Fabien Bitan, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

About Fabien Bitan, MD

Dr. Bitan is a world renowned spine surgeon and leading expert in spinal instrumentation. He has substantial experience in treating spinal deformities, especially scoliosis and kyphosis, in Europe and the United Stated. His areas of expertise include treating spinal deformities, performing artificial disc replacement, and operating minimally invasive spinal procedures.

After earning his medical degree in France, Dr. Bitan received extensive postgraduate training in orthopedic surgery and spine surgery in the Institute of Calot in Berck-sur-mer, France, one of the most prestigious centers for the treatment of spinal deformities in Europe home of Dr Cotrel who invented the revolutionary Cotrel DUbousset instrumentation. Dr. Bitan had acquired substantial experience in using this technique well before it became a standard surgical treatment for scoliosis. He has since performed more than 1,000 surgical procedures in this field.

After 10 years of academic appointments and medical practice in France, Dr. Bitan moved to New York, where he completed 2 fellowships, one at the Hospital for Special Surgery and the other at the Beth Israel Medical Center. He subsequently obtained his Board Certification from the American Association of Physician Specialists. He then worked with Dr. Fred Epstein, a legendary neurosurgeon known for his innovative treatment of brain and spinal tumors in children. With his expertise in treating pediatric spinal deformities caused by neurological diseases such as spinal cord tumors, Dr. Bitan was part of Dr. Fred Epstein’s neurosurgical team until 2001.

As an internationally renowned surgeon and researcher, Dr. Bitan has also devoted a large amount of time to teaching and supervising young physicians. As a leading expert in artificial disc replacement, he frequently provides surgical training throughout the United States. He also supervises surgeons in learning and adapting minimally invasive spine techniques. And he is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

A Leader in his Field

Dr. Bitan is also a leading clinical researcher in the field of spinal surgery. He was the principal investigator of the FDA SB Charité clinical trial on artificial disc replacement technology, and he was the only surgeon in the northeastern United States who was designated to use the technology before it was approved by the FDA in 2004. Over the years, he has also led many other research projects in the fields of scoliosis, minimally invasive spine surgery, and kyphoplasty


Beth Israel Medical Center, New York

  • Spine Surgery Fellowship

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York

  • Pediatric Orthopaedics Fellowship

The Calot Institute in Berck-sur-Mer, France

  • Assistant in pediatric Spine orthopedics

Paris Public Hospital System, France

  • Residency

Paris University, France

  • Medical Doctor

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • French Board of Orthopedic Surgery


  • Scoliosis research Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • The Spine Arthroplasty Society
  • The New York Academy of Science
  • The American Back Society
  • The American Association of Physician Specialists
  • The International Spinal Deformity Study Group
  • American College of Spine Surgery
  • Argos International
  • Société Française de Chirurgie Rachidienne
  • Association of French Speaking Physician