Dr. Vitale’s Bio
Michael Vitale MD MPH—Operative and Non Operative Scoliosis Treatment Pioneer
A world’s leader pediatric spine surgeon in New York City, founder of the Safety in Spine Surgery Project (S3P), Dr. Michael G. Vitale is a world-renowned specialist in the non-operative and operative treatment of complex pediatric scoliosis and spinal disorders, performing approximately 200 scoliosis procedures every year—half of which are in children less than 10 years of age. Dr. Vitale’s surgical practice leverages specialized multidisciplinary teams to optimize care of adolescents with scoliosis, and uses innovative treatments for younger children with scoliosis, including magnetic spine lengthening rods (“MAGEC”), and non-fusion procedures such as anterior vertebral tethering (AVBT) for juvenile scoliosis.
He also has a special interest in the conservative management of scoliosis and leads a best-in-class team of Schroth scoliosis therapists, Rigo-Chêneau style bracing experts, and cast technicians with extensive experience at Mehta casting. Dr. Vitale is consistently recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, and has been the named among the top 50 physicians providing scoliosis care in the United States by Becker’s Spine Review.
Dr. Vitale received his undergraduate degree in biology and psychology from Trinity College, and attended medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he also completed a Master’s degree in Public Health. He remained at Columbia for his residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Leading Pediatric Spine Surgeon in New York City
Dr. Vitale is the Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery within the Department of Orthopaedics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Dr. Vitale is also Vice Chair for Quality and Strategy in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, leading efforts to improve outcomes, ensure patient safety, and develop new advances in patient care. He is also Chief of Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Service for the NewYork-Presbyterian health system, where he has focused on improving the care of children with spinal deformity since joining the staff of the Morgan Stanley Childrens Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian in 2001.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Vitale is a prolific researcher, having published approximately 200 articles focused on pediatric spine surgery and patient safety, and is the author of several books, including digital resources, on these topics. Recognized as a leader in the academic orthopedic community, he is the recipient of numerous national awards, and has held various national leadership positions, including Chairman of the Safety in Spine Surgery Summit, Founder of Safety in Spine Surgery Project (S3P), Chairman of the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, President of the Children’s Spine Foundation and Pediatric Spine Study Group.
In 2020, Dr. Vitale assumed the role of President of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Please check out this podcast from 2019 to learn more.
Dr. Vitale serves on the Board of Crutches for Kids and Alexandras Playground, which he co-founded with his wife, Andrea. A leader pediatric spine surgeon in New York City, an avid skier, marathon runner, and recreational tri-athlete, Dr. Vitale’s biggest pleasure is spending his free time with his wife and four sons.