Victoria L. Vetter, MD, MPH, MSHP

Victoria L. Vetter, MD, MPH, MSHP
Senior Fellow

Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology Division

Public Health Interests

Environmental Health, Pediatrics, Tobacco



Current Public-Health Related Activities

As a practicing pediatric cardiologist, I have treated thousands of individual children with heart disease. After considering ways to prevent the most severe manifestations of these conditions, it became clear that one-on-one interactions, though effective and rewarding, would not help to solve the larger problem for the population of children who had silent but potentially life threatening heart conditions or who will develop such as adults. My research began to focus on community-based interventions to increase awareness of the impact of obesity and hypertension in children and youth on adult heart disease, and to identify children at risk for cardiac conditions associated with sudden cardiac death in childhood. To this end, I completed a Master in Public Health degree and a Master of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. My research has focused on populations of children to understand the best practices for childhood interventions to prevent the development of cardiac disease and sudden cardiac death in children and adults.

Select Publications:

Vetter VL, Covington TM, Dugan NP, Haley DM, Dykstra H, Overpeck M, Iyer VR, Shults J. Cardiovascular Deaths in Children: General Overview from The National Center for The Review And Prevention of Child Deaths. Am Heart J. 2015 Mar;169(3):426-437.e23. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2014.11.014. Epub 2014 Dec 10. PMID: 25728734

Vetter VL. Electrocardiographic Screening of All Infants, Children, and Teenagers Should Be Performed. Circulation. 2014 Aug 19;130(8):688-97. PMID: 25135125

Vetter VL, Haley DM. Secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death: does it work in children? Curr Opin Cardiol.2014 Jan; 29(1): 68-75. PMID: 24284981

Sharma S, Estes NA 3rd, Vetter VL, Corrado D. Clinical decisions. Cardiac screening before participation in sports. N Engl J Med. 2013 Nov 21; 369(21):2049-53 PMID: 24251362

Woody GE, Poole SA, Subramaniam G, Dugosh K, Bogenschutz M, Abbott P, Patkar A., Publicker M, McCain K, Potter JS, Forman R, Vetter VL, McNicholas L, Blaine J, Lynch KG, Fudala P.  Extended Vs Short-Term Buprenorphine-Naloxone For Treatment Of Opioid-Addicted Youth:  A Randomized Trial.  JAMA.  2008 Nov 5;300(17):2003-11.  PMID: 18984887