Dennis P Devito, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon





Dr. Devito 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 focuses on spondylolytic disorders and degenerative disc disease in adolescent athletes.

Dr. Devito has more than 30 years of surgical orthopaedic experience. He has studied the Russian-created Ilizarov external fixator in Europe and became one of the founding members of Association for the Study and Application of Methods of Ilizarov (ASAMI)-North America, now known as the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society. He has also studied advanced techniques with internationally renowned spine surgeons in France and Germany, and continues to push the envelope of modern spinal innovations.

Dr. Devito is a leading surgical authority on the use of robotics for scoliosis surgery in children and adolescents. He is also experienced with the VEPTR device, which is 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.


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5445 Meridian Mark Rd NE, Ste 250
Atlanta, GA 30342
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Childrens at Old Milton Parkwy, 3300 Old Milton Pkwy Ste 310
Alpharetta, GA 30005
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Childrens at Town Center Outpatient Care Center, 605 Big Shanty Road NW
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1181 Langford Drive, Bldg 200 Suite 101
Watkinsville, GA 30677
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Childrens at Duluth, 2270 Duluth Hwy GA 120 Suite 100
Duluth, GA 30097
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Focus of Practice

  • Spinal care
  • Limb deformity

Areas of Interest

  • Scoliosis and spinal deformities
  • Spondylolysis
  • Degenerative disc disease

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, fellow
  • North American Spine Society
  • Association for the Study and Application of the Methods of Ilizarov–N. America
  • Group International Cotrel-Dubousset
  • Piedmont Orthopaedic Society

Research Interests

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


Thompson's Journey With Spine Surgery

As a baseball player in eighth grade, Thompson Ritter was first diagnosed with scoliosis; later to find out it was a spinal cord tumor. After a few surgeries and many visits to Children’s neurosurgery, orthopedic and rehabilitation physicians, Thompson is now back to pitching on his high school baseball team.

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