Michael J. Rutigliano, MD

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Director, Westmoreland County Community Neurosurgery

Michael J. Rutigliano, MD, MBA, was appointed to the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 1996. An active staff member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Rutigliano lives in Greensburg, Pa., and the primary focus of his clinical practice is in Westmoreland County at the hospitals of the Excela Health System through a cooperative venture between UPMC and Excela Health.

His clinical interests include a wide range of neurosurgical diseases, focusing mostly in the areas of spinal and peripheral nerve disorders, and concussion and other sports-related injury. Surgical procedures performed include simple spinal surgery such as lumbar and cervical discectomy, laminectomies for spinal stenosis, and more complex spinal reconstructive surgery for spondylolisthesis and scoliosis. Common peripheral nerve surgery includes carpal tunnel release and ulnar neurolysis.

He received his medical degree in 1989 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Following an internship in general surgery, he completed residency training in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. During this time, he also obtained an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Rutigliano’s academic expertise is in medical economics and cost-effectiveness analysis. He was awarded the Pittsburgh Academy of Medicine Study Scholarship and was honored by the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association with a scholarship for research in cerebrovascular disease.

Dr. Rutigliano has retired from the United States Army Reserve and has served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at Walter Reed Medical Center from April to July 2003, and in Balad, Iraq from October 2007 to February 2008.

Community Clinic Sites

100 Excela Drive
Suite 203B
Latrobe, PA  15650

Specialized Areas of Interest

Spinal disorders; peripheral nerve disorders

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Hospital Privileges

Latrobe Area Hospital
UPMC Presbyterian
Westmoreland Hospital

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerve
Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Education & Training

  • BS, Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh, 1989
  • MBA, Joseph Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, 1994
  • Residency, Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh, 1996

Selected Publications

Rutigliano MJ, Lunsford LD, Kondziolka D, Strauss MJ, Khanna V, Green M. The cost effectiveness of stereotactic radiosurgery versus surgical resection in the treatment of solitary metastatic brain tumors. Neurosurgery 37(3):445-53; discussion 453-5, 1995.

Rutigliano MJ. Cost effectiveness analysis: a review. Neurosurgery 37(3):436-43; discussion 443-4, 1995.

Gerszten PC, Lunsford LD, Rutigliano MJ, Kondziolka D, Flickinger JC, Martínez AJ. Single-stage stereotactic diagnosis and radiosurgery: feasibility and cost implications. J Image Guid Surg 1(3):141-50, 1995.

Rutigliano MJ, Pollack IF, Ahdab-Barmada M, Pang D, Albright AL. Intracranial infantile myofibromatosis. J Neurosurg 81(4):539-43, 1994.

Rutigliano MJ. Cost and survival analysis of metastatic cerebral tumors treated by resection and radiation. Neurosurgery 35(4):797-8, 1994.

Kawatani M, Rutigliano MJ, de Groat WC. Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide facilitates the late component of the 5-hydroxytryptamine-induced discharge in the cat superior cervical ganglion. Neurosci Lett 73(1):59-64, 1987.

Rutigliano MJ, Kawatani M, De Groat WC. Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide elicits a discharge in chronically decentralized sympathetic ganglia. Eur J Pharmacol 129(3):375-8, 1986.

A complete list of Dr. Rutigliano's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.