dr james c wittig, orthopedic oncologist, new york, new jersey
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New York Magazine Best DoctorsFor Immediate Release (PR WEB - June 10, 2010) New York, NY - Whether he is consulting with a patient, building a sarcoma team or overseeing the Orthopaedic Oncology and Sarcoma Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center, James C. Wittig, MD, continues to be recognized for his surgical skills, personality and unmatched foresight to diagnose, treat and manage each and every case with individualized care, incredible resources and fortitude. Dr.Wittig has been featured in New York Magazine's "Best Doctors" issue dated June 14, 2010 as one of the best orthopaedic surgeons in the New York Metro area.

As a child, while growing up in Paterson, New Jersey, a young Jim Wittig often carried a doctor's bag, making it very clear and obvious to those who knew him that he would someday commit his life to medicine. Adding the simple lessons of hard work, community outreach and motivation received either at home, on the playing field or in school set him up on a successful journey that formally began two decades ago. In 1990 he received Biology Department Honors Citation for Superior Academic Achievement and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seton Hall University. Four years later 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. Kapil Desai, a Pediatric Oncologist, Dr Birte Wistinghausen and a 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.

Although the accolades are many for Dr. Wittig, none can quite compare to the heartfelt comments and updates he receives from his patients - whether 'near or far' or even those who have taken a plane cross country to see him. His 'bedside manner' has not yielded. It is the combination of gained medical insight, compassion in his care and a commitment to excellence that has made him one of the leading orthopedic oncologists in the country and one of only 150 doctors who specializes in this field.

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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.

With a growing need for care in orthopedic oncology, Dr. Wittig will be expanding his practice in the Fall with a satellite office in Long Island to better reach and treat patients with complex orthopedic conditions. 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 www.TumorSurgery.org or email Dr. Wittig at drjameswittig@aol.com.

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