Desert Institute for Spine Disorders, PC
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About our Doctors


Dr. Pitt continues to practice in Phoenix Metropolitan area since 2000 and manages patients from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Mesa, Glendale, and the other surrounding cities locally and regionally.


He has remained active in ongoing quality control and optimizing the diagnosis, management, and treatment of disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.  He is an active spine lecturer for various organizations, and continues to teach other Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons and Neurosurgeons on state of the art surgical techniques utilizing cadaver labs nationwide.


He continues to manage and treat, as a consultant, patients from a number of national professional athletic teams from the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and Arizona State University Athletics Department (ASU).

Board Certified In Orthopedic Surgery


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


Dr. Pitt also worked as the Spine Service Medical Director for Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, Shea, and Thompson Peak hospitals (now Honor Health)  from 2006 - 2011.  He was and continues to be active in the process of improving spine patient care system-wide by influencing and suggesting policy changes which directly impact quality control parameters/matrices for the operating room, ancillary services, diagnostic services, and other spine patient related care areas.

Humanitarian Efforts


International Surgical Foundation is a non-profit charity founded out of a need to provide to the impoverished population of the Dominican Republic and surrounding areas, the very best in surgical treatment of all spine disorders.


ISF was founded by Dr. Pitt and is the collaboration of many dedicated professionals, who witness first hand the extreme poverty resulting in profound neglect of many spine related problems. This has left many within the population suffering from major neurologic disorders which could have been prevented with proper clinical and or surgical management.

In Sept 2010, Dr. Pitt and 6 members of his surgical team from Scottsdale Healthcare was invited as the first spine team to support the Surgical Humanitarian Mission co-sponsored by Fundación HOMS Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic shares the same land mass with Haiti. This island nation (Haiti) was devastated by a major earthquake thus worsening their poverty. Haiti has added to the issues facing Dominican Republic as their population is also seeking good health care and resources. There are many countries all over the world who’s poverty dictates access to medical care, leaving in its wake many of their citizens profoundly disabled, and unable to provide for themselves or their families. Dr. Pitt and ISF’s long term goal is to expand its operation to other countries within the Caribbean and Central America.


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Professional Sports Teams Consultant

Dr Pitt currently consults on sports related spine injuries for:

  • Phoenix Suns
  • Arizona State University Athletics Dept
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Military Activity

Lieutenant Colonel Duane D.H. Pitt, USAF (Ret) was an Aerospace Medicine Flight Surgeon for the California Air National Guard.  He has served consistently in support of combat search and rescue efforts of the 129th Rescue Squadron of the California ANG, in a number of different positions at different times from 1997 until his retirement.  This has included Comander of the 129th Medical Group, Chief of Aerospace Medicine, Chief of Professional Services, and Chairman of the Occupational Health Working Group.




Duane D.H. Pitt started his professional education at the University of California at Riverside where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Biology in 1989.  This was followed by Medical School at the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine finishing with a MD Degree in 1994.



His general surgery internship followed by an orthopedic surgery residency focused on scoliosis, trauma, deformity, cancer, pediatric and adult spine disorders, at Loma Linda University Medical Center in southern California.



He later accepted and completed a post doctorate Spine Fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2000, where the focus was in spine deformity reconstruction, minimally invasive spinal surgery, and professional athlete sports related spinal injuries.