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Thomas R. Vetter, M.D., MPH


Ohio State University College of Medicine

MPH, Health Care Outcomes Research and Management
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health


Residency, Anesthesiology
University of Florida Hospitals

Fellowship, Pediatric Anesthesia & Critical Care Fellowship
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh


Thomas Vetter, M.D., MPH, is the director of perioperative care, chief of the Division of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and professor in the departments of Surgery and Perioperative Care and Population Health at Dell Medical School. Vetter is a nationally recognized expert on perioperative medicine and value-based health care.

Since coming to Austin in 2016, Vetter has co-led the development and maintenance of an innovative, hybrid Perioperative Surgical Home model, which is a coalition among Ascension Texas, USAP-Texas (Central) and SOUND. Vetter is currently deputy editor-in-chief of the preeminent journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. Vetter has published extensively and has lectured nationally on various topics in anesthesiology, perioperative medicine, pain management, health policy, research design, clinical outcomes and comparative effectiveness research.

While at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2007 to 2016, Vetter was the Maurice S. Albin Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. He was vice chair and director of the Division of Pain Medicine; medical director of the Preoperative Assessment, Consultation and Treatment Clinic; professor of gerontology, geriatrics and palliative care; professor of pediatrics; and a professor of health policy and organization. While at UAB, Vetter led the development of a pioneering perioperative surgical home model and an innovative, comprehensive geriatric pain management program.

After earning his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College, Vetter attended medical school at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Vetter completed residency training at the University of Florida in Gainesville in pediatrics and anesthesiology and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. Vetter also holds a Master in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Vetter is currently pursuing a Master in Fine Arts in writing at Lindenwood University in St. Louis and the Certificate in Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University in NYC.