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

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of January 10, 2022, Dr. Selber reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

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