Mark A. Vitale, MD, MPH

HAND, WRIST & ELBOW SURGEON
  • College: Tufts University, Medford, MA
  • Medical School: Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Fellowship: Fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    Visiting Clinician Observership in Elbow Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Mark Vitale, MD, MPH, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and a fellowship-trained specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of hand, wrist and elbow conditions and injuries. He holds a subspecialty certificate of added qualifications in surgery of the hand and upper extremity. Dr. Vitale’s expertise includes treatment of arthritis of the hand, wrist and elbow, fractures of the upper extremity, rehabilitation of sports injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow, arthroscopic treatment of wrist and elbow disorders, nerve compression syndromes of the upper extremity including carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome, microsurgical reconstruction of nerve injuries, treatment of masses in the hand such as ganglion cysts, and upper extremity tendon repair and reconstruction. In addition, he cares for hand differences and disabilities seen in infancy and adolescence as well as pediatric hand, wrist and elbow fractures. Dr. Vitale has been designated by Endo Pharmaceuticals as an ‘experienced injector’ of Xiaflex® for  Dupuytren’s Disease. He is able to treat many patients with Dupuytren’s contractures non-operatively with an injectable enzyme which breaks down the cords that cause fingers to bend into the palm.

Dr. Vitale graduated from Tufts University where he majored in biopsychology. He earned a doctorate in medicine from Columbia University where he also earned a masters in public health to better understand epidemiology and research methodology as it pertains to healthcare and orthopedic surgery specifically. He completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center where he served as chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he was recognized as the Alice D. Jensen Fellow in Hand Surgery.

Dr. Vitale enjoys publishing and lecturing on hand, wrist and elbow injuries and surgical techniques, and has been a leader in orthopedic and hand surgery research throughout his career, having published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as authoring several book chapters and invited articles.  He has presented his work at regional, national and international scientific meetings for the American Society of Surgery of the Hand, the American Association for Hand Surgery, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and other conferences.  He serves as a Consultant Reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery, the Journal of Wrist Surgery, HAND, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and the Bone and Joint Journal.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and an active Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. In 2014 Dr. Vitale was honored by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand with the Ronald Linscheid-James Dobyns Excellence in Wrist Surgery Award.  In 2016 Dr. Vitale was honored by his peers among all practicing physicians in Fairfield County with the Melvin Magida Award in recognition of excellence and compassion in patient care. He is the only orthopaedic surgeon to have been awarded this honor in its 37 year history. Since 2016, Dr. Vitale has ranked annually among the Top Doctors in Hand Surgery in the Region and in the New York Metro Area by Castle Connolly. In 2019, Dr. Vitale received the Doctors of Distinction Cutting Edge Award for his contributions to his specialty through research.

Dr. Vitale is committed to the highest quality of medical care and seeks the optimal outcomes for his patients via both surgical and non-surgical techniques.

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Testimonials

I wish there was more I could do or say to express my appreciation for both the doctors and the therapists at ONS. I had a really terrible finger injury over 2 years ago. Over the course of 2 years I have tried two different surgeries with a different popular practice in Stamford and have had no luck. I understand my injury is one that is difficult to fix and takes tremendous patience and attention- so really this is no diss at my previous doctor by any means. Despite my surgeries being with a different practice, my PT/OT was always with ONS and specifically Tara. If you have the opportunity to work with Tara after surgery, rest assured you are in good hands. Tara helped give me confidence in my hand and movement in my finger during a very trying time in my life. I was discouraged and frustrated I wasn’t getting movement after both my surgeries and Tara was always positive and patient- I am forever grateful for that. After not healing right from the second surgery even after tons of OT, I decided to get a second opinion from ONS doctors since I had such a good experience with their physical therapy. Within minutes, Dr. Vitale looked at my hand and knew exactly what had happened and that I had gotten a contracture post op from the trauma to my hand. Without making any medical assumptions, he sent me for an MRI and the results concluded what he assumed to be true. We scheduled treatment and got the ball rolling right away. I can’t describe to you the level of attention and care ONS will provide you. They are a smooth running operation and the communication from doctors to PT is second to none. They truly care about their patients. From coordinating times that will work with my crazy schedule and just sending an email to ask how my splint is holding up. The small details are what matter most when you are medically frustrated. They made me feel like there was more they could do for me and it was at least worth a try for every procedure we did. I always had confidence in their medical advice and fully trusted their decisions. I can’t see how anyone could give this practice or PT office a bad review. They are medically up to date and provide high end care all while keeping the human component alive. I am so grateful I found ONS. In a world and in a city where you have many options for orthopedic care, I know it can be difficult to choose. I knew I had to leave a review to help people like me who felt stuck with their medical treatment and who needed someone different. Give ONS a call, you will not he disappointed. (5 Star Review on Yelp from E.S. October, 2019)

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Watch Dr. Vitale’s presentation on Elbow Nerve Injuries

Dr. Vitale discusses 3D printing for patient-specific wrist surgery

 

AFFILIATIONS

American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
New York Society for Surgery of the Hand (NYSSH) 
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (FAAOS)
Orthopaedics Overseas (OO)/Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO)
American Medical Association (AMA)
Connecticut Orthopaedic Society (COS)

CERTIFICATIONS

Subspecialty Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery and Upper Extremity, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery

ADDITIONAL HONORS

Fairfield County Cutting Edge Doctor of Distinction Award, 2019
Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor in Hand Surgery, 2016 – 2019

Moffly Media Top Doctors in Fairfield County, Hand Surgery, 2018-2019
Greenwich Magazine Top Doctor, 2018-2019
Stamford Magazine Top Doctor, 2018-2019
New Canaan/Darien Top Doctor, 2018-2019
New York Magazine Top Doctor, 2018
Melville G. Magida Award, Fairfield County Medical Association – 2016

Excellence in Medical Research, Doctors of Distinction Award – 2015
Ronald Linschied – James Dobyns Excellence in Wrist Surgery Award, American Society for Surgery of the Hand – 2014
40 Under 40 WAG/FFCBJ Award – 2014
Alice D. Jensen Fellow Award, Mayo Clinic – 2012
Frank E. Stinchfield Award, New York Orthopaedic Hospital – 2011
Senior Resident Teacher of the Year Award, New York Orthopaedic Hospital – 2011
Robert E. Carroll Award, New York Orthopaedic Hospital – 2010
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Resident of the Year Award – 2008
Third Place Resident Research Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Orthopaedics – 2008
Harold M. Dick Award, New York Orthopaedic Hospital – 2008
Second Place Resident Research Award, Brooklyn Orthopaedic Society – 2008
New York Orthopaedic Hospital Award, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons – 2006
Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons – 2005
Outstanding Clinical Scientific Paper of the Year, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America – 2005
Third Place Resident Research Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Orthopaedics – 2002
Second Place Research Award, International Congress of Spine Surgery -2002

PUBLISHED RESEARCH

Clain, J.B.; Vitale, M.A.; Ahmad, C.S.; Ruchelsman, D.E.  Ulnar nerve complications after ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction of the elbow: A systematic reviewAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine.  47(5):1263-1269.

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08/12/2019