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Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH

Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH

Ana Lucia Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University

Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon,Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York

Associate Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Chief, Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


Office: 212-305-5475 | Appointments: 212-305-4565

Surgical Scheduling & Precertification: 212-305-0622

Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH, specializes in nonoperative and operative treatment of complex pediatric spinal problems. He has a special interest in early onset scoliosis treatments, including use of a magnetic spine lengthening device called “MAGEC” that eliminates the need to perform repeat spinal surgeries every 6-9 months on growing children. Dr. Vitale also performs complex limb reconstruction surgeries on the lower extremities for problems such as Blount's disease, leg length differences, and malunions of bones.

As director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Group, Dr. Vitale leads the clinical research team in their efforts, which are often funded by multi-year grants, published in leading medical journals, and presented at national and international conferences. He has authored numerous original manuscripts and textbook chapters on the treatment of scoliosis. As a member of the Board of the National Chest Wall and Spine Deformity Study Group, he participates in multicenter studies aimed at improving the care of young people with scoliosis.

Dr. Vitale is dedicated to improving the lives of all children with orthopedic problems and advocates for their needs globally through the Institute of Medicine and at a national level through the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Following the major earthquake in 2010, he traveled to Haiti to help survivors of this natural disaster.

Patient Stories 

•  Gabriella's amazing story: Overcoming Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the Tibia with Dr. Vitale's help. Click here to watch her story.


Gabriella on the news:

Fox5 New York

 

•  Samii, a teenager with Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, was treated by Dr. Vitale.  It inspired her to launch the non-profit group, SHIFT Scoliosis.  Click here to read her story.

 

Webinar

 

•  Dr. Vitale took part in the webinar, "Surgical Management of Early Onset Scoliosis: Types of Growth Sparing Constructs."  

 


Education

1989Bachelor of Science
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
1995Doctor of Medicine
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY
1995Masters of Public Health
Columbia University Joseph Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY

Postdoctoral Training

1995-1996Internship in General Surgery
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University,, New York, NY
1996-2000Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery
New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
2000-2001Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Fellow
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Licensure

  •    New York
  •    New Jersey
  •    Connecticut

Board Certification

  •    Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
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