Kishore Vellody, MD, FAAP

  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Medical Director - Down Syndrome Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • President - Executive Committee of the National Down Syndrome Congress

Dr. Kishore Vellody joined the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine in 2005 immediately following completion of his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In 2009, Dr. Vellody became the Medical Director of the Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania and has led the expansion of the Center in providing enhanced diagnostics and care coordination. His clinical expertise and exceptional bedside teaching skills as a pediatric hospitalist led to his induction into the School of Medicine’s Academy of Master Educators in 2012. He practices as a teaching hospitalist on the general pediatric wards at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and in the ambulatory setting through the Down Syndrome Center both at the main campus and several satellite locations.

Academic Activity

Clinical Research

Dr. Vellody is currently participating in clinical research studies through the Down Syndrome Population Registry, examining the frequency of medical issues in Down syndrome and the optimal management strategies.

Major Lectureships and Seminars

  • “Promoting Optimal Health in Down Syndrome” -- given annually at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention
  • “Have a Question? Ask the Doctor!” -- given annually at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention
  • “Medical Issues in Down Syndrome” -- 2017, 2019 at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention

Professional Affiliations/Society Memberships

  • Academy of Master Educators, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • President, Executive Committee, National Down Syndrome Congress
  • Chair, Professional Advisory Council, National Down Syndrome Congress
  • Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, University of Illinois - 1998
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine - 2002
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin / Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - 2005

Representative Publications

Dr. Vellody’s publications can be reviewed at the National Library of Medicine’s public database.