Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D.
- American Board of Surgery
- American Board of Surgery-Vascular Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
- Chief, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
- Director, Vascular Laboratory, University of Miami Hospital
- Professor of Surgery
- Vice Chairman for Research Department of Surgery
David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Who's Who in Science and Engineering
Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School
Dr. Omaida Velazquez, a board certified surgeon, focuses on endovascular and other minimally invasive approaches in the surgical treatment of vascular diseases. She has extensive expertise in both open and endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms, open and endovascular treatments for carotid, mesenteric, and renal stenosis and novel treatments for critical limb ischemia.
She obtained her B.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1987 and obtained M.D. degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School graduating Valedictorian in her class of 1991. She completed her post-graduate training in General and Vascular Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to her clinical training, she has pursued additional years in research and was the recipient of the 1997 Jonathan E. Rhoads Research Award. Dr. Velazquez is the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded translational research laboratory that investigates endothelial cell biology, angiogenesis, vasculogenesis, and wound healing. She received the von Liebig Foundation Award for Excellence in Vascular Surgical Research (2001), the University of Pennsylvania Center of Excellence Faculty Scholar Award (2002), and the Joel J. Roslyn Faculty Research Award (2003). Her current NIH-funded research and Sponsored Clinical Trials focus on further understanding and advancing new treatments for lower extremity arterial occlusive disease and diabetes-related wound healing defects. Before joining the Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Velazquez served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for eight years and became an Associate Professor with tenure.
Among other important professional societies, she is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and active member of the Society of University Surgeons, and the Society for Vascular Surgery. In addition to many other honors, she is cited in Who ' s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century.
Dr. Velazquez is also the David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.