Dr. Michael Vitale, MD

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Dr. Michael Vitale, MD
Dr. Michael G. Vitale specializes in the non-operative and operative treatment of complex pediatric scoliosis and other spinal disorders, and performs approximately 200 scoliosis procedures every year, half of which are in children less than 8 years of age. Dr. Vitale has a special interest in innovative treatments for younger children with scoliosis, including the use of a magnetic spine lengthening device ("MAGEC") which eliminates the need to perform repeat spinal surgeries every 6-9 months on growing children, non-fusion procedures such as vertebral stapling and vertebral tethers, "growing rods," and the "Shilla" procedure. As part of his commitment to innovation in Scoliosis treatment, Dr. Vitale helps to lead the Children's Spine Study Group, which conducts extensive multicenter international research focused on improving the care of young people with scoliosis. Dr. Vitale salso leads the Conservative Treatment of Scoliosis Center, with Co-Director Hagit Berdishevsky. One of the only programs of its kind, the Center focuses on avoiding surgery with attention to scoliosis specific Schroth physical therapy and state-of-the art expert brace options including the Rigo System Cheneau brace. For the youngest children with scoliosis, Dr. Vitale runs an active Mehta casting program and has successfully used this method to reverse spinal curvature in numerous patients. For those who need surgery, Vitale, also the Chief Quality Officer for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, has a focus on making sure every procedure is done in the safest possible way. In fact, Vitale has written extensively on best practices in the care of patients with scoliosis. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Vitale serves as director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Group and 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. Under Dr. Vitale's leadership, the group has published over 150 peer reviewed publications in the field. In recognition of his clinical and academic leadership, Dr. Vitale has received numerous national awards from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America including the Arthur H. Huene Memeorial Award, the Angela M Kuo Award Young Investigator Award, the Robert Hensinger Scientific Paper Award, as well as the Hansjorg Wyss Research Award, the Frank Stinchfield Research Award, the Rosamond Kane Award in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, and the Harrison Mclaughin Award. Dr. Vitale also serves numerous roles in the national governance of the field – currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, chairing the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Society, leading the efforts of the Scoliosis Research Society on Advocacy for Unmet Needs of Children for Pediatric Medical Devices, serving on the Executive Committee of the Children's Spine Study Group, and is a Member of the prestigious International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank. Dr. Vitale is the recipient of the Castle Connolly Top Doctors award for 5 consecutive years and has been the named To 50 Physicians in the US in the area of Scoliosis Care by Becker's Spine Review. An avid skier, marathon runner and recreational triathlete, Dr Vitale's biggest pleasure is spending his free time with his wife and four Sons.

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    Dr. Vitale's Performance
    • Trustworthiness
      EXCELLENT
    • Explains condition(s) well
      EXCELLENT
    • Answers Questions
      EXCELLENT
    • Time well spent
      EXCELLENT
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      EXCELLENT
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      EXCELLENT
    • Staff friendliness
      EXCELLENT
    • Average wait time
      16 to 30 minutes
    Patient Comments (6)
    in Milford, PA |
    I found Dr. Vitale to be amazing! My daughters Spinal Fusion surgery went wonderfully and her curvature has been corrected to almost perfect. He is knowledgeable and experienced and we have recommended him to at least two other patients.
    in Garden City, NY |
    Dr. Vitale is an amazing human being and an incredibly talented surgeon. He really cares about his patients, their feelings and apprehensions. My daughter, Zara, is one of his patients. She was very against the surgery that she desperately needed for scoliosis. After meeting with Dr. Vitale she felt at ease and said to me on the way out of his office, "Dad, is it weird that I am looking forward to having this surgery?" The surgery was a great success and she has no limitations at all. Amazing!
    in Rhinebeck,NY |
    Amazing doctor, great staff. Worth the wait to see them. From the first visit with our daughter I knew we were in the best hands. Wouldn't recommend anyone else.
    in Dix Hills, NY |
    Dr. Vitale is an incredible Doctor and surgeon! The surgery he performed on my daughter's back was incredibly successful! She is perfect and JUMPING HORSES thanks to Dr. Vitale!
    New Jersey |
    We have been patients of Dr. Vitale for the past 8 yrs. Our experience in the office, whether it be to schedule appointments, checking in w Isabelle, meeting w Anne for our initial office check and notes, conferring with Amber about our current situation and for follow-ups, scheduling surgeries with Aida or consulting with Dr. Vitale, has been nothing but stellar. Dr. Vitale is an expert in his field yet remains conservative with treatment. He spends as much time as needed with us each visit.
    in Yonkers, Ny |
    Dr,. Vitale and his team are caring and thorough. His team works to ensure my son's comfort and ease during each appointment. I have not experienced the same level of care with any other doctor.
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    Dr. Michael G. Vitale specializes in the non-operative and operative treatment of complex pediatric scoliosis and other spinal disorders, and performs approximately 200 scoliosis procedures every year, half of which are in children less than 8 years of age. Dr. Vitale has a special interest in innovative treatments for younger children with scoliosis, including the use of a magnetic spine lengthening device ("MAGEC") which eliminates the need to perform repeat spinal surgeries every 6-9 months on growing children, non-fusion procedures such as vertebral stapling and vertebral tethers, "growing rods," and the "Shilla" procedure. As part of his commitment to innovation in Scoliosis treatment, Dr. Vitale helps to lead the Children's Spine Study Group, which conducts extensive multicenter international research focused on improving the care of young people with scoliosis.

    Dr. Vitale salso leads the Conservative Treatment of Scoliosis Center, with Co-Director Hagit Berdishevsky. One of the only programs of its kind, the Center focuses on avoiding surgery with attention to scoliosis specific Schroth physical therapy and state-of-the art expert brace options including the Rigo System Cheneau brace. For the youngest children with scoliosis, Dr. Vitale runs an active Mehta casting program and has successfully used this method to reverse spinal curvature in numerous patients.

    For those who need surgery, Vitale, also the Chief Quality Officer for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, has a focus on making sure every procedure is done in the safest possible way. In fact, Vitale has written extensively on best practices in the care of patients with scoliosis.

    In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Vitale serves as director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Group and 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. Under Dr. Vitale's leadership, the group has published over 150 peer reviewed publications in the field.

    In recognition of his clinical and academic leadership, Dr. Vitale has received numerous national awards from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America including the Arthur H. Huene Memeorial Award, the Angela M Kuo Award Young Investigator Award, the Robert Hensinger Scientific Paper Award, as well as the Hansjorg Wyss Research Award, the Frank Stinchfield Research Award, the Rosamond Kane Award in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, and the Harrison Mclaughin Award.

    Dr. Vitale also serves numerous roles in the national governance of the field – currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, chairing the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Society, leading the efforts of the Scoliosis Research Society on Advocacy for Unmet Needs of Children for Pediatric Medical Devices, serving on the Executive Committee of the Children's Spine Study Group, and is a Member of the prestigious International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank.

    Dr. Vitale is the recipient of the Castle Connolly Top Doctors award for 5 consecutive years and has been the named To 50 Physicians in the US in the area of Scoliosis Care by Becker's Spine Review.

    An avid skier, marathon runner and recreational triathlete, Dr Vitale's biggest pleasure is spending his free time with his wife and four Sons.

    Dr. Vitale's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  Malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

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      Dr. Vitale has 1 malpractice claim

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      • Settlement (12/8/2015)
      • Amount or Range: Above Average
      • Nature of Complaint: Zip Code or County of Event: 11209
      • State: New York
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    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Conditions Treated

    • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
    • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
    • Adult Cerebral Palsy
    • Adult Scoliosis
    • Back Pain
    • Bone Disorders
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Cerebral Palsy Dystonia
    • Cerebral Palsy, Spastic, Diplegic
    • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
    • Clubfoot
    • Degenerative Scoliosis
    • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
    • Hernia
    • Hip Dysplasia
    • Hip Dysplasia, Beukes Type
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
    • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Kyphosis
    • Limb Length
    • Limp in Children
    • Lordosis
    • Osgood Schlatter Disease
    • Pediatric Foot Disease
    • Pediatric Spine Deformities
    • Runner's Knee
    • Scoliosis
    • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
    • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
    • Spastic Tetraplegic - Cerebral Palsy
    • Spasticity
    • Spine Disorders
    • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
    • Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Education

    • Medical School
      Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons

      Graduated in 1995

    • Internship Hospital
      Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University

      Completed in 1996

    • Residency Hospital
      New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

      Completed in 2000

    • Fellowship Hospital
      Children's Hospital Los Angeles

      Completed in 2001

    • Undergraduate School
      Trinity College, Hartford, CT

      Graduated in 1989

    • Other Education
      Mailman School Of Public Health, Columbia University

      Completed in 1995

    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    Specialties

    • Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Pediatric Non-Surgical Orthopedics
    • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

    Procedures Performed

    • Cerebral Palsy Surgery
    • Complex Pediatric Spine Surgery
    • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
    • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
    • Complex Spine Surgery
    • Growing Rod Surgery
    • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
    • Kyphosis Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Pediatric Hip Surgery
    • Pediatric Spine Surgery
    • Pediatric Surgical Procedures
    • Scoliosis Surgery
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Spinal Reconstruction
    • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
    • Spine Surgery
    • Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib Surgery (VEPTR)