Dennis P. Devito, M.D.
- My Specialties
Dr. Dennis P. Devito joined the staff at Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta (COA) in 1991, and served as the Director of Multispeciality Clinics at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Scottish Rite campus. Over the next twenty-five years, Dr. Devito began specializing and pioneering care in the treatment of scoliosis. He currently is the Director of the Spine Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and specializes in the treatment of scoliosis and other complex spinal disorders and deformities in children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Devito also has devoted a lot of his clinical attention to the management of spondylolytic disorders and degenerative disc disease in adolescent athletes. Dr. Devito is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of North American Spine Society, and offers 30 years of orthopaedic surgical experience.
After completing the Harvard pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, Dennis Devito began his career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an assistant professor in the department of Orthopaedics. While at Vanderbilt, Dr. Devito served as Medical Director of the Spina Bifida Clinic, Chairman of the Child Abuse Committee, and was awarded the Commander's Certificate of Achievement for his role in establishing a pediatric orthopaedic clinic at Blanchfield Army Hospital. He also studied the Russian created Ilizarov external fixator in Europe and became one of the founding members of ASAMI-North America, now known as the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society. Dr. Devito has studied advanced techniques with internationally renowned spine surgeons in both France and Germany, and actively maintains these connections today as he continues to push the envelope of modern spinal innovations.
Dr. Devito has presented his research in scoliosis and related conditions at multiple international meetings, and published a paper in Spine (2010) on the accuracy of spinal implant placement with robotic assistance. He is the leading surgical authority on the use of robotics for scoliosis surgery in children and adolescents and presented the world’s largest surgical series on this pioneering topic at POSNA’s international conference, exemplifying his efforts to provide better and safer outcomes for his patients.
Dr. Devito is also experienced with the VEPTR device used to treat complex chest wall deformities seen in congenital scoliosis and early onset scoliosis. He received the Health-Care Innovations Heroes award for his work in this area. Dr. Devito also uses the magnetic growing rod (MAGEC) as another tool to help manage early onset scoliosis. Other current research projects include ‘the Three Dimensional Analysis of Scoliosis Correction’, ‘the Results of Spinal Fusion for Spondylolisthesis’, and ‘Surgical Outcomes in Scoliosis Surgery: a Multi-Center Study’. Dr. Devito actively supports orthopaedic advanced education as a mentor in the pediatric orthopaedic fellowship program at CHOA-Scottish Rite and continues his annual work as an instructor at the Maine Orthopaedic Review course. He has previously served as the Chairman of the Education Committee for POSNA.
Dr. Devito’s passion for caring for children, both here and around the world is, demonstrated by his more than 20 years of charity mission work in Central America where he treats scoliosis and other orthopaedic conditions. He also has served as a board member of Children’s Cross Connection International, a local charity, and is the founder of a non-profit foundation, the ’International Pediatric Spine Mission, Inc.’ which helps fund the care of these underprivileged children.
Dr. Devito's current research interests include:
- Design and development of an implant for the repair of spondylolytic defects in the lumbar spine (pars repair)
- Planning software to analyze and predict the three-dimensional correction of spinal deformity
- Prospective data collection and outcome evaluation for the use of robotic guidance in spinal surgery
- Effect of pedicle screw fixation on global spinal balance in scoliosis
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