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Adam Vella

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Emergency Medicine
  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Medical Education
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  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine

  • American Board of Pediatrics


  • MD, S.U.N.Y Health Science Center - College of Medicine

  • Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

  • Residency, Pediatrics
    New York Presbyterian Hospital

  • Fellowship, Pediatric Emer. Med
    Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles


    Adam Vella, MD, FAAP graduated from medical school at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 1997 and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Columbia's Babies and Children’s Hospital in 2000. After completing a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, he returned to New York to practice academic Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2003. He is currently Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medical Education at the medical center. Dr. Vella became the Fellowship Director of the PEM training program in 2006 and transitioned to Division Director in 2009. In addition to his clinical and academic responsibilities, Dr. Vella has been active in the American Academy of Pediatrics for over 10 years. Dr. Vella was involved in writing the most recent edition of Tintinalli's textbook of Emergency Medicine as well as the most recent edition of a board review book for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine board exam.  He currently serves as the Editor in Chief of Pediatric Emergency Practice, a monthly evidence based practice journal. 

    In the News
    Dr. Vella discusses basic steps to help control children's asthma in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up.

    Regional / National Committees / Advisory Boards:


    Advisory Board, RBaby Foundation


    Editor-in-Chief / Editorial Boards:


    Editor in Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice




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    Selected for Lowell Bellin Award, Excellence in Preventive Medicine and Community Health
    SUNY Brooklyn

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    Nominated for Arnold P. Gold Foundation Outstanding Teaching Resident Award
    Babies Hospital

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    Elected by colleagues to 2006/2007 Annual ED Red Carpet Team

  • 2010 - 2010
    Mount Sinai Employee Recognition Team Award

  • 2007 -
    Ranked first on 360 evaluation of MDs by other physicians, nurses, registrars, techs in department


Research Interests and Academic Related Activities

As Divisional Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dr. Vella's academic interests are many.  He has published on the need for intravenous fluid in pediatric trauma victims and is now actively writing multiple book chapters (see publications). He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the monthly journal Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice.  With an obvious focus on education and excellent clinical care, he also enjoy works as a child advocate.  Dr. Vella has been involved in the American Academy of Pediatrics for 10 years.  

As a child advocate Dr. Vella has been available for interviews by local media regarding issues of child health.  These have included stories by CBS on burns in children, the management of croup, and the importance of child life in the Pediatric Emergency Department.

He also enjoys volunteering and is a volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps of NYC, New York Cares, and City Harvest.


Vella AE, Wang VJ, McElderry C. Predictors of fluid resuscitation in pediatric trauma patients . Journal of Emergency Medicine 2006 August; 31(2): 151-155.

vella(Primary Peer Reviewer) A. Evaluation and Management of Pediatric Blunt Abdominal Trauma. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice 2008 March;.

Vella (Book Chapter Author) A. Cardiac Emergencies, Endocrine Emergencies. In: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Question Review Book 2009.

Tintinalli J, Vella (Book Chapter Author) A. The Diabetic Child, Chapter 136; 2010. In: Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide.

Vella A, Goodman K, Laurich V, Tovin L. 1. Bradycardia; 2. Tachycardia; 3. Palpitations. In: Hoffman R, Wang V, Scarfone R, editors. Fleisher and Ludwig's 5-Minute Pediatric Emergency Medicine Consult. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; pp124-125; 902-903; 712-713.

Elikashvili I, Vella A. An Evidence Based Approach to Pediatric Procedural Sedation. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice 2012 August;.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Vella did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

Insurance Information

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