For Immediate Release - June 20, 2009 - James C. Wittig, MD, 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, has been included in New York Magazine's "Best Doctors in New York City" issue. The magazine's list is drawn from data gathered by Castle Connolly, a New York City research and information firm that publishes the annual guidebook, Top Doctors: New York Metro Area. The doctors listed in the New York Magazine represent a quarter of the top 10 percent of New York-area physicians, as determined by Castle Connolly. This issue features 1107 doctors in 66 specialties with Dr. Wittig being listed within the top 47 orthopedic surgeons in New York City. www.nymag.com/bestdoctors. Dr. James Wittig is one of only approximately 150 orthopedic oncologists in the United States and has earned such accolades for his expertise in providing limb-saving surgical treatment to patients who suffer from bone and soft tissue sarcomas.
What sets Wittig apart from other orthopedic surgeons is that through his specialized knowledge of sarcomas and how they affect the musculoskeletal system, he is able to salvage limbs previously deemed unsalvageable by other surgeons. Wittig holds a vastly more conservative approach in treating sarcomas than that of other surgeons. From his extensive experience, Wittig knows that 95 percent of patients with sarcomas can have their limbs saved. It is because of his superb surgical skill in separating tumors from major blood vessels and nerves, his ability to reconstruct bone and joint defects with prostheses, and rotate muscles for coverage in order to make the extremity functional that he is able to save patient limbs, and avoid unnecessary amputations. Although Wittig is widely known for seeking the most advanced surgical and medical treatment options available to better the lives of his patients he also has a profound passion and commitment to educating future orthopedic surgeons.
Because of Wittig's limb-sparing approach to orthopedic oncology, patients travel from all over the country to meet with him to discuss treatment options. In many cases, such as those of two patients, a 16 year old boy and 25 year old woman who had been told by other physicians they needed to have their limbs amputated; the discovery of Wittig's limb-sparing approach not only saved their lives, but also preserved their vital and active quality of life.
James C. Wittig, MD specializes in limb-sparing surgery; pediatric and adult bone and soft tissue sarcomas, benign musculoskeletal tumors, 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. Dr. Wittig 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 is also a published expert and 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 or visit www.sarcoma.ws.