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Dr. Vincent Fellitti

October 25, 2010

As readers of this blog might remember, the premise for our Restoration to Health Strategy is the finding of the Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACES) that childhood trauma has a strong and increasing impact on negative behaviors that adversely affect our health. One of our speakers at the Restoration to Health Strategy Consultation we have scheduled for early April, 2011, is Dr. Vincent Fellitti, one of the 2 co Principal Investigators for the ACES Study. We are very pleased that Dr. Fellitti accepted our invitation and look forward to the insights he can provide our tribal members. Here is his bio.

“Dr. Vincent Felitti, a noted physician and researcher on the negative impacts of adverse childhood experiences on adults. Dr. Felitti is one of the principal investigators of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, a long-term, in-depth analysis of over 18,000 adults that matches their current health status against eight categories of adverse childhood experiences. Findings to date reveal a powerful relationship between our emotional experiences as children and our physical and mental health as adults, as well as a strong link with the major causes of adult mortality in the United States. In other words, the ACE Study documents the conversion of traumatic emotional experiences in childhood into organic disease later in life. It also documents that time does not heal all wounds. One does not “just get over” some things, not even fifty years later. In his keynote address, Dr. Felitti will discuss the ACE Study and its relevance to the everyday practice of medicine and mental health, and the importance of prevention.

Dr. Felitti is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School (1962), and a Physician in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. He founded the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California, 28 years ago, 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 people; and during his career, the health risk abatement programs expanded from three (weight loss, smoking cessation and stress management) to a wide range of cutting-edge risk abatement programs offered to over 1,000 patients per month at one facility. Dr. Felitti is also Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Diego, and a Fellow of The American College of Physicians, licensed to practice medicine in Maryland, California, and Arizona. Dr. Felitti is also the President and CEO of California Institutes of Preventive Medicine.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Dave Bernard permalink
    April 24, 2012 10:24 AM

    I heard Dr. Felitti recently on CBC, Canada. I was wondering how his theory of compulsiive weight gain among the abused squares with the tendency of people generally to have tremendous weight gains in middle age, and often abruptly after marriage.

    Dave Bernard, Public Affairs
    Radio Station W R C A
    Cambridge MA (USA)

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