Omaida Velazquez, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Description of Research
Dr. Velazquez’s current research focuses on further understanding and advancing new treatments for lower extremity arterial occlusive disease and diabetes-related wound healing defects. Dr. Velazquez is the Principal Investigator of a NIH-funded basic science laboratory that investigates endothelial cell biology, angiogenesis, and vasculogenesis. Her clinical expertise 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.
- 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.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications
- Goldschmidt-Clermont PJ, Seo DM, Wang L, Beecham GW, Liu ZJ, Vazquez-Padron RI, Dong C, Hare JM, Kapiloff MS, Bishopric NH, Pericak-Vance M, Vance JM, Velazquez OC. Inflammation, stem cells and atherosclerosis genetics. Curr Opin Mol Ther 12:712-23, 2010. Read more »
- Westvik TS, Fitzgerald TN, Muto A, Maloney SP, Pimiento JM, Fancher TT, Magri D, Westvik HH, Nishibe T, Velazquez OC, Dardik A. Limb ischemia after iliac ligation in aged mice stimulates angiogenesis without arteriogenesis. J Vasc Surg 49:464-473, 2009. Read more »
- Milovanova TN, Bhopale VM, Sorokina EM, Moore JS, Hunt TK, Hauer-Jensen M, Velazquez OC, Thom SR. Hyperbaric oxygen stimulates vasculogenic stem cell growth and differentiation in vivo. J Appl Physiol 106:711-28, 2009. Read more »