Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH, specializes in the nonoperative and operative treatment of children with complex spinal problems. He has a special interest in the treatment of Early Onset Scoliosis including use of the Vertical Expandable Titanium Rib Device (VEPTR) and growing rods. Dr. Vitale also performs complex limb reconstruction surgery of the lower extremity 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 is often funded by multi-year grants, and published in leading medical journals, as well as 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 believes in improving the quality of life for all children with orthopaedic problems. He has been advocating for children globally through the Institute of Medicine, as well as the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and recently traveled to Haiti to help young earthquake survivors.
• 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