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.
• 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:
• 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.
• Dr. Vitale took part in the webinar, "Surgical Management of Early Onset Scoliosis: Types of Growth Sparing Constructs."
|1989||Bachelor of Science|
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
|1995||Doctor of Medicine|
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY
|1995||Masters of Public Health|
Columbia University Joseph Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY
|1995-1996||Internship in General Surgery|
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University,, New York, NY
|1996-2000||Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery|
New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
|2000-2001||Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Fellow|
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA