Dr. Michael Vitale Named Chief Quality Officer

In an effort to make hospital stays safer and more comfortable for patients, Columbia Orthopedics has appointed Dr. Michael Vitale to be the department’s first-ever Chief Quality Officer.

“My vision was to make quality an integral part of our department and no one in the country is better suited to lead this charge than Dr. Vitale,” commented William Levine, MD, Frank E. Stinchfield Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Vitale will lead a multidisciplinary team of nurses, surgeons, and other specialists, including full-time quality improvement nurse practitioner, Jennifer Crotty, and fellow, Kevin Wang, in the development and implementation of pre-operative educational tools that will help set realistic expectations and improve communication, while emphasizing non-pharmacological pain management.

The multidisciplinary team will focus on maintaining and improving quality, safety, and value for all patients.

About Dr. Michael Vitale – Chief Quality Officer

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. The Study Group conducts extensive multicenter international research focused on improving the care of young people with scoliosis.

Dr. Vitale also leads the Conservative Treatment of Scoliosis Center, with Co-Director Hagit Berdishevsky. 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.