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Practice contact
51 West 51st Street
Suite 370
New York New York 10019
Michael Vitale MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon - Pediatrics Specialty
Surgeon - 30 years in practice
Primary Practice: ColumbiaDoctors | Midtown

Practice Contact

Office Address
51 West 51st Street
Suite 370
New York New York 10019

Clinical Expertise

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) Back Pain Congenital Scoliosis Conservative Care for Spine & Scoliosis Cerebral Palsy Spinal Disorders Early Onset Scoliosis Idiopathic Infantile Scoliosis Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis Kyphosis Marfan Syndrome Muscular Dystrophy: See Link 1 and Link 2 Neurofibromatosis Neuromuscular Scoliosis Osteoid Osteoma Scoliosis Spina Bifida (Myelomeningocele) Spinal Deformities Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome Torticollis


Dr. Michael G. Vitale is a leader New York Pediatric Spine Surgeon. He is the Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, he is also Director of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery as well as the Chief of the Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Service at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York – Presbyterian. Dr. Vitale is a New York Pediatric Spine Surgeon specializing in spine surgery as well as non-operative treatment of complex pediatric scoliosis and other spinal disorders. He has a special interest in the treatment of patients with Early Onset Scoliosis. As a leader spine surgeon, he has pioneered numerous innovative surgical techniques, and has developed spinal instrumentation systems to improve the care of children with scoliosis. Dr. Vitale received his Masters of Public Health from Columbia University Joseph Mailman School of Public Health. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, which was followed by a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and a one year fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in University of Southern California. Leader New York Pediatric Spine Surgeon Dr. Vitale serves as the director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Group, and has over 100 peer reviewed research publications in the field of pediatric orthopaedics, including a number of efforts leading national guidelines aimed at improving quality and safety of pediatric spine surgery. He has received numerous national awards from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America including the Arthur H. Huene Memorial 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 International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank. Dr. Michael G. Vitale leader New York Pediatric Spine Surgeon with his happy patientDr. Michael G. Vitale with his patient, Samantha B. Dr. Vitale is the recipient of the Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors award for 5 consecutive years and has been named to 50 Physicians in the US in the area of Scoliosis Care by Becker’s Spine Review. Leading Non Operative Scoliosis Treatment Dr. Vitale also 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. Most recently, Dr. Vitale has developed a career interest in the area of Quality Improvement, leading the research arm of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America’s Committee on Quality, Safety, and Value, serving as the Medical Director of New York Presbyterian’s Initiative to Make Care Better, and serving as the Chief Quality Officer of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Vitale is an avid skier, marathon runner, and recreational triathlete. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four sons.
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Primary Practice

Primary practice
ColumbiaDoctors | Midtown

Hospital Affiliations

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(212) 305-5437

Education & Training

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, University of
New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia-Presbyteri
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia Uni
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