Adam Vella, M.D.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
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Adam Vella, M.D.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Profile Photo of Adam Vella, M.D.
Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

My passion has always been caring for children in emergencies and educating others to do the same. Having been a fellowship director and then division director of a Pediatric Emergency Department I recently decided to continue on in my journey in medicine by flexing into Medical Quality and Quality Improvement. These two pursuits are not mutually exclusive and I will continue to be a life long learner and further my knowledge in both of these exciting aspects of the practice of medicine. 

Specialties and Expertise


  • Patient Safety and Quality
  • Quality Improvement
  • Medical Quality


Dr. Vella earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York in 1997. He completed his residency training in Pediatrics at Columbia Presbyterian Babies and Children’s Hospital in 2000 and in 2003 he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, in California. 

Dr. Vella has practiced Pediatric Emergency for over 20 years. Prior to his arrival at NYP WCM in January of 2019 Dr. Vella served as the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center.  Prior to that, he was the Program Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center.  He has served on numerous hospital committees and received a variety of honors and awards for teaching and for patient experience-related achievements during his 16 years at Mount Sinai. He has been an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics for more than 20 years and has held several leadership positions on regional and national AAP committees.  Dr. Vella is a current member of the editorial board of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice Journal and served as the Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice from 2012 to 2017.

In March of 2020 Dr. Vella was appointed as the Associate Chief Quality Officer at the NewYork-Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital. In this capacity he is responsible for leading the overall strategy, direction, and operational management of all areas associated with Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement at NYP-LMH. He works collaboratively with the SVPs, VPs, Associate Chief Medical Officers and Directors at NYP in areas that include Accreditation and Regulatory, Infection Prevention and Control, Nursing, Operations, Legal, IT, and Patient Services.



Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Emergency Medicine)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Associate Attending Physician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 1997
  • B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1992


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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