Photo: Omaida C. Velazquez, MD, FACS
Omaida C. Velazquez, MD, FACS
Year elected: 2009
Current membership category: Active
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th Street
Suite 360L
Miami, FL 33136
United States of America
Phone: 305-243-0802
Facsimile: 305-243-8535

Biographical statement

Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., F.A,C.S., obtained her B.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology and received her M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she graduated Valedictorian her class in 1991. She trained in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania where she joined the Faculty, board certified in General and Vascular Surgery and served eight years becoming Associate Professor with tenure. In 2007, Dr. Velazquez joined the University of Miami as Chief and Associate Professor of Surgery, and David Kimmelman Endowed Chair, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Division. In her clinical services, Dr. Velazquez focuses on endovascular and open-surgical treatments of vascular diseases. As a surgeon-scientist, Dr. Velazquez is the PI of two NIH R01 awards and has made seminal contributions in the area of angiogenesis, vasculogenesis, and wound healing. She reported in the Journal Clinical Investigation three key discoveries: (1) Diabetes results in decreased eNOS phosphorolation within the bone marrow, thus reducing mobilization of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), (2) Diabetes results in downregulation of Stromal Derived Growth Factor 1 alpha (SDF-1α) within wounds, thus decreasing EPC homing to wounds, and (3) these two key diabetes-associated impairments in wound healing and neovascularization may be reversed by the combination of systemic hyperoxia and wound SDF-1α injections. Dr. Velazquez’s novel contributions may revolutionize the treatments for unsolved diseases in the field of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery such as peripheral vascular disease, diabetic microangiopathy, and non-healing diabetic chronic wounds.

Institutional affiliations

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Primary)
Alessia Fornoni, MD, PhD is the representative at this institution.