Paul M. Sethi, MD

  • College: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1993
  • Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, New York, 1997
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, 2002
  • Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Institute, Los Angeles, California, 2003
Paul Sethi, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine conditions of the elbow, knee and shoulder.  He is a leading research physician who speaks at academic and instructional medical conferences in the US and abroad. His research on surgical advances for the shoulder, elbow and knee is regularly published in leading medical journals including the Journal for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Arthroscopy, and the Journal of American Academy for Orthopaedic Surgery. He also collaborates with outside companies for education and research purposes and to develop medical procedures on the shoulder, elbow and knee. He is a member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Society and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  He is President of the  ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education.

Dr. Sethi completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles, CA. His research on athletic performance while a resident surgeon at Yale, his studies of professional basketball players, and his experience as a college varsity athlete have provided Dr. Sethi with first-hand experience and an informed perspective for understanding sports-related injuries and conditions.

Dr. Sethi served as orthopedic consultant to the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and former assistant team physician of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, Los Angeles Kings hockey team, the Los Angeles Dodgers and University of Southern California football team.

Today Dr. Sethi serves as team physician to Greenwich High School, Brunswick High School and Iona Preparatory High School. In regular speaking engagements he asserts that proper fitness conditioning is essential to preventing sports injuries for professional as well as amateur athletes.

As President of the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, Dr. Sethi’s research has recently included clinical study of the use of a long lasting analgesic, Exparel, during surgery to reduce the need for opioids to control post surgical pain; the establishment of better methods for surgical skin preparation (cleaning) to lower the risk of surgical infection; development of a new technique to repair chronic or weakened biceps tendons; and the evaluation of surgical needles in tendon surgery to establish international guidelines on needle use.

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Dr. Sethi has been an advocate for opioid sparing solutions for post surgical pain and has been interviewed on television and print multiple times on the topic.

Read the article “The Mystery of the Vanishing Screwball” published in NY Times where Dr. Sethi researched how throwing a “screwball” pitch effects the arm.

Watch Dr. Sethi speak about the following topics:   Minimizing Narcotic Use in Orthopedic Surgery; Orthopedic Surgery Applications of Stem Cells; Preventing Infections in Shoulder Surgery


AAOS Achievement Award 2017, 2018
Castle Connolly Americas Top Doctors 2009-2018
New York Magazine Best Doctors 2013-2014, 2017
Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors 2009-2018
Greenwich Magazine Top Doctors 2010, 2013-2018
New Canaan Magazine Top Doctors 2010, 2012-2018
Stamford Magazine Top Doctors 2010, 2012-2018
US News and World Report Top Doctor 2011
Westport Magazine Top Doctors 2010, 2012-2018


American Shoulder and Elbow Society
Clinical Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT


American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Connecticut Orthopaedic Society
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
New England Shoulder and Elbow Society
Yale Orthopedic Association


Orthopaedic Consultant to the Los Angeles Dodgers
Former assistant team physician Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball
Former assistant team physician Los Angeles Lakers Basketball
Former assistant team physician Los Angeles Angels Hockey
Team physician Greenwich High School: 2002-Present
Team physician Iona Preparatory High School: 2005-Present
Team physician New Canaan High School Football: 2009-Present
Team physician Darien High School Lacrosse: 2014-Present
Team physician Purchase College: 2015-Present


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery  – Board Certified
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – Sports Medicine


Fairfield County Doctor of Distinction Award, 2016
Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2009-2018
New York Magazine Best Doctors 2013-2014
Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors 2009-2018
Greenwich Magazine Top Doctors 2010, 2013-2018
New Canaan Magazine Top Doctors 2010, 2012-2018
Stamford Magazine Top Doctors 2010, 2012-2018
US News and World Report Top Doctor 2011
Westport Magazine Top Doctors 2010, 2012-2018


Macroscopic Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy and Histopathology Do Not Predict Repair Outcomes of Rotator Cuff Tears by Paul. M. Sethi, MD, Chirag D. Sheth, BS, Leo Pauzenberger, MD, Mary Beth R. McCarthy, BS, Mark P. Cote, DPT,MS, Emma Soneson, BS, Seth Miller, MD, Augustus D. Mazzocca, MS, MD ( The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Volume: 46, Issue: 4, pages 779-785 (January 2018)

Conditions & Treatments Include:


  • I had shoulder pain for a couple of years, knowing that eventually rotator cuff surgery would be necessary. Dr. Sethi at ONS was fantastic, helping me with PT and exploring non-surgical options, and understood my reservations and concerns. Once the last cortisone shot wore off we scheduled surgery for December 2017. He cautioned me that for six weeks I would curse him but in six months I would praise him. 20 weeks after surgery I was hitting golf balls, in far less pain than before the surgery – I don’t even need the Advil and Aleve I used to use. I can’t recommend Dr. Sethi and ONS more highly! (5 star review left on the ONS Facebook page by John F.)

  • Dr Sethi helped saved our son’s chances of getting into college after a very bad meniscus tear. We are forever grateful for the care and his expertise in correcting the problem. He always made my son a priority, giving our son his full attention, and I’m sure he puts the same effort into every patient. Thank you very much for everything, we look forward to seeing our son back on the court this season. We hope we never have to return, but if we do, we know we are in the best hands. ( 5 star review on Yelp from Jessica P. in Easton, CT)

  • Dr. Sethi is kind and compassionate and inspires confidence. From the very first appointment, through surgery and recovery, he proved to be an expert in his field. (Five star review on Healthgrades from Donna in Bedford, NY)

  • Dr. Sethi is an amazing doctor, and a really nice guy. He operated on my knee and my daughter’s shoulder. Both procedures had a perfect outcome!  He has a wonderful bedside manner and really cares about his patients. He explained everything and took the time to answer my questions. I highly recommend Dr. Sethi. (5 Star review on Healthgrades by S.B. of Rye, NY)

  • Dr Paul Sethi is a wonderful person and a fine surgeon! His office is run efficiently and is always on time. Dr. Sethi is generous with his time and answers all the questions and concerns I have. I am very grateful to Dr. Sethi for giving me a new shoulder! I would recommend him to my friends and family! (5 Star review on Healthgrades by B.F. of New York, NY)

  • I had rotator cuff surgery in October 2016. Dr. Sethi was not only professional and knowledgeable, he was the most caring doctor I’ve ever met. Post surgery pain was minimal… 3 months later I am 99% better. I cannot say enough about him and his staff. (Comment from Health Grades)

  • I was fortunate to have Dr. Sethi with my two knee surgeries. I love the way he treats his patients, takes his time to explain, and makes sure you understand the problem and the options you have. Very knowledgeable and trustworthy. The prospect of surgery is never pleasant, however, Dr. Sethi and his team made the experience enjoyable. Very thankful! (comment from RateMD)

  • Ready for my 50+ tennis career, all thanks to Dr. Sethi. He’s amazing and gave me a high degree of confidence through the entire process. Thank you! (comment from RateMD)

  • I wish every doctor had the bedside manner of Dr. Paul Sethi. Thank you so much! (Patient Survey)

  • ONS is the best! My family and I would not go anywhere else. Dr. Sethi and Dr. Miller are top shelf. I refer everyone to go to ONS. (Patient Survey)

  • This is one of the best experiences I have ever had in a doctor’s office. The people were GREAT, and the process was VERY quick and virtually painless. I would definitely recommend your office to my friend sand family. I give you all the best! (RJB)

  • Dr. Sethi has consistently been attentive, professional, competent, timely, and just an absolute pleasure to work with. My shoulder surgery was a huge success and he supported me through every step of the process. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough! (Patient Survey)

  • My experience with the entire ONS practice is nothing short of exceptional. The doctors are beyond caring and are professional and respectful of my time which is almost unheard of these days. I recommend your facility for both Dr. Heftler and Dr. Sethi to anyone wanting fantastic quality and care. (Patient Survey)

  • Dr. Sethi was amazing and caring. He listened to all of my concerns and fears. He spent time talking with me and had a wonderful bedside manner with my daughter. I would recommend Dr. Sethi to anyone because not only is he great, but the staff is exceptional as well. I truly appreciate everything that was done for my daughter in the office and at the time of surgery. When  I called after the surgery my call was returned immediately. Thank you all for taking such good care of my daughter. It means the world to me that she was in such good hands. All the best to all of you. (Patient Survey)

  • I chose to go to Greenwich for Dr. Sethi because his reputation is superior to anyone in the city. He is the most sympathetic, wonderful man. My friends can’t believe my incredible recovery. I highly recommend him to anyone. (MP)

  • William McHale: Getting Back in the Game

    Will McHale Paul Sethi MD
    William McHale with ONS Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist Paul Sethi, MD who has provided orthopedic care for Will since the 7th grade.

    The doctors at ONS have always been my resource for orthopedic issues. I met Dr. Paul Sethi when I broke my ankle playing football in 7th grade. In high school I broke my wrist and had a number of other strains and sprains, each time, returning to ONS. Dr. Paul Sethi is a sports medicine doctor who has an athlete’s mentality when it comes to treatments and recovery. He has a balanced view of treating an injury thoroughly and properly- while understanding the urgency of getting the athlete back to the game as soon as possible.

    I played linebacker for Yale University and started in 30 consecutive games between my sophomore year and the end of my senior year. In my senior year though, I tore the labrums in both of my shoulders. It was so bad that I had to wear a restrictive brace to keep my shoulders from slipping out of the socket during games. I couldn’t do most of the upper body weight training regime. It was rough. I had to get them repaired. On top of everything, I was under pressure to recover in time for my Pro Day in front of NFL scouts.

    McHale Push Up Position
    Will McHale – post shoulder surgery.

    The surgeries went great. Dr. Sethi found more damage than originally showed on the MRIs.  Afterward, did physical therapy three to four times a week. By four months post surgery, I was able to do most of the prescribed exercises and my shoulders felt back to normal. I regained all my strength between six and seven months after surgery.

    Dr. Sethi was completely sensitive to my goal to perform well on my Pro Day, and he worked with me to set up an aggressive rehab schedule. I was able to return to play with complete confidence in the strength of my shoulders, and I haven’t had any issues with them since! The result was that my Pro Day went great, and I was invited to Minicamp with the New Orleans Saints! I just returned from playing professional football in France and played at 110%! (WM)

  • “Paul is an amazing orthopedist. I went to 3 orthopedists and physiatrists who told me there was nothing wrong with my knees….” read more on YELP from Rob P.

  • Dr. Sethi: Thank you so much for everything you have done to help me reach my dream of playing at Elon. I can’t tell you how much your words of encouragement have meant to me this past year. (CG)

  • “Hi Dr. Sethi– Shoulder feels great. Scored on a 75-yard bomb on our first play of the season. Thanks for all you did for me.”

  • Dr. Sethi: Just a small a word to tell you thanks for all you’ve done for [my son.] Not only have you repaired him physically, but emotionally as well. I am eternally grateful to you for your genuine interest in my son. (LG)

  • Dr. Sethi– You would never believe what I can do with my arm (shoulder) now!!! (AP)

  • Dr. Sethi– Thank you for providing your expertise and service. You performed a ACL replacement, OAT’s procedure, and meniscectomy on my left knee. As a veteran and college student of limited means…thank you for your medical service. (MZL)

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