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Awards & Honors

Dr. Vitale’s list of awards and honors:

  • 2016–2023: Top Doctors New York Metro Area (digital guide)
  • 2012–2023: New York Magazine: Top Doctors
  • 2023: Bent Not Broken Award, Monday, October 23, 2023 at the TPFF Paige Fraser Gala
  • 2020: President of Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • 2011–2020: Top Doctors: US News and World Report
  • 2019: Vice President of Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • 2018/2019: President of Pediatric Spine Study Group (PSSG)
  • 2016: Orthopedics This Week: 17 of the Top North American Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons Development
    This list is of the most impressive pediatric orthopedic surgeons in North America. This information was obtained via a survey of thought leaders in the field.
  • 2013: Becker’s Spine Review List: 50 Spine Surgeons Focusing on Scoliosis Development
    The list includes physicians focused on scoliosis and spinal asymmetry surgery and research. Many spine surgeons included in this list are leaders among scoliosis organizations and academic institutions.
  • 2013: Samburg Scholars in Children’s Health Award
    To recognize outstanding achievement in pediatric medicine and to foster the work of young leaders in the field, New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York, New York
  • 2012: Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award
    Pediatric Orthopaedic  Society of North America
    Title: Assessing the Reliability and Validity of an Early Onset Scoliosis
    Subgroup Classification Schema
    Sponsor: Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
    June 1, 2012–May 31st ,2013
    Principal Investigator: Michael G. Vitale
    Co-Investigator: David P. Roye, Benjamin Roye, Hiroko Matsumoto
    Amount: $30,000
  • 2009: First Place Award for Best Resident Paper
    Health Related Quality of Life in Children with Early Onset Scoliosis: Validation of the Early Onset Scoliosis Questionnaire (EOSQ). Corona J, Roye Jr DP, Matsumoto, Avendano J, Vitale MG. Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Washington DC. October 2009. $1,000 awarded.
  • 2008: First Place Award for Best Resident Paper
    Risk Factors for Spinal Cord Injury during Spinal Deformity Surgery: An Analysis of SEP and MEP Monitoring. Gomez JA, Vitale MG, Moore D, Matsumoto H, Emerson RG, Booker WA, Gallo E, Hyman JE, Roye Jr DP. Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Boston, MA. October 2008. $1,000 awarded.
  • 2007: Scoliosis Research Society New Investigator Award
    For the study “CT Analysis of Pedicle Screw Placement in Pediatric Patients”
  • 2007: POSNA Angela S. M. Kuo Young Investigator Award
    For the study “Quality of Life, Burden of Care and Parental Impact in Children and Families Undergoing Repetitive Surgery for Early Onset Scoliosis
    Principle Investigator: MG Vitale
    Co-Investigator: DP Roye Jr, JE Hyman, H Matsumoto
  • 2006: POSNA 2006 Traveling Fellowship Recipient
    One of three pediatric orthopaedic Surgeons chosen to represent the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North American during 3 weeks of visitations to centers of pediatric orthopaedics in Europe
  • 2006: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006 Section on Orthopaedics, Second Place Resident Research Award
    Patient-based Outcomes in Club Foot Treatment: A Long Term Follow Up Study Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Atlanta, Georgia. Samuel DS, Hyman JE, Matsumoto H, Morcuende J, Vitale, MD. $1,000 awarded.
  • 2005: Robert N. Hensinger 2005 Clinical Scientific Paper Award
    For presenting the Outstanding Clinical Paper presented at the 2005 POSNA Annual Meeting entitled “Volume of Scoliosis Surgery Among Surgeons with Spine versus Pediatric Fellowship Training in the States of New York and California”
  • 2002: Irving Scholar Award
    Irving Center of Clinical Research, Columbia University, New York, New York
  • 2001: Leadership Fellows Program Award
    AAOS National Fellowship Program designed to select and train those with Leadership potential within the Field of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2000: Nominee for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award
    Arnold P. Gold Foundation
  • 1998, 2000: Award for Best Resident Research Paper
    Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of New York
    Awarded at the Annual POCNY Research Conference
  • 1995, 1998, 2000: Rosamond Kane, ’52 Memorial Award in Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • 1998: Harrison McLaughlin Award in Orthopaedic Trauma
  • 1998: Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Research Fellowship
    Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 1997: Frank Stinchfield Award in Orthopaedic Research
    Presented at the Annual NYOH Alumni Reunion
  • 1995: Community Service Award
    Medical Society of State of New York State
  • 1994: Dean’s/NIH Award for Basic Science Research
    Supported six months of work in the Biochemistry Section of the Orthoapedic Research Laboratory at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center working under Anthony Ratcliffe, PhD  and Van C. Mow, PhD. Responsibilities included cartilage harvest and culture, refinement of in vitro system of mechanical loading, RNA and DNA isolation, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction
  • 1990: Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowship
    A national scholarship, which supported one year of independent research. Research focused on an exploration of the cultural context of health care in England, Italy and Japan