Spine Disorders & Scoliosis

The Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian offers care for infants, children, and adolescents with scoliosis and spinal deformities. The orthopaedic surgeons at our Center work with other pediatric specific specialists such as anesthesiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, pulmonologists, pain specialists, cardiologists and physical therapists.  

More children's spine surgery is performed at Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Center than any other single center in New York.  We are engaged in cutting edge research including investigations into the effect of chest wall deformity on pulmonary development, outcomes of various treatments for scoliosis and spine deformity and the effect of spine deformity on quality of life. 

Spinal Conditions

Advanced Treatments & Technologies



Non Fiction

• Scoliosis A Guide for Children and Their Families by Michael G. Vitale and Amber Sentell, Mizerik, PA-C

• Staying Out of Trouble in Pediatric Orthopedics

• Patient Guide What to Expect: Conservative Scoliosis Care

• Patient Guide What to Expect: Your Child’s Spine Surgery

• Straight Talk with the Curvy Girls by Theresa Mulvaney and Robin Stoltz


• Braced by Alyson Gerber

• Dear Isaac Newton You’re Ruining My Life by Rachel Hruza

• When Life Throws You a Curve by Elizabeth Golden

• I’m Bent Not Broken by Caroline Bielen

• Deenie by Judy Blume

• Cole and the Crooked Flower

• Being Grace by June Hyjek

• Beautiful Crooked Letter I by Shae Smith


  • Curvy Girls
  • Growing Spine Foundation
  • Setting Scoliosis Straight
  • HARMS Study Group
  • Safety in Spine Surgery


  • Higgy Bears 
  • Hope’s closet 
  • Embraced in Comfort
  • Brace Buddies 
  • Straight Talk Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis Tracker App for Iphone and Ipad
  • Brace Mentoring Program 
  • Columbia’s Patient to Patient Program
  • Facebook Support Groups
  • SHIFT scoliosis
  • Patient Education
  • AAOS Ortho
  • POSNA OrthoKids


  • National Scoliosis Foundation 
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Patient Education Site OrthoKid
  • Scoliosis Research Society 
  • Dr. Vitale’s Website