Dr. Paul I. Meli III, MD

Dr. Paul I. Meli III, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery | Male | 62 years old

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Dr. Meli III's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Meli III to family and friends
4.2
based on 124 total surveys (73 with reviews)
Dr. Meli III's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (73)
in WESTON FL |
I seen Dr. MELI for my right shoulder arthritis at the time I did not know what was happening and had limited range of motion with the doctors pl for my right shoulder arthritis at the time I did not know what was happening and had limited range of motion with the doctors payment plan and attention to detail I was able to live my active lifestyle once again .
in Plantation, FL |
Highly recommend DR. Meli and his staff.
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Being an active softball player I injured my shoulder and a game I was referred to Dr. Meli through a friend made an appointment with ease and when I seen the doctor I could tell that he was a master in his profession a no nonsense doctor with a caring bedside manner with his diagnosis and treatment plan I was back in the game in no time
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
Dr. Meli has been treating me for a rotator cuff tear. Prior to seeing him I thought I was going to live with pain forever. He immediately knew what was wrong with me and how to fix it. The surgery went amazing and they have one of the best physical therapists I've been ever been to. I highly recommend anyone with a knee or shoulder problem to this guy.
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
The moment I walked into the office I felt a sense of ease. From check in to check out and all in betweeen the office ran flawless. Dr meli and his assistant made me feel so comfortable. Any questions I had were answered in full and I would highly recommend Dr. meli to anyone.
in Weston FL |
Dr MELI has an impeccable bedside manner. Attention to detail and patience and helping you understand What is going on with your health. Highly recommended
in Pompano Beach, FL |
I would recommend Dr Meli to anyone I could. Caring dr. He listens and sent me to a great physical therapy place. Maximum Fitness. Ken Findley the best Therapist. Dr Meli is a true professional and I trust his opinion and I will return
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
Would not recommend this Doctor. After twenty years of great medical care with the Cleveland Clinic I was hit by car at work and HAD to use workers comp Doctors. I was so much worse after having my knee "scoped". He seemed to take it very personal that I was worse after his surgery. He blamed my weight and arthritis for post surgery pain. Fact, had rode bike 10.2 miles to work and played 18 hole the day of accident. 90 day after his surgery, I had a total knee replacement. Very condescending.
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
My Son is a college athlete; he suffered a shoulder injury and was referred to Orthopedic Specialist since the suspected damage cannot be seen on X-Ray. We chose Orthopedics MD. The girl (Mandy) responsible for medical Prior-Authorizations must be contacted repeatedly to get anything done. I had to call Mandy several times; She was repeatedly rude; overstepped bounds and completely confused the paperwork! If Mandy is still working there, find another option with competent Staff and NO MANDY!
in Fort laurderdale |
I heard wondeful comments about Dr. Meli from a PT whom I highly trust, unfortunately the office cordination is a disaster. How's this as an example, scheduled for Preop mri test of shoulder only to find I was scheduled for a knee exam. Good thing they got the correct side of the body. To better the situation, I received all sorts of finger pointing as to why it happened. Wow, a simple, apology and let's fix this would have corrected this plus so much more. Instead it was a he said she said...
in Deerfield Beach, FL |
I was sent to Dr. Meli for Arthroscopic surgery for 2 tears in my left knee meniscus. His office staff treated me quickly and answered all my questions. Jada his nurse was also very helpful. Surgery was preformed at Holly Cross Outpatient Surgery. My experience there was very good. After surgery I was able to walk without any pain or discomfort and followed all post his op orders. Good JOB and Thank You to Dr. Meli and his staff and his therapist John
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
After 2 years, my leg & knee pain is no better. I should have just moved to a one story home quicker and worn my brace. Nice busy man. Poor results. Indifferent office/staff. Many rounds of P.T. Stay away from The "Joint Center." Just a marketing tool for the hospital.
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
While the doctor himself seems to be good, his office, his front desk, the automated telephone system are ALL below par, and is so bad in general as to give the entire practice a Poor rating. They are positively rude at the front desk, will not return phone calls, are brusk and uncaring people. The doctors, while technically good, have no clue about running a practice and caring for patients, seems like a purely money-making operation with little regard for the patient experience.
in Miami Lakes, FL |
Dr. Meli told me that I had no injury to my left knee and that everything looked great. I could not stop hurting and got a second opinion from another doctor. Turns out I had a big problem and needed surgery to repair. I would not recommend Dr. Meli to anyone. Seems like I got scooted away because I was a younger patient that couldn't possibly have a dislocated knee cap. Or maybe because I was a workman's comp case? Either way, not such a great experience.
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
EXCELLENT RESULTS AND STAFF
in Pompano Beach, FL |
Highly recommend DR Meli because of his down to earth manners, friendliness , and caring of the patient. He also does NOT waste time and is very timely with his patient. All three visits I made for my knee surgery he was very prompt.
in North Lauderdale, FL |
A friend recommended Dr. Meli and I had one visit with him. I left confused and not too happy. It was like he didn't want to answer my questions. Would I ever go back NOOOOO. Here's my question to you...why am I getting a survey now when it's been quite awhile???
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
Overall a pleasant experience. No hassles.
in Pompano Beach, FL |
Dr Meli explained the problem in detail, then went over possible action to get a solution. Always followed through. I've had great results on both knee scopes.
Ft Lauderdale, FL |
Building entrance, and general office appearance, old and outdated. No privacy at reception desk. Long wait time.
in Lauderhill, FL |
Flawless service from Dr. Meli and his staff! My injury was quite traumatic for me, but with such superior service I was able to make the necessary adjustments and get back to normal.
in Margate, FL |
Dr. Meli knew exactly what was wrong with my shoulder and I was able to get the therapy I needed. Thank you.
in Boca Raton, FL |
The best doctor !!!
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
I arrived to the office with what I was hoping was an injury that would not require surgery. After a very complete set of x-rays and exams I was lucky enough to find my hope to be true. I was referred to an amazing physical therapist who quickly had my rehabilitation on the right path.
in Boynton Beach, FL |
After the last experience my wife and I had with Dr. Meli we wouldn't recommend your offices to anyone. In fact if some one mentions his name I would tell them to RUN FOR THEIR LIFE!!! A lot of people go to Cracker Barrel even though the food is substandard. These are the same people that will keep your practice alive!!!
in Fort Lauderdale, FL |
He did not explain that I would need MONTHS of pt and follow ups that my insurance didn't cover. I was also told by pt and other Dr's, after the fact, that usually just physical therapy would have sufficed. Also, this survey request was sent almost 2 years after my surgery.
in Fort Lauderdale, FL |
Horrible. Did not address my problem at all. He walked out of the room as I was speaking cut me off and was very rude. I was only assigned to him for a Workmans comp case so maybe that's why he was required not to treat my back injury as a real issue. Have since gone elsewhere and received excellent care for a very real and painful and persistent problem with my spine.
in Margate florida |
He was great fixed my shoulder. Don't like the area hes,in can't get parking space. To far away from where,I live but hes,great.
in Fort Lauderdale, FL |
Dr. Meli has performed two arthroscopic surgeries, one knee and one shoulder. Both experiences were well beyond my expectations. Both outcomes continue to amaze and please me. I have already recommended Dr. Meli to friends. His demeanor is just as praiseworthy as his surgical skill.
in Fort Lauderdale, FL |
Provided excellent care
in Pompano Beach, FL |
DR. MELI HAS WORKED ON MY LEFT SHOULDER TWICE MY RIGHT SHOULDER ONCE SCOPED BOTH KNEES AND A FULL REPLACEMENT ON MY LEFT KNEE OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS. HE HAS KEPT MY QUALITY OF LIFE UP,I AM A 62 YEAR OLD PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER. AND MY ATHLETIC DREAMS STILL GOING FOR YEARS TO COME.. I CONSIDER HIM AS FAMILY. WITH RESPECT AND LOVE. THE ENTIRE OFFICE AND STAFF ARE FANTASTIC.
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
My experiences have been complete recovery. I tore tendons in both legs and have full flexibility. I tore a rotator cuff and still shoot in the 80's (that's a golf score for those of you who don't play). Dr. Meli, his staff and his associates are top notch in my book. James G. McCulla
in FT LAUDERDALE FLORIDA |
MY EXPERIENCE WITH DR MELI VERY PROFESSIONAL. I WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM RECOMMENDING HIM TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
in FLORIDA |
I was very satisfied and will definitely recommend Dr. Meli again....Dennis Rausch
New York, NY |
Dr.Meli is very confident in his ability and methods; almost to a fault. He doesn't always listen and creates his own idea of how you are feeling despite you saying exactly how you feel yourself. Often seems to be in a rush.
in Pompano Beach, FL |
every thing went great for me, would do it again
in Boynton Beach, FL |
I had a good experience with Doctor Meli.. Doctor Meli reconstructed the ACl in my right knee acceptably well so that I could go back and play the sports I love so much (e.g., Volleyball, Basket Ball and soccer).. Before the surgery, Doctor Meli explained the procedure very well and gave me plenty of time to decide whether or not to have the surgery. I would recommend him to anyone thinking about having an ACL reconstructive surgery.
in Coconut Creek, FL |
Dr Meli is always extremely courteous and professional. Great Doctor. Mandy was also very helpful she's the best. Kudos for keeping her on staff
in Coral Springs, FL |
I've always had a great deal of confidence with Dr. Meli.
in Davie, FL |
The waiting time is acceptable and minimal...treated very friendly yet professional...always a positive experience....enjoy my time with Dr. Meli....he answers all my questions and concerns and gives me very good advice on keeping my complete right knee replacement in shape...fun to talk to but also, very professional....
in Florida City, FL |
I would recommend Dr.Meli to everyone; His compassion and caring approach to taking care of his patients was greatly appreciated by my; in addition, he is extremely knowledgeable in his field and I trust his judgment
I was misdiagnosed about a knee sprain. Was released back to work while still in pain because he said I was ready for full duty. Ended up making it worst that when I started. Didn't listen to me at all.
in Fort Lauderdale, FL |
He basically gave me my life back. I was in constant pain and limped.
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
HERE IS A SUMMARY OF MY DEALINGS WITH DR.MELI : HE PERFORMED TWO TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENTS WHICH BOTH BECAME INFECTED IN A MATTER OF WEEKS. THE SECOND INFECTION OCCURED BECAUSE DR. MELI DIID NOT GIVE THE FIRST INFECTION SUFFICIENT TIME TO HEAL.WHEN I TOLD A MEMBER OF HIS STAFF THAT IDIDN'T WANT TO DEAL WITH HIM ANY LONGER THEY RECIPRCATED BY REFUSING TO ANSWER THE PHONE WHEN I CALLED.
in Ft. Lauderdale, FL |
My surgery went very well. Dr. Meli was terrific from the first time I met him until my last follow-up visit. I would and have recommended Dr. Meli.
in Allentown, PA |
Wonderful I had my surgery in Florida but now live in Allentown Pa. I would highly recommend Dr. Meli and his staff.
in pompano beach florida |
I do not recommend medical or financial people to friends or family
in Davie, FL |
DR Meli is highly professional and to the point.
in Ft Lauderdale, FL |
Took a very conservative approach to knee pain and it paid off as problem settled down and no shots or surgery needed.
in Oakland Park, FL |
Very friendly and caring individual. Gives undivided attention to his patients and you tell he genuinely shows concern for the heath and well being of his patients.
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Dr. Meli III's Care Philosophy

Evidence based medicine.

Dr. Meli III's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Background Check

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    Sanctions

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Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Miami / School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1984

  • Internship Hospital
    New York Hospital Medical Center Of Queens

    Completed in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    Cabrini Medical Center

    Completed in 1987

    Detroit Rec Hospital and University Health Center

    Completed in 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Arthritic Hip Reconstruction Surgery
  • Arthritic Knee Reconstruction
  • Arthritic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Articular Cartilage Repair
  • Bone and Joint Repair
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) of Hip Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate