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Kenneth Vitale

Vitale, Kenneth M.D., FACSM, FAAPMR, CAQSM
Board Certification, Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Fitness Nutrition Certification, National Academy of Sports Medicine

Ken Vitale is a professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSD School of Medicine. He completed his PM&R residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. He received his medical degree from NYU School of Medicine and graduated summa cum laude in Biology from Rutgers University.

Dr. Vitale enjoys all aspects of exercise physiology and sports medicine. When living in New York he was a medical volunteer for the NYC Marathon and worked as a medical provider for baseball tournaments and regional triathlons. At UCSD he works for the Orthopedic Surgery Department, the official medical providers for the San Diego Padres and affiliated providers for the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Outside of work Dr. Vitale enjoys staying healthy through sports, exercise and healthy nutrition. He has competed in baseball leagues, martial arts events, cycling tours, 5K races and a few triathlons.

As a professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Vitale instructs medical students, residents and fellows. He is co-director of the Lifestyle & Exercise Medicine course elective at UCSD School of Medicine and is the Co-Chair of the UCSD Institute for Public Health (IPH) Lifestyle, Wellbeing & Health Behavior Sub-Group Committee. Dr. Vitale also serves on the Faculty Council for the Electives Committee at UCSD School of Medicine. He is course faculty for various classes in the School of Medicine. Dr. Vitale has given numerous lectures nationally and internationally at several conferences and universities on sports medicine, nutrition, exercise physiology, orthopedics and rehabilitation. He is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.