James M. Paci, MD


James M. Paci, MD joined the Orlin and Cohen Orthopedic Group as the Director of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine for Suffolk County in 2018. He is an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the care of athletes and disorders of the shoulder, elbow and knee. Dr. Paci is the head team physician for Farmingdale State College and an orthopaedic consultant for many high schools on Long Island. Dr. Paci is a member of the Suffolk County, Section XI Sports Safety Committee, and of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine STOP Sports Injuries Committee.

Prior to joining Orlin and Cohen, Dr. Paci was a member of Stony Brook Orthopaedic Associates and an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics within the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. During that time, Dr. Paci was a team orthopaedic physician for the Stony Brook University Seawolves. He has also served as a team physician for the New York Lizzards (MLL), Dowling College and Suffolk County Community College.

Dr. Paci completed an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, Alabama, under the direction of Dr. James Andrews, where he received the 2009-2010 award for excellence in clinical research. In Birmingham, Dr. Paci was the team physician for Huntingdon College and Bessemer Academy, and assisted with the care of athletes from the University of Alabama, Auburn University, the Washington Redskins football team, and the Montgomery Biscuits (AA) and Birmingham Barons (AA) baseball teams. Dr. Paci received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and was a member of the varsity football team. He continued his education at the Chicago Medical School where he received his medical degree. He then went on to complete his orthopaedic surgery residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where he was Chief Resident from 2008-2009. While in Syracuse, Dr. Paci assisted in the care of the Syracuse Crunch ice hockey team (AHL), the Syracuse Chiefs baseball team (AAA), the SUNY Cortland University athletic program and the Onondaga Community College athletic program.

Dr. Paci has presented research and lectured at numerous national orthopaedic and sports medicine conferences. He has also authored research and book chapters in topics related to orthopaedics and sports medicine. In addition to his clinical and team coverage responsibilities, Dr. Paci currently performs clinical and biomechanical research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health.

  • Languages spoken: English
  • Gender: Male
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