Elizabeth Dailey, MD

Dr. Dailey is dedicated to getting her patients back to the activities they love. She is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon whose practice is focused on arthritis care and treatment of knee and hip disorders, including joint replacement surgery. She serves as the Marin General Hospital Medical Director for Joint Replacement Surgery, coordinating care pathways and bringing state-of-the-art practices to our community.

Dr. Dailey completed her residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, during which time she presented papers at orthopedic meetings and led resident education programs. She then completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, a nationally recognized program with world-renowned experts in joint replacement surgery. Her training there focused on minimally invasive procedures such as partial knee replacement and complex revision and reconstructive procedures for failed joint replacements. Dr. Dailey uses evidence-based surgical techniques to get her patients back to participating in their favorite activities. She performs direct anterior approach total hip replacement surgery, total and partial knee replacement surgery, and treatments based on individualized care planning for each patient.

Dr. Dailey spends her free time with her amazing husband, Dave, and very energetic son, Nathan, who arrived in 2015. She enjoys everything Marin has to offer, from the Discovery Museum to hiking and camping with her family’s golden retriever, Indiana Jones. Dr. Dailey is honored to be involved in your care and will work with you toward regaining your fulfilling lifestyle.

Dr. Dailey’s CV


  • University of Notre Dame, BS Pre-medical studies and Political Science (Notre Dame, IN)
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine, MD (Chicago, IL)

Orthopedic Training

  • Residency – University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Fellowship – Adult Reconstruction & Joint Replacement Surgery
    Midwest Orthopedics at Rush (Chicago, IL)

Practice Focus

Dr. Dailey performs general orthopedic procedures, in addition to operative trauma procedures such as arm, ankle, and leg fractures, all with a focus on patient satisfaction and function. She has specialized training in minimally invasive total and partial knee replacements and total hip replacement procedures from either the minimally invasive posterior or anterior approach.

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, certification until 2027

Active Medical Licensure

  • California 132012
  • Illinois 036.132810
  • Washington MD 60328814


  • Member, American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Arthroplasty, Arthroplasty Today
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Chief Resident, University of Washington
  • Orthopaedics Research and Education Fund Journal Club Grant Recipient
  • University of Washington Resident Research Grant Recipient
  • Washington State Orthopaedic Association, 2nd place Resident Research Award


  • Dailey EA, Vann E, Sanders S, Berger RA “Single- vs. Dual-Antibiotic Therapy for Periprosthetic Joint Infection” 2014 Rush Orthopedics Journal
  • Dailey EA, Cizik AM, Kasten J, Chapman JR, Lee MJ. “Risk Factors for Readmission of Orthopaedic Surgical Patients.” JBJS 2013 Jun 5;95(11):1012-9
  • Pennock AT, Phillips CS, Matzon JL, Daley[sic] E “The Effects of Forearm Rotation on Three Wrist Measurements: Radial Inclination, Radial Height, and Palmar Tilt.” J Hand Surg Am 2005 Jul;10(1):17-22
  • Alavanja G, Dailey E, Mass DP “Repair of Zone II Flexor Digitorum Profundus Lacerations Using Varying Suture Sizes: A Comparative Biomechanical Study.” J Hand Surg Am 2005 May;30(3):448-54
  • Amirouche FA, Dailey EA, Gonzalez MH. “A Finite Element Model of Silicone Implant Pistoning to Predict Fatigue Stress in Metacarpophalangeal Arthroplasty.” Submission to: J of Engineering in Medicine


  • “Single- vs. Dual-Antibiotic Treatment for Periprosthetic Joint Infection.” Rush Research Day presentation, June 2014
  • “Making the Subjective Objective – Outcomes Measures in Orthopaedic Surgery.” University of Washington Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Seattle, WA. April 2013
  • “Risk Factors for Readmission of Orthopaedic Surgical Patients” – AAOS National Meeting, Podium Presenter Chicago, IL, March 2013
  • “Can 30-Day Readmission of Orthopaedic Surgical Patients Be Prevented?” Washington State Orthopaedic Association. Bellevue, WA. November 2011