Vincent J. Miele, MD, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurosurgery as a clinical assistant professor on January 1, 2014 and was promoted to clinical associate professor in July of 2018. He is the former director of the neurosurgical spine service at West Virginia University.
Dr. Miele received his undergraduate degree at Northeastern University in Boston where he graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into the Rho Chi Academic Pharmacy Honor Society as well as the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He was also awarded the Northeastern University Alumni of the Year President’s Award in 2001. Dr. Miele completed medical school and his neurosurgical residency at West Virginia University where he was elected to the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha and won the Gandee-Massey Award based on academic achievement. He is fellowship-trained in complex spine surgery from Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he remains adjunct faculty in the Spine Research Laboratory.
Dr. Miele’s research has encompassed such areas as spinal biomechanics, concussion management and return to play, as well as accelerometer and MEMs technology translation into clinical applications. He has published more than 30 papers in refereed journals, authored 20 book chapters, and has presented scientific lectures both nationally and internationally. His research has lead to invited written editorials in prominent media such as the New York Times. He has been actively involved in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgery, and North American Spine Society and is an ad hoc reviewer for various journals.
Dr. Miele’s major clinical interests embrace many aspects of neurosurgery, but are focused on spinal disorders including pathologies associated with degeneration and trauma, complex spinal instrumentation, revision spinal surgery, and spinal tumors. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive spine surgery and the newer motion preservation technologies as well as the larger surgeries required for conditions such as adolescent/adult spinal deformity and the multidisciplinary treatment of spinal tumors.
Dr. Miele also has a strong background in cranial neurosurgery and treats peripheral nerve conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome. Dr. Miele frequently evaluates and manages sports-related head and spine injuries, and works at a national level with athletes on return to play issues. He is involved in the development of devices used to detect and prevent concussion and is frequently invited to speak on this subject nationally. He also is an independent neurosurgical consultant for the National Football League and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia and has established clinics in Coraopolis, Monroeville, Mt. Morris, Bethel Park, UPMC Mercy and Bridgeville in Pennsylvania.
Community Clinic Sites
1350 Locust Street, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
UPMC Monroeville Imaging Center
600 Oxford Drive, Suite 1500
Monroeville, PA 15146
UPMC South Hills
1300 Oxford Drive, Suite 1500
Bethel Park, PA 15102
1600 Coraopolis Height Road, Suite G-1
Moon Township, PA 15108
UPMC Children’s South
205 Millers Run Road, First Floor
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Cornerstone Care - Primary Care Center of Mt. Morris
120 Locust Avenue Ext.
Mt. Morris, PA 15349
Specialized Areas of Interest
American Board of Neurological Surgery
Professional Organization Membership
Education & Training
- MD, West Virginia University, 2001
- Residency, West Virginia University, 2007
- Fellowship, Complex Spine, Cleveland Clinic, 2008
Honors & Awards
- Best Faculty Teaching, Department of Neurological Surgery, 2021
- Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2016-20
Bartsch A, Benzel E, Miele V, Prakash V. Leather football helmets. J Neurosurg 119(3):803-4, 2013.
Bartsch A, Benzel E, Miele V, Morr D, Prakash V. Hybrid III anthropomorphic test device (ATD) response to head impacts and potential implications for athletic headgear testing. Accid Anal Prev 48:285-91, 2012.
Miele VJ, Panjabi MM, Benzel EC. Anatomy and biomechanics of the spinal column and cord. Handb Clin Neurol 109:31-43, 2012.
Bartsch AJ, Benzel EC, Miele VJ, Morr DR, Prakash V. Boxing and mixed martial arts: preliminary traumatic neuromechanical injury risk analyses from laboratory impact dosage data. J Neurosurg 116(5):1070-80, 2012.
Bartsch A, Benzel E, Miele V, Morr D, Prakash V.Adam Bartsch, Edward Benzel, Vincent Miele, Vikas Prakash, Impact Test Comparisons of 20th and 21st Century American Football Helmets. J Neurosurg 116(1):222-33, 2012
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