About Derek K. Paul, M.D., F.A.C.S

General, laparoscopic, and oncological surgeon Derek K. Paul MD, FACS, provides compassionate and comprehensive care to patients at his practice in Vero Beach, Florida. He has worked in the community for 25 years and is highly rated at the national level.

Dr. Paul completed his undergraduate education at Boston College and the University of Miami, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Biology minor. He then attended New York Medical College, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Paul completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, and served as the Trauma Chief Resident, Vascular Chief Resident, and General Surgery Chief Resident.

Following his medical training, Dr. Paul has worked as both the Vice Chief and Chief of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital (formerly known as Indian River Medical Center) in Vero Beach, Florida. He also presently works as a clinical assistant professor of general surgery at Florida State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Paul is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a member of its committee on applicants. In addition, he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, and a member of the Florida Surgical Society, Indian River County Medical Society, and American Society of Breast Surgeons. 

Dr. Paul has been honored with Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. “Top Doctor” awards since 2008, Healthgrades Guide to America’s Top Doctors and Hospitals awards since 2008, and Consumer’s Research Council of America’s Top Surgeon award in 2010 and 2011. 

He has contributed his expertise to various publications on general surgery topics, including studies on laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. 

Dr. Paul is currently a practicing surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, Grove Place Surgery Center and Sebastian River Medical Center.

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  • Super job by the good doctor and his team. Thank you all. I could not have asked for or expected a better result.

    Rod R.
  • Five stars are not enough... Dr. Paul and his staff, Janice and Emilie, met me at the beginning of my breast cancer journey...

    Edie R.
  • ...Their regard and genuine attention to my anxiety helped to assuaged my fear, helping to replace it with hope by actively listening and ensuring I was well-informed...

    Edie R.
  • ...Their professionalism and patient-care approach cannot be measured in stars... Thank you!

    Edie R.
  • Both procedures went as good as they possibly could have....from making appmnts. to recovery time. If I need any more fixin'- he's the guy.

    Robert A.
  • He is the most concerned caring Dr. I have ever had. He takes time with patients. Hopefully I'll never need a general surgeon but if I do, it will definitely be Dr Paul.

    Regina S.


Derek K. Paul, M.D., F.A.C.S
3735 11th Circle, Suite 101
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: 772-569-5660
Fax: 772-569-4343

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