Carole S. Vetter, MD

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Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
4.9 (127)
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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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Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


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

General Orthopaedics
Orthopaedic 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. 127 ratings, 37 reviews
June 18, 2020
Dr. Vetter was very kind and professional. She took the time to listen to my concerns and she explained everything to me step by step. Thank you for all your help!!
June 17, 2020
Dr. Vetter is a great surgeon and always treats her patients with dignity and respect. The rest of the staff there is also wonderful to work with to manage my health care.
June 14, 2020
I feel so happy and confident I am in good hands.
June 12, 2020
Dr Vetter knew my history and was knowledgeable about problem
June 12, 2020
Provider was very knowledgeable. Bedside manner could demonstrate a bit more compassion.
June 12, 2020
compassionate, professional and extremely skilled and knowledgeable in care. What can be "rare" to other physicians outside of Froedtert is not rare to Dr. Vetter, she has the experience and knowledge to treat any condition to its best outcome. She is the best!
June 9, 2020
I came for a second opinion for a stress fracture of the patella on my left knee. Dr. Vetter was highly recommended to me and I am very pleased that she worked me into her schedule and will follow up.
May 27, 2020
Dr. Vetter is so kind and caring-I feel like I am in the best of care with her.
April 22, 2020
Dr. Vetter is very approachable and has excellent bedside manner. She takes time and listens to you
April 7, 2020
When I asked Dr. Vetter questions, she shared very interesting answers that I'm glad I heard. It seemed though, that if I hadn't asked the questions, the information wouldn't have been shared. Perhaps I'm an outlier and many patients don't care to learn the details. Overall, I still was very impressed with Dr. Vetter and feel very blessed to have been cared for by her, 10/10 for sure.
March 11, 2020
very professional and comprehensive treatment
March 6, 2020
I AM well cared for every time I visit. And I thank you!
Feb. 25, 2020
doctor started with therapy first which most likely was a great first step
Feb. 6, 2020
Very caring and took their time
Jan. 17, 2020
Dr. Vetter answered all my questions and was very thorough.
Jan. 8, 2020
Dr Vetter always listened to what I had to say. She also helped to get my surgery approved after initial denial.
Jan. 8, 2020
She was very thorough, explained everything so we could understand, answered all questions fully, excellent Dr!
Jan. 3, 2020
Amazing group of healthcare professionals!!
Dec. 19, 2019
Dr Vetter and staff seem to genuinely care about me and my issues. I was brought into the exam room 2 minutes early.
Dec. 11, 2019
Dr. Vetter was very easy to communicate with and explained things thoroughly and completely.
Dec. 11, 2019
concerned about my individual injury/outcome and future progress for my recovery
Nov. 30, 2019
Very attentive to my needs and answered all my questions completely
Nov. 29, 2019
She was attentive to my questions and did a thorough examination of my injury.
Nov. 14, 2019
Her overall professional care, experience, and knowledge
Nov. 13, 2019
Dr. Vetter has always been hesitant to throw me under the knife.
Nov. 13, 2019
surgeon was definitely the best for my shoulder injury, and she did a fantastic job!
Oct. 26, 2019
MA should know how to take blood pressure accurately
Oct. 24, 2019
Dr. Vetter and her team were fantastic - I could not have asked for better care.
Oct. 17, 2019
Dr. Vetter and every member of the staff in her practice are courteous, friendly and truly seem to like the work they do. Dr. Vetter herself is simply the best--she is straight forward, she delivers honest answers with kindness, and she is a talented surgeon. I'm so fortunate to be in her care.
Oct. 10, 2019
She listened very well.
Oct. 3, 2019
Dr. Vetter is absolutely wonderful!!
Sept. 18, 2019
I was seen the same day as my injury which was diagnosed as a ruptured Achilles' tendon.
Sept. 9, 2019
Competent, friendly, good at communicating, listened
Aug. 15, 2019
the 30min wait and her seeming to be behind and this, she needed to leave and I didn't get a chance to ask the full details of the surgical procedure.
Aug. 14, 2019
Thank you Doctor Vetter and your staff.
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.