Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD, MSHP

Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD
Physician Scientist


  • MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Master of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Residency and Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship in Healthcare Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Research Interests

The research of Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD, MSHP, focuses on pediatric obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as the use of mobile health (mHealth) to improve patient care and health outcomes. With the support of an NIH NIDDK K23 Mentored Career Development Award, she is evaluating the impact of a mHealth-based physical activity intervention for adolescents and young adults with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Dr. Vajravelu also has expertise in the use of large datasets for assessing health outcomes. An assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she enjoys mentoring trainees and collaborating with researchers across disciplines.

Clinical Activities

Board certified in pediatric endocrinology, Dr. Vajravelu sees patients through the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. For appointments: 412-692-5200.

View Dr. Vajravelu’s full list of publications from PubMed.