Advanced Pediatric Spinal Deformity Fellowship

Advanced Pediatric Spinal Deformity Fellowship

The Advanced Pediatric Spine Deformity Fellowship at the NewYork-Presbyterian Och Spine Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is the only fellowship of its kind in the country. Dr. Michael Vitale is the director of this fellowship along with Co-Directors Dr. Lawrence Lenke and Dr. Richard Anderson.

Candidates who apply to this fellowship will already have completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery or Neurosurgery as well as a Fellowship in Pediatrics or Spine Surgery. Available as a 6- or 12-month term, the Advanced Pediatric Spine Fellow will be exposed to the entire gamut of Pediatric Spine Deformity Care.

Currently, approximately 320 pediatric spinal deformity cases are performed at this institution annually. The fellow will have broad exposure to the operative and non-operative care of patients with congenital, neuromuscular, syndrome and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and will gain experience in techniques ranging from Mehta casting, growing rods, use of a halo, VEPTR, MAGEC, PSIF, SPO, and VCR. There will also be an opportunity to gain experience in the management of pediatric cervical spine disorders through a partnership with Pediatric Neurosurgery.

The fellow will also gain experience in non-operative management of AIS including optimum use of Rigo-Cheneau style bracing and scoliosis therapy utilizing the Schroth method. Additionally, the fellow will be expected to participate in an active clinical research enterprise.


For more information, or to apply to this fellowship, please contact Ari Almonte at 212.305.5475 or by email: aa3531@cumc.columbia.edu