Vincent J. Miele, MD

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Chief, Neurosurgery, UPMC Mercy

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 led 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 focusing 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

UPMC Mercy
1350 Locust Street, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

UPMC Monroeville Imaging Center
600 Oxford Drive, Suite 1500
Suite 210
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

Spinal disorders and injuries, spine tumors, revision spinal surgery, adult deformity/scoliosis surgery, sports-related brain and spine injuries, peripheral nerve disorders, and spinal fusions.

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Mercy
UPMC Presbyterian

Professional Organization Membership

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
American Association for the Improvement of Boxing
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians
American College of Sports Medicine
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
International Federation of Sports Medicine
North American Spine Society
Ohio State Medical Society
Pennsylvania State Medical Society
United States Amateur Boxing Ringside Physicians
West Virginia State Medical Society

Education & Training

  • MD, West Virginia University, 2001
  • Residency, West Virginia University, 2007
  • Fellowship, Complex Spine, Cleveland Clinic, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2016-22
  • Best Faculty Teaching, Department of Neurological Surgery, 2021

Media Appearances