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Dr. Duane D. H. Pitt

M.D., F.A.A.O.S., Lt. Col. (Ret)

Spine Surgeon and Medical Director
Desert Institute for Spine Disorders PC
2006 - Present


Dr. Pitt is a Board Certified Fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and his spine practice has focused on prevention, conservative medical management, and all surgical techniques available for the spine.

Education & Medical Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spine Surgery
    University of Southern California, University Hospital (1999-2000)
  • Postdoctoral Training in Orthopaedic Surgery
    Loma Linda University Medical Center (1995-1999)
  • Postdoctoral Training in General Surgery
    Loma Linda University Medical Center (1994-1995)
  • Medical Doctorate Degree
    University of California Irvine College of Medicine (1994)

Professional Positions

  • Medical Director of Spine Services, HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn, Shea, Thompson Peak (2006 - 2011)
  • Spine Surgeon, The Orthopedic Clinic Association, P.C. (2001 - 2006)
  • Spine Surgeon, The Spine Institute of Arizona (2000 - 2001)

Licensure/Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified
  • Arizona State Medical License, lic. #28521
  • Synthes, ProDisc Artificial Disc Certified
  • Depuy, Charite Artificial Disc Certified

Military Service

Branch: United States Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret)
California Air National Guard
Combat Search and Rescue Squadron
129th Medical Group
Moffett Federal Airfield, California
1997 - 2015

  • Aerospace Medicine Flight Surgeon 48R3, 1997 - 2015
  • Chief of Aerospace Medicine, 2011 - 2013
  • Medical Group Commander, 2009 - 2011
  • Chief of Professional Services, 2003 - 2009
  • Chairman, Occupational Health Working Group

Professional Athletic Consultant

  • Arizona State University Athletics, 2001 - Present
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2003 - 2012
  • Oakland A's, 2004 - Present
  • Phoenix Suns, 2001 - 2012
  • San Francisco Giants, 2002 - Present

Publications & Presentations

  • 1. Huston CW, Pitt DDH , "Lane C. Strategies for Treating Osteoporosis and Its Neurologic Complications" Applied Neurology April 2005 1(4)
  • 2. Devlin VJ, Pitt DD. "The Evolution of Surgery of the Anterior Spinal Column. In Devlin VJ (editor): Anterior Spinal Column Surgery." Spine: State of the Art Reviews. Henley & Belfus. 1998, Sep.; 12(3) 493-527
  • 3. Dietrich RB, Lis LE, Greensite FS, Pitt DD. "Normal MR Appearance of the Pituitary Gland in the First Two Years of Life." American Journal of Neuroradiology. 1995, Aug.; 16(7):1413-9

Teaching Positions

  • Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedics, Center for Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
    University of Southern California

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