Vitale is the Ana Lucia Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Chief of the Pediatric Spine Service
at Children's Hospital of New York.
Vitale completed his medical schooling in 1995 at the Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons where he also earned a Masters
in Public Health. He then completed his residency in Orthopedic
Surgery, and a Subspecialty Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics
at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
significant part of Dr. Vitale's practice involves the nonoperative
and operative treatment of children with spinal problems such as
scoliosis. As part of the National Chest Wall and Spinal Deformity
Study Group, he has a special interest in the treatment of scoliosis
in the young child including use of the Vertical Expandable Titanium
Rib Device (VEPTR) and growing rods.
Vitale also performs complex limb reconstruction surgery of the
lower extremity for problems such as Blount's disease, leg length
differences, and malunions of bones. Though a variety of techniques
are used to address these problems, many are handled using a computer
controlled external fixator called the Taylor Spatial Frame.
Chief of Clinical Research for the Division of Pediatric Orthopedics,
Dr. Vitale directs a large research effort which focuses on the
assessment of patient outcomes in children with various orthopedic
problems, and ways to optimize the quality of life of these children.
Vitale travels abroad regularly as part of volunteer efforts to
help children with orthopedic problems. He is available for consultation,
with offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
his spare time, Dr. Vitale runs marathons, skis, sails and Scuba
Dives, and attempts to keep up with his partner, Dr Roye, in triathlons.
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M.D. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, May
M.P.H. Columbia University School of Public Health, May 1995
Concentration in Outcome Studies
B.S. Trinity College, Hartford, CT. May 1989
Biology/ Psychology Double Major
Honors Thesis: Developmental Interactions Between the Dopamine and
08/01/00 - 08/01/01
Pediatric Orthopedics: Childrens’ Hospital Los Angeles under
Dr. Vernon Tolo
08/01/96 - 08/01/00
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
08/01/95 - 08/01/06
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Department of General Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic
American Academy of Pediatrics
New York State Orthopaedic
Society of North America
Limb Lengthening and Reconstructive
Club of New York
Brooklyn Orthopaedic Society
Children of China Medical
Scoliosis Research Society