- 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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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)
Subspecialty Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery and Upper Extremity, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fairfield County Cutting Edge Doctor of Distinction Award, 2019
Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor in Hand Surgery, 2016 – 2020
Moffly Media Top Doctors in Fairfield County, Hand Surgery, 2018-2020
Greenwich Magazine Top Doctor, 2018-2020
Stamford Magazine Top Doctor, 2018-2020
New Canaan/Darien Top Doctor, 2018-2020
New York Magazine Top Doctor, 2018. 2020
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
Wei D.H.; Cantlon, M.B.; Wakefield, D.B; Vitale, M.A. Risk factors for skin tears following collagenase clostridium histolyticicum to treat Dupuytren contractures. Journal of Hand Surgery. 45(10):989.e1-e10. Oct 2020
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 review. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 47(5):1263-1269. Apr 2019
Vitale, M.A.; Chen, C.-C.; Rizzo, M.; Moran, S.L. Pyrolytic carbon arthroplasty versus suspensionplasty for trapezial-metacarpal arthritis. Journal of Wrist Surgery. 6(2): 134-143; May 2017.
Ruchelsman, D.E.; Vitale, M.A. Extensor carpi ulnaris subsheath reconstruction. Journal of Hand Surgery. 21(11):e433-439; Nov 2016.
Hodgins, J.L.; Vitale, M.A.; Arons, R.A.; Ahmad, C.S. Epidemiology of medial ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction: A 10-year study of New York State. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 44(3):729-34; Mar 2016.
Seetharamen, M.; Vitale, M.A.; Desai, K.; Crowe, J.F. Extensor pollicis longus rupture after Mini Tightrope suspensionplasty. Journal of Wrist Surgery. 5(2):143-6;May 2016.
Vitale, M.A.; Brogan, D.M.; Shin, A.Y; Berger, R.A. Intra-articular fractures of the sigmoid notch of the distal radius: analysis of progression to distal radial ulnar joint arthritis and impact on upper extremity function in surgically treated fractures. Journal of Wrist Surgery. 5(1):52-8; Mar 2016.
Vitale, M.A.; Fruth, K.R.; Rizzo, M.; Moran, S.L.; Kakar, S. Prosthetic arthroplasty versus arthrodesis for osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis of the index finger proximal interphalangeal joint. Journal of Hand Surgery. 40(10):1937-1948;Oct 2015.
Adams, J.E.; Calfee, R.P.; Vitale, M.A.; Strauch, R.J.; Barron, O.A. Dorsal proximal interphalangeal joint fracture-dislocations: evaluation and treatment. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Instructional Course Lectures. 64:261-72;2015, Rosemont, IL.
Vitale, M.A.; Roden, A.C.; Rizzo, M. Tenosynovitis of the wrist and thumb and carpal tunnel syndrome caused by Histoplasma capsulatum: case report and review of the literature. HAND. 10(1):54-59;Mar 2015.
Sethi, P.M.; Vadasdi, K.; Greene, R.T.; Vitale, M.A.; Duong, M.; Miller, S.R. Safety of open suprapectoral and subpectoral biceps tenodesis: an anatomic assessment of risk for neurologic injury. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 24(1):138-42;Jan 2015.
Vitale, M.A.; Seetharamen, M.; Ruchelsman, D. Perilunate dislocations. Journal of Hand Surgery. 40(2):358-362; Nov 2014.
Vitale, M.A.; Doc, will this injection make my trigger finger go away? Commentary on an article by Robert D. Wojahn, MD et al: “Long-term outcomes following a single corticosteroid injection for trigger finger. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 96-A(22):e191:1-2;Nov 2014.
Huish, EG; Vitale, M.A.; Shin, A.Y. Acute proximal row carpectomy to treat a transscaphoid, transtriquetral perilunate fracture-dislocation: case report and review of the literature. HAND. 8(1):105-109; March 2013.