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American Program Bureau Speaking to the world for over 50 years

Vincent Felitti

Principal Investigator, Adverse Childhood Experience Study


Vincent J. Felitti, MD, is a noted physician and researcher on how adverse childhood experiences affect adults. He is co-principal investigator of the internationally recognized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, a long-term, in-depth, retrospective, and prospective analysis of over 17,000 adults that revealed a powerful relationship between our emotional experiences as children and our physical and mental health as adults, as well as a strong link to the major causes of adult mortality in the United States.

In his keynote addresses, Dr. Felitti discusses the ACE Study and its relevance to everyday medicine, mental health, and healthcare costs. Defying conventional belief, he explains that time does not heal all wounds, since humans convert traumatic emotional experiences in childhood into organic disease later in life. One does not "just get over" something, not even 50 years later.

Vincent Felitti is clinical professor of medicine at the University of California and a Fellow of The American College of Physicians. He is senior editor of The Permanente Journal and on the international editorial board of the Swiss medical journal Trauma und Gewalt. He founded the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California, in 1975 and served as chief of preventive medicine until March 2001. Under Dr. Felitti's leadership, the Health Appraisal Division of the Department of Preventive Medicine provided comprehensive medical evaluation to 1.1 million individuals, becoming the largest single-site medical evaluation facility in the western world. During his career, associated health risk abatement programs included weight loss, smoking cessation, stress management, and a wide range of cutting-edge risk abatement programs offered to over 1,000 patients per month.

Dr. Felitti has served on advisory committees of the Institute of Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association, and on the Committee of the Secretary of Health and Human Services for Healthy People 2020. Presently, he is a member of the Advisory Committee on Women's Services at SAMHSA. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Medical School (1962) and a physician in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group.


The Impacts of Childhood Experiences on Adults

Understanding the Genetic Disease Hemochromatosis

Understanding Obesity

Population-Based Medical Evaluation

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