For the fifth year in a row, Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH has been named one of the Top Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons in North America. Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Vitale is also the Chief of Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Surgery, co-Director of the Division of Pediatric Orthopedics, and Chief Quality Officer of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at this facility.
Dr. Vitale was named along 17 other orthopedic surgeons in Orthopedics This Week. In his blurb, the publication praised him by noting:
“He is a surgeon, researcher, and educator who has delved into quality and value and safety initiatives. He is a real leader in this field. Runs the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, a great educational event.”
One of the Top Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons’ Specialization
Dr. 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.
Researching Cerebral Palsy Across the Age Range
Dr. Vitale serves as director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Group and leads the clinical research team in their efforts. Under Dr. Vitale’s leadership, the group has published over 150 peer-reviewed publications in the field, including research on cerebral palsy across the age range. According to Dr. Vitale:
“Our research spans from lower extremity research, looking at things like club foot and Blount’s disease to research focused on cerebral palsy and, specifically, the needs of patients as they become older with cerebral palsy, an area that has been largely neglected.”