Carole S. Vetter, MD

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Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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McKinley Health Center (414) 978-9100
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I strongly believe it is my job to give patients all the information they need to make the best decision for themselves. I emphasize patient education in all aspects of care and work with each patient individually. My goal is to quickly get patients started on the best treatment plan that will return them to their previous level of function.


She serves as team physician for the US Speedskating Team and the Milwaukee Bucks. She is assistant team physician for the Milwaukee Ballet, the Milwaukee Torrent, and the Milwaukee Brewers.



Diseases & Conditions

Knee Injury
Knee Instability
Knee Pain
Patella Instability
Post-Traumatic Knee Range of Motion Problems
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Shoulder Instability

Treatment & Services

Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee and Shoulder
Cartilage Restoration and Transplantation
Ligament Reconstruction of the Knee and Shoulder
Sports and Athletic Injuries and Prevention
Sports and Athletic Injuries and Prevention of the Shoulder, Hip, and Knee

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Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


McKinley Health Center
1271 N. 6th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 978-9100
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Sports Medicine Center - Fitness Center
8700 W. Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-7100
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Education & Training

Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Doctor of Medicine - (1993)

Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Residency - (1998)

University of Utah Medical Center - Salt Lake City - Fellowship in Sports Medicine - (1999)

Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgery
Sports Medicine

Patient Reviews

The comments are submitted by patients (or their caregivers) and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Learn more about our survey.

4.9 out of 5. 140 ratings, 28 reviews
Aug. 8, 2019
very caring and explained things well. I feel very comfortable with the plan of care.
Aug. 7, 2019
I have known Dr. Vetter for many years and she is a very skilled doctor and an incredible person. She is so knowledgeable and I am very grateful for her care of me and my family.
July 26, 2019
Dr. Vetter is an excellent doctor.
June 25, 2019
She lacks compassion and doesn't have any sympathy.
June 12, 2019
great dr.
June 12, 2019
long wait in exam room
May 30, 2019
Dr. Vetter is great!
May 23, 2019
I really enjoyed have Dr. Vetter as my doctor. She is very friendly and answers any questions I have. When calling her nurse, her nurse with a questions she always returns my call within 24 hours.
May 20, 2019
Dr. Vetter & her team were outstanding start to finish and explained everything.
May 20, 2019
April 18, 2019
Dr. Vetter was outstanding! Very thorough, explained everything, & took the right amount of time!
April 5, 2019
Dr. Vetter was very personable and professional. She gave a thorough explanation of my condition and answered all my questions.
March 17, 2019
long delay in getting in. however, I arrived 5 minutes into my appointment due to the lack of parking and me walking slowly due to a torn meniscus.
March 12, 2019
long wait time over one hour
Feb. 26, 2019
Jan. 25, 2019
Dr. Vetter Was Very Nice And Understanding.
Jan. 21, 2019
heard from others she was a good doctor
Jan. 16, 2019
Dr Vetter is caring, thoughtful, wise, patient, thorough and not full of herself. She's a very special person.
Dec. 13, 2018
Dr. Vetter was very thorough in her evaluation of my torn meniscus. She examined it closely, asked questions ,reviewed the xrays w/me, and then explained her recommendations. I had last seen her 12 yrs. earlier for the same condition. i will be seeing her for follow-up.
Dec. 13, 2018
She has me walking again from performing my surgery.
Dec. 10, 2018
Always friendly and prompt. Enjoy sharing smiles. A sense of connection, warmth and caring.
Nov. 28, 2018
carole was probably the best doctor i have ever seen shes the first doctor to ever actually listen to what i had to say and seem like she actually cared, great lady!!!
Nov. 13, 2018
she was extremely rude and had very poor bedside manner I will never go back to the clinic. It was a waste of my time and energy also I got so upset I started crying and she had no sympathy. The way doctors at froedtert treat or lack there of treatment for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome patients is absolutely ridiculous!!! There needs to be providers for EDS patients who are over the age of 18. I have a rotator cuff tear and I tried physical therapy but the therapist said my pain level is too high to do any good at the moment. All I ever get is a other referral to another doctor or told to go to my pcp who told me to see a specialist.
Nov. 6, 2018
Total care knowable precise & complete like family.
Oct. 25, 2018
I have the utmost respect and confidence in Dr. Vetter. Unfortunately for me I have required 2 surgeries, but have been lucky to have her as my surgeon .
Oct. 25, 2018
she clarified a problem I have and got me on a regimen to move forward. I'm confident her suggestions will improve my quality of life. coming to Froedtert was the best decision I could have made!
Oct. 24, 2018
Dr Vetter was extremely nice and very "down to earth". Easy to talk to made me feel comfortable. also the resident that was with her did a good job asking me questions and listening to me. sorry I don't remember his name
Oct. 17, 2018
Excellent Dr Vetter, got me right in, helped right away wonderful stay