New York, NY (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
Dr. James C. Wittig has again been named a top orthopedic surgeon in New York magazine's latest guide to the “Best Doctors in New York.” Time and again, Dr. James Wittig has earned the distinction of being among the finest in the country – and that’s according to leading physicians in his field. Dr. Wittig, an Orthopedic Oncologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, dedicates his practice exclusively to limb-sparing surgery; pediatric and adult bone and soft tissue sarcomas; benign musculoskeletal tumors; metastatic cancers; as well as complex hip and knee replacement surgery. In addition to his office at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Wittig sees patients at offices in Hackensack and Morristown, New Jersey as well as in Long Island, NY.
On any given day, you will find Dr. Wittig in surgery, making rounds or conferring with colleagues on the next best option for his patients. It is this assiduous schedule that keeps Dr. Wittig at the forefront of his field, earning him accolades yearly and again this year. In addition, he recently co-authored “Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgical Oncology,” a much needed resource and whose time had come. Co-authored also by Martin Malawar, MD and Jacob Bickers, MD, the book was produced to provide a comprehensive guide on the surgical treatment for bone and soft tissue sarcoma and a heavy emphasis on limb sparing surgery.
He takes this accolade as another motivating force to continue to seek out and explore both new and technologically advanced medical treatments as well as share his experiences. The desire to help others coupled with his educational endeavors has grown tremendously from his roots as a child in Paterson to receiving his first honor in 1990, a Biology Department Honors Citation for Superior Academic Achievement followed by Summa Cum Laude status upon graduation from Seton Hall University. Four years later he received his Medical Degree from New York University School of Medicine where he was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society and also served as president of the society. During medical school, he also received "Most Outstanding Research Presentation on Medical Student Assembly Day, The Lange Medical Publication Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Medical Student and the Glover C. Arnold surgical Award for the Medical Student who excelled in Surgery. From NYU he interned in General Surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and did his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City where he was appointed Administrative Chief Resident received the 'Orren D. Baab Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery, Member of the Senior Resident Staff who Best Exemplifies those Qualities of Academic Excellence, Clinical Proficiency and Capacity for Leadership, New York Orthopedic Hospital.' Dr. Wittig continued to fine tune his surgical skills as a Fellow in Orthopedic Oncology at Washington Cancer Institute, Washington Hospital Center, Children's National Medical Center, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC as well as serve as a Sarcoma Consultant, Surgical Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
The experience and accolades he has received along his medical journey has continued to enrich his desire to teach fellow colleagues as well as secure the best treatment options available for both adults and children affected by orthopedic tumors. While an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Medical Center he received 'Teacher of the Year for Outstanding Leadership, Guidance and Selfless Dedication to the Residents of NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Department of Orthopedic Surgery Class of 2007.' His desire was also transparent when he joined Mount Sinai Medical Center and was asked to develop a multidisciplinary team to treat sarcomas and other musculoskeletal tumors. In a two year span, he has performed over 600 cases and has dramatically changed the lives of those who have met him. Dr. Wittig has been instrumental in recruiting a team of specialists who focus on diagnosing and treating sarcomas as well as other types of bone and soft tissue tumors that affect the extremities, pelvis and spine. Currently, the team consists of specialized Pathologist Dr. Roberto Garcia; Musculoskeletal Radiologist Dr. Darren Fitzpatrick; Pediatric Oncologist Dr. Birte Wistinghausen and Radiation Oncologist Dr. Vishal Gupta as well as three Physician Assistants, 2 administrative assistants, a second orthopedic oncologist, Dr. Ilya Iofin and Dr. Sheeraz Qureshi, a spine surgeon focusing on a collaborative approach for spine tumors. The newest member to join Dr. Wittig’s team is renowned sarcoma cancer researcher and medical oncologist Dr. Robert Maki. Dr. Maki is also Chief of Pediatric Oncology and the Medical Director of the Sarcoma Program at Tisch Cancer Institute of Mount Sinai Medical Center. His vast array of experience, particularly his expertise in novel therapies for treating these complex sarcoma cancers, will ensure continuous research and development in this field.
James C. Wittig, MD specializes in limb-sparing surgery; pediatric and adult bone and soft tissue sarcomas; melanoma; benign musculoskeletal tumors; metastatic cancers; as well as complex hip and knee replacement surgery. He also has special expertise with regard to tumors that affect the shoulder girdle and scapula. In addition to his office at Mount Sinai Medical Center located at 5 East 98th Street, New York, NY, Dr. Wittig has satellite offices affiliated with Hackensack University Medical Center, at Continental Plaza, 433 Hackensack Avenue, 2nd Floor, Hackensack, NJ and Morristown Memorial Hospital, at NJ Advanced Musculoskeletal Center, PA, 131 Madison Avenue, Suite 130, Morristown, NJ and ProHealth in Long Island. Currently, Dr. Wittig is Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Chief of Pediatric and Adult Orthopedic Oncology and the Sarcoma Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City as well as Chief, Orthopedic Oncology and Director, Sarcoma Section of the Cancer Center, Hackensack University Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc.; and the Medical Society of New Jersey. He has published over 90 educational materials ranging from original reports, abstracts, videos and articles in the following publications: Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, The Journal of the American College of Surgeons, American Family Physician, Journal of Arthroplasty, Radiology and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He is also a prominent lecturer in the field of Orthopedic Surgery throughout the nation.
For more information about this or other related topics, or to schedule an appointment, please call (212) 241-1807, visit http://www.TumorSurgery.org or email Dr. Wittig at drjameswittig(at)gmail(dot)com.