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Michael G. Vitale, MD

Board Certifications: 
Orthopedic Surgery
Expertise in: 
Pediatric Orthopedics, Spine, Cerebral Palsy
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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Credentials & Experience

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Clinical Expertise

  • Spine
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Revision Spine Surgery
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Instrumentation Surgery
  • Spine Injury
  • Spine Disorder
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Care
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Traumatic Spine Stabilization
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis
  • Neck and Lumbar Spine Problems
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Neck/Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Spine Deformities
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Trauma
  • Surgery
  • Stenosis of Lumbosacral Spine
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Spine Problems

Specialties

Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Honors & Awards

  • Leadership Fellows Program Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2002
  • Nominee for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 2000
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of New York. Award for Best Resident Research Paper, 1998; 2000
  • Harrison McLaughlin Award in Orthopaedic Trauma, 1998
  • Frank Stinchfield Award in Orthopaedic Research, presented at the Annual NYOH Alumni Reunion, 1997
  • Rosamond Cane Cummins, 52 Memorial Award in Pediatric Orthopaedics, 1995; 1998; 2000
  • Medical Society of the State of New York State, Community Service Award, 1995

About Michael Vitale

Michael G. Vitale, MD - Director of Pediatric Orthopedics at ColumbiaDoctors

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.

Academic Titles

  • Ana Lucia Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at CUMC

Administrative Positions

  • Chief, Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Surgery
  • Co-Director, Division of Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Chief Quality Officer, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Gender

  • Male

Insurance Accepted

AARP

  • Medicare Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Priority
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare (Mediblue)
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • NYP Employee Plan

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare (NY)

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

POMCO

  • POMCO

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Medicare Managed Care

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Contact & Locations

1
3959 Broadway
Suite 800
New York, New York 10032
Phone:
(212) 305-5475
Fax:
(212) 305-8271
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2
51 West 51st Street
Suite 370
New York, New York 10019
Phone:
(212) 305-5475
Fax:
(212) 305-8271
3
155 White Plains Road
Suite W100
Tarrytown, New York 10591
Phone: (212) 305-4565

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