Dr. Vellody completed his medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and has been on the faculty since 2005. In March 2009, he became Medical Director of the Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Vellody is also the Immediate Past President of the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) and is Co-chair of the NDSC Professional Advisory Council. Dr. Vellody has spoken at a variety of local, regional, national, and international meetings on the care of children with Down syndrome. Dr. Vellody became a pediatrician in large part because of his relationship with his older brother, Das, who is smart, funny, caring, …and also has Down syndrome.