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Dr. Fabien D. Bitan is an ORTHOPEDIC SPINE SURGEON in private practice in Manhattan. He is the director of Spine Surgery services at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr Bitan was trained in Paris, France where he gained his Medical Degree and his Board Certification in Orthopedic Surgery.

His orthopedic training was right away strongly oriented towards spinal surgery. One of the marking moments of his training years was the twelve months he spent at the "Institut Calot" in Berk-sur-mer in the North of France. The "Institut Calot" is one of the most prominent centers for the treatment of spinal deformities (SCOLIOSIS AND KYPHOSIS) in Europe. Dr Cotrel has been the chief surgeon of this institution where he designed the "Cotrel-Dubousset Instrumentation" in the mid-eighties. Dr Bitan had the utmost privilege of being in training in these early years and acquired extensive experience and skills in the use of this revolutionary technique way before it became wide spread in the entire orthopedic world. (Nowadays, this technique is recognized throughout the world as one of the most influential breakthrough in spinal surgery over the last decades). Dr Bitan, enriched by a personal experience of more than a thousand surgical cases is recognized in France as one of the experts in spinal instrumentation, especially in Scoliosis and Kyphosis.

Since his residency Dr Bitan has also been familiarized with ARTIFICIAL DISC REPLACEMENT technology (Charite Disc), which at this time was only used in France in one institution (Hopital Beaujon, Clichy, France).

Dr Bitan practiced spine surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Paris, France from 1989 to 1996. He specialized in Spine Deformities on pediatric and adult patients.

After ten years of combined academic and private practice in France, he came to New York where he decided to settle. Dr Bitan successfully completed two fellowships - one at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York (Pediatric Orthopedic Department) and the second at Beth Israel Medical Center (Spine Institute). He received his Board certification from the American Association of Physician Specialists. His activity is shared between direct patient care and clinical research. His clinical field is exclusively Spinal Surgery including spinal deformities and various spine diseases. He has been the principal investigator for the FDA trial for Artificial Disc procedure and the only surgeon in the whole North East designated to use this technology for over four years until the FDA approved this technology in 2004.

Dr Bitan's department became one of the most experienced centers in the country using this technology. Since approval in 10/2004, he has participated in surgeons training in Cincinnati, OH every month. By offering treatment for the most difficult cases using the most modern technologies, his center intends to gradually reverse the flux of patients flying to Europe to have their surgery done and left without proper medical follow-up when back to the US.

Dr Bitan also embraced new MINIMALLY INVASIVE TECHNOLOGIES perceiving the importance of these new techniques in patients' recovery. . He has become a tutor for other surgeons to adopt these innovative methods. The use of minimally invasive techniques in Spine Surgery requires extensive training and efforts. Today Dr Bitan uses MIS for most of his spinal fusions. He is the editor on a book on Minimally Invasive techniques due in December 2006.

He organizes and supervised research projects in the field of Scoliosis, Artificial Discs, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and Treatment of OSTEOPOROTIC SPINAL FRACTURES using KYPHOPLASTY.

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