Joseph Vettukattil, MD

Associate Professor


Dr. Joseph Vettukattil is the co-director and Division Chief of the Congenital Heart Center at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Specialized in Structural and congenital interventions as well as advanced imaging for intraprocedural guidance. Specializes in both adults and congenital heart disease. Current research includes: Advanced imaging, Prototyping, 3D visualization and printing, Molecular basis of liver lung interactions, Failing Fontan and mechanical or device support. Inventor Atrial Flow Regulator and VASD device. Innovations include 3D printing from Echocardiography and multimodality integration for cardiac interventions. Other areas of interest includes conversion of single to 1.5 or 2 ventricle repair. Also Clinical professor Michigan State University.

Education & Training

  • St. Johns National Academy of Health Sciences: MBBS, MD, DNBE FRCP

  • Royal College London: FRCPCH

  • Royal College London: CCST, Pediatric Cardiology

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Residents and Fellows in Congenital Cardiology

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Chief of congenital Cardiology at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

  • Interventional Cardiology

  • Congenital and structural heart disease

  • Advanced imaging and prototyping

Selected Grants

  • Oxylipin signaling in congenital heart disease Grant Awarded January 2021 Total funding USD 2,200,000 Funding agency R01HL151505, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Grant reference R01HL151505 Research institution Michigan State University Principal investigators Aitor Secondary institutions Spectrum Health

  • An artificial biological pump for failing Fontan circulation Grant Awarded July 2019 Funding agency American Heart Association Grant reference 19IPLOI34660342

  • Hypoxic Preconditioning in Congenital Heart Disease Role: PI Awarded April 2017

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Transcatheter Fontan completion using novel balloon and stent system January 2021Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. 10.1002/ccd.29463

  • Moving beyond two-dimensional screens to interactive three-dimensional visualization in congenital heart disease. The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. DOI: 10.1007/s10554-020-01853-1

  • Target Oxygen Levels and Critical Care of the Newborn. Current Pediatric Reviews 15(1). DOI: 10.2174/1573396315666191016094828

  • Atrial Septal Defect–Associated Pulmonary Hypertension: Outcomes of Closure With a Fenestrated Device. Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension 18(1), DOI: 10.21693/1933-088X-18.1.4

Awards & Honors

  • Cardinal Gracious Scholarship 1981
  • MEMISSA (Holland) Scholarship 1983
  • Paediatric Gold Medal 1984
  • LEPRA Prize 1985
  • Best Paper award (IAP XXX National Conference, Calcutta) 1993
  • Young Investigator award (British Paediatric Cardiac Association (BPCA) 1997
  • Clinical excellence awards: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011(x2), 2012