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Dr. Alex Gitelman
Board Certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon


Alex Gitelman, MD

Dr. Gitelman is a board certified orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in:

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Reconstructive and Revision Spine Surgery
  • Motion Preserving Technologies
  • Back and Neck Trauma
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Cervical and Lumbar Stenosis
  • Cervical and Lumbard Disk Herniations
  • Sciatica
  • Spine Tumors
  • Failed Back Syndrome/Failed Multiple Spine Surgeries

Education

  • Medical: State University of New York – Downstate, Brooklyn, NY

Training

  • General Surgery Internship: Stony Brook Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Stony Brook Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY
  • Spine Surgery Fellowship: UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Medical Association

Hospital Affiliations

Awards and Achievements

  • Patients’ Choice Award, 2011-2013
  • Compassionate Doctor Award 2011-2013

Research and Publications

Journal Publications

  • Gitelman A, Most M, Stephen M. Thoracic Spine Fracture-Dislocation without Neurologic Injury – Case Report and Literature Review. Am J Orthop. 2009;38(10):E162-E165.
  • Gitelman A, Hishmeh S, Morelli B, Joseph SA, Casden A, Kuflik P, Neuwirth M, Stephen M. Cauda Equina Syndrome – Current Concepts Review. Am J Orthop. 2008;37(11):556-562.
  • Gitelman A, Joseph SA, Carrion W, Stephen M. Results and Morbidity in a Consecutive Series of Patients Undergoing Spinal Fusion with Iliac Screws for Neuromuscular Scoliosis. Orthopaedics 2008; 31:1198/li>
  • Mallo GC, Gitelman A, Jones J, Grossman MG. Exuberant synovitis following subacromial decompression and platelet-derived growth factor injection. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2010 Jul;19(5):e6-9.

Book Chapters

  • Gitelman A, Rinella AS, Wang JC. Thoracic Disc Disease. In: Wang JC (ed) Advanced Reconstruction: Spine. AAOS, Rosemont, IL. Published 2011.
  • Basho R, Gitelman A, Wang JC. 2012. Esophageal Perforation - Immediate versus Delayed Repair. In: Clark CR (ed) The Cervical Spine. LWW, Philadelphia, PA. Published 2012.
  • Gitelman A, Basho R, Wang JC. Intra-Operative Vertebral Artery Injury - Pack Off, Tie, Repair, or Embolize. In: Clark CR (ed) The Cervical Spine. LWW, Philadelphia, PA. Published 2012.
  • Basho R, Gitelman A, Wang JC. Mechanical Low Back Pain: Operative – Fusion. In: Bhandari M (ed) Evidence-based Orthopedics. Blackwell Publishing Limited, Oxford. Submitted for publication in 2013.
  • Gitelman, A, Parhiscar A. Hand Surgery in Rheumatoid Disorders. In: Parhiscar A, ed. Handbook of Plastic Surgery 1st edition, New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers; in press March 2004.
  • Gitelman A, Basho R, Wang JC. Bone Graft Substitutes / Biologics. In: Decision Making in Spinal Care, 2ed. Thieme Medical Publishers, published 2013.

Posters

  • Gitelman A, Jovanovich NE, Daffner SD, Ge P, Wang JC. Incidence of dural tears among patients undergoing anterior cervical discectomy and fusion or anterior cervical corpectomy with or without use of intraoperative microscope. Presented at American College of Spine Surgery annual meeting in June 2010, Newport Beach, CA.
  • Gitelman A, Jovanovich NE, Daffner SD, Ge P, Wang JC. Incidence of irrigation and debridement among patients undergoing lumbar microdiscectomy with or without use of intraoperative microscope. Poster presentation at American College of Spine Surgery annual meeting in June 2010, Newport Beach, CA.
  • Jovanovich NE, Gitelman A, Daffner SD, Ge P, Wang JC. Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: An Analysis of Recent Trends and Variations in Surgical Technique. Submitted for presentation at the 2010 North American Spine Society meeting.
  • Jovanovich NE, Gitelman A, Daffner SD, Ge P, Wang JC. Posterior/Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: An analysis of Recent Trends and Variations in Surgical Technique. Submitted for presentation at the 2010 North American Spine Society meeting.
  • Gitelman A, Joseph SA, Carrion W, Stephen M. Results and Morbidity in a Consecutive Series of Patients Undergoing Spinal Fusion with Iliac Screws for Neuromuscular Scoliosis. Presented at International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques in July 2007.
  • Valdevit A, McDermott E, Gitelman A, Kambic HI, Elster TI, Haher T, Errico JP. A Displacement Transducer With Applications for Measurement of Intervertebral Spinal Motion. Presented at Spine Arthroplasty Society 4 (SAS 4), 2004.
  • Valdevit, A, McDermott A, Gitelman A, Kambic H, Elster T, Haher T, Errico JP. Characterization Of A Displacement Transducer For Recording Of Spinal Deflections. Presented at Orthopaedic Research Society 51st Meting, Washington DC.
  • Haher T, Merola A, Gitelman A, Valdevit A. Biomechanics of Long Segment Fixation: An In Vitro Analysis of the Effect of the Number of Fixation Points on Construct Stiffness. Presented at World of Spine 2005 meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.