Medical Director - Philadelphia
Debra Vermette is a Medical Director for VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. Dr. Vermette oversees the medical care and treatment of VITAS patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living communities and personal care homes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also consults with patients’ attending physicians, supervises VITAS team physicians, guides staff and volunteers, and serves as a resource to practicing physicians and other healthcare professionals on the benefits of hospice and palliative care for patients and their families.
Dr. Vermette joined VITAS’ Fort Worth program in 2004 as a home care team physician and was promoted to medical director in 2008. In 2011, Dr. Vermette relocated to VITAS’ Delaware program, and most recently relocated to VITAS’ Philadelphia program as their medical director. She has been a recipient of VITAS’ Employee Recognition Award for Outstanding Physician four times since 2005 and was the recipient of VITAS’ Leadership Council Award in 2009. Dr. Vermette has practiced medicine for more than 20 years.
Board Certified in both of Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Vermette received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School. She completed a residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Memorial Hermann Hospital System.