Dr. Fabien Bitan MD

Specializations Orthopaedic Surgery
Years in practice 32
Languages English, French

ASC West Orange 475 Prospect Ave., Ste. 110


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.

Board certification

Orthopaedic Surgery


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.


Pediatric Orthopedics

Spine Surgery

Treaded Conditions

Insurances accepted

Licensed in


Medical School



Orthopaedic Surgery 1975 Paris Public Health System, France


Gerometta A, Rodriguez Olaverri JC, Bitan F. Infections in spinal instrumentation. Int Orthop. 2012 Feb;36(2):457-64. Epub 2012 Jan 5. Review.

Fabien D. Bitan 
Grand Rounds
Expert's comment concerning Grand Rounds case entitled "L5-S1 disc replacement after two previous fusion surgeries for scoliosis" (by S. Jehan, S. Elsayed, J. Webb and B. Boszczyk)

European Spine Journal 2011.
Volume 20, Number 5, 674-676,

Gerometta A., Bitan F., Valauri F. (2011). A case of anterior and posterior pseudarthrosis of the lumbosacral junction with anterior osteomyelitis, treated using a bilateral posterior osteomuscular flap from the iliac crests, followed by a free vascularized fibula transfer flap: A case report and review of the literature. New York, NY. Lenox Hill Hospital. (17th Annual Orthopaedic Research day of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Guyer RD. McAfee PC. Banco RJ. Bitan FD. Cappuccino A. Geisler FH. Hochschuler SH. Holt RT. Jenis LG. Majd ME. Regan JJ. Tromanhauser SG. Wong DC. Blumenthal SL. 
Prospective, randomized, multicenter Food and Drug Administration investigational device exemption study of lumbar total disc replacement with the CHARITE artificial disc versus lumbar fusion: five-year follow-up. Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society. 9(5):374-86, 2009 May.

Fred H. Geisler, M.D., PH.D., Richard D. Guyer, M.D., Scott L. Blumenthal, M.D., Paul C. McAfee, M.D., Andrew Cappucchino, M.D., Fabien D. Bitan, M.D., John J. Regan, M.D. Effect of Previous Surgery on Clinical Outcome Following 1-Level Lumbar Arthroplasty. J. Neurosurg Spine 8. 108-114, 2008.

Geisler FH. Guyer RD. Blumenthal SL. McAfee PC. Cappuccino A. Bitan F. Regan JJ. Journal of Neurosurgery Spine. 8(1):13-6, 2008 Jan. Patient Selection for Lumbar Arthroscopy and Arthrodesis: The Effect of Revision Surgery in a Controlled, Multicenter Randomized Study.

Neil Arif Tayyab, MD; Marjorie M Mariller, M.D., MPH; Michael Rivlin, BA; Fabien D Bitan, M.D.; Andrew M Casden, M.D.; Paul Kuflik, M.D., FAAOS; Michael G Neuwirth, M.D. Efficacy Of Aprotinin As a Blood Conservation Technique For Adult Deformity Spinal Surgery: A Retrospective Study. Spine. 33(16) 1775-1781 2008.

Joseph SA, Berekashvili K, Mariller MM, Rivlin M, Sharma K, Casden A, Bitan F, Kuflik P, Neuwirth M.Blood Conservation Techniques in Spinal Deformity Surgery: A Retrospective Review of Patients Refusing Blood Transfusion. Spine. 33(21) 2310-2315 2008, October 1. Greene D, Neuwirth M, Bitan F. The Eggshell Procedure for prevention of Cement leakage During Kyphoplasty. Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques. 20(3):229-32, 2007 May.

Gumbs AA. Bloom ND. Bitan FD. Hanan SH. Open anterior approaches for lumbar spine procedures.[Journal Article] American Journal of Surgery. 194(1):98-102, 2007 Jul.

Chan Roonprapunt, M.D.; Marjorie M Mariller, M.D. M.P.H.; Michael Rivlin, BA; Catherine N Petchprapa, M.D.; Kevin Math, M.D.; Fabien D Bitan, M.D.; Andrew M Casden, M.D.; Paul Kuflik, M.D.; Michael G Neuwirth, M.D. Fusion Rates of Patients Treated with rhBMP-2 (Infuse) in Primary Multilevel Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion Surgery Submitted to Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques

McAfee P. Bertagnoli R, Bitan F. Long-term Results of Lumbar arthroplasty. In Roundtables in Spine Surgery, Vol.1 Number 4; 2006

Ulkatan S., Neuwirth M., Bitan F., Minardi C., Kokoszka A., Deletis V. Monitoring of scoliosis surgery with epidurally recorded motor evoked potentials (D waves) reveled false positive results. Clinical Neurophysiology. 117(9):2093-101, 2006 Sep.

Kokoszka A, Kuflik P, Bitan F, Casden A, and Neuwirth M: Evidence-Based Review of the Role of Aprotinin in Blood Conservation During Orthopaedic Surgery J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005;87:1129-1136

Bitan F. Veliskakis K. Campbell B. Differences in the Risser grading systems in the United States and France. Clin. Orthop. 190-198, 2005

Greene, D. Neuwirth, M. Bitan, FEvaluation of scoliosis information on the Internet. Submitted to J. Spinal Disorders on 04/ 06

Bitan F. Aprotinin in Spine Surgery: Review of the Litterature Orthopedics 27 (6 Suppl.) 2004

Odent T. Arlet V. Ouellet J. Bitan F. Kyphectomy in myelomeningocele with a modified Dunn-McCarthy technique followed by an anterior inlayed strut graft. Europeen Spine Journal. 13 (3): 206-12, 2004

Bitan FD. Neuwirth MG. Kuflik PL. Casden A. Bloom N. Siddiqui S. The use of short and rigid anterior instrumentation in the treatment of idiopathic thoracolumbar scoliosis: a retrospective review of 24 cases. [Journal Article] Spine. 27(14):1553-7, 2002 Jul 15.

Widmann RF. Laplaza FJ. Bitan FD. Brooks CE. Root L. Quality of life in osteogenesis imperfecta.[Journal Article] International Orthopaedics. 26(1):3-6, 2002.

Margulies JY. Thampi SP. Bitan FD. Cora DC. Practical biomechanical considerations for spine implant testing. [Review] [66 refs] [Journal Article. Review. Review, Tutorial] Chirurgia Narzadow Ruchu i Ortopedia Polska. 64(3):347-64, 1999.

Widmann RF. Bitan FD. Laplaza FJ. Burke SW. DiMaio MF. Schneider R. Spinal deformity, pulmonary compromise, and quality of life in osteogenesis imperfecta. [Journal Article] Spine. 24(16):1673-8, 1999 Aug 15. 1992-1998

J. Cohen , K.S.Lee, G. Henry, Michael G. Neuwirth, P.L. Kuflik, A.M. Casden, Bitan FDIntra operative arterial line artifact associated with SSEP's and Motor Evoked Potentials. Am. J. END Technol. 39:165-172, 1999

Bitan F. Mallet J. Rey JC. [adult sequelae in Osgood schlatter disease] Ann.Orthop. Ouest 1992, 24, 69-71.

Bitan F. Rigault P. Houfani B. Sidi D. Padovani JP. Merckx J. Durand Y. [Scoliosis and congenital heart diseases in children. Apropos of 44 cases]. [French] [Journal Article] Revue de Chirurgie Orthopedique et Reparatrice de l Appareil Moteur. 77(3):179-88, 1991.

Bitan F. Padovani JP. Glorion C. Rigault P. Touzet P. Finidori G. [High grade spondylolisthesis in children and adolescents. Results of reduction-arthrodesis with front plates]. [French] [Journal Article] Revue de Chirurgie Orthopedique et Reparatrice de l Appareil Moteur. 76(6):425-36, 1990.

Bitan FFailures in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. 
In: Symposium " Canal Lombaire Etroit " S.O.F.C.O.T. 
Revue de Chirurgie Orthopedique et Reparatrice de l Appareil Moteur.1990.

Bitan F. Complications in lumbar spinal stenosis surgical treatment. In: Symposium "Canal Lombaire Etroit" S.O.F.C.O.T. 
Revue de Chirurgie Orthopedique et Reparatrice de l Appareil Moteur.1990.

Bitan F. Duriez J. Egozcue R. Flautre B. Morel G. Morin C. [Effects of Chiari osteotomy on acetabular development in the growing subject. Experimental study in puppies]. [French] [Journal Article] International Orthopaedics. 13(3):167-72, 1989.

Deburge A. Bitan F. Lassale B. Vaquin G. [Cauda equina syndrome caused by migration of a fat graft after laminoarthrectomy]. [French] [Case Reports. Journal Article] Revue de Chirurgie Orthopedique et Reparatrice de l Appareil Moteur. 74(7):677-8, 1988.

Lassale B. Bitan F. Bex M. Deburge A. [Functional results and prognostic factors in the surgical treatment of degenerative lumbar stenosis]. [French] [Journal Article] Revue de Chirurgie Orthopedique et Reparatrice de l Appareil Moteur. 74 Suppl 2:85-8, 1988.

Bitan F. [Therapeutic indications in sciatica]. [French] [Case Reports. Journal Article] Soins. Chirurgie. (86):29-32, 1988 Apr.

Deburge A. Bex M. Lassale B. Bitan F. [Surgical technique in the treatment of stenosis of the lumbar canal]. [French] [Journal Article] Acta Orthopaedica Belgica. 53(3):412-9, 1987.

Lassale B. Bitan F. Deburge A. [The value of technical studies in degenerative lumbar stenosis]. [French] [Journal Article] Acta Orthopaedica Belgica. 53(3):388-93, 1987.

Bitan F. Rigault P. Padovani JP. Finidori G. Touzet P. [Congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia and fibula in children. Results of the treatment of 18 cases with nails and bone grafts]. [French] [Journal Article] Revue de Chirurgie Orthopedique et Reparatrice de l Appareil Moteur. 73(7):552-60, 1987.

Bitan F. Bex M. Lassale B. Rocolle J. Deburge A. de La Caffiniere JY. [Success factors in posterolateral arthrodesis of the lumbosacral spine]. [French] [Journal Article] Revue de Chirurgie Orthopedique et Reparatrice de l Appareil Moteur. 70(6):465-71, 1984.