Dr. Vincent Felitti, MD

Dr. Vincent Felitti is the Co-Principal Investigator, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California - San Diego, Founder, Preventive Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego,Expert reviewer for the California Medical Board.


Dr. Vincent J. Felitti has over 50 years of experience in the field of Internal Medicine with extensive knowledge in the areas of childhood trauma, the genetic disease Hemochromatosis, and obesity. Serving as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California since 1982, Dr. Felitti’s knowledge and experience is broad and significantly biopsychosocial.

Dr. Felitti’s renowned research explores how adverse childhood experiences affect adults, educating audiences worldwide as a leader in health risk abatement programs. As the co-principal investigator, with Dr. Robert Anda of the CDC, of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE) Study since 1990, Dr. Felitti oversaw a long-term, in-depth, analysis of over 17,000 adults which revealed a powerful relationship between our emotional experiences as children and our physical and mental health as adults. Felitti’s revolutionary research remains much relevant to today’s healthcare models and has inspired many places in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America to set up ACE task forces. Dr. Felitti is also the founder of the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego and has served on advisory committees at the Institute of Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Felitti has also served as senior editor of The Permanente Journal, as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Gulf War Committee, and an expert reviewer for the Medical Board of California. He is also a former member of the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Women’s Services. In addition to this, Dr. Felitti has himself authored or co-authored over 150 peer reviewed articles, contributing substantial research to the field of medicine.

Under Dr. Felitti’s leadership, his department has provided extensive comprehensive medical evaluations to 1.1 million individuals, becoming the largest single-site medical evaluation facility in the western world.


Dr. Vincent Felitti, MD

Personal Statement

Hello, it's Vincent. Major medical findings in recent years have documented the unexpectedly high prevalence and damaging effect of common but generally unrecognized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on adult well-being, biomedical disease, and premature death. Although these findings have gained widespread national and international attention, including Legislative action, physician resistance to dealing with these uncomfortable issues also exists. TREC is an organization which has as its goal creating Trauma Resilient Educational Communities so that knowledgeable persons can spread awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in order to reduce their prevalence as well as to provide resilience to those already affected. I am very pleased to support the work of TREC in creating Trauma-Resilient Educational Communities so that the highly significant ACE Study findings can be integrated in medical practice and thus provide their needed social, emotional, biomedical, therapeutic, and economic benefits and advance