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11.15.2016

Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez Honored as a Rutgers 250th Anniversary Fellow

Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor and chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the Miller School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief for the University of Miami Health System and Jackson Health, was honored as a Rutgers 250th Anniversary Fellow last Thursday at the culmination of a year-long celebration at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Velazquez, valedictorian of the Class of 1991 at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), presented on “Surgical Innovation: the Convergence Effect.”

“I was honored and humbled to be among great and distinguished Rutgers NJMS alumni, esteemed colleagues from the NJMS Department of Surgery and seminal mentors like Dr. Michael Lea from the Department of Biochemistry to whom I owe my earliest insights into biomedical research,” said Velazquez, who also holds the David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.

Velazquez 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 stem cell treatments for peripheral vascular disease and critical limb ischemia.

Velazquez joined the Miller School faculty in 2007. She served as Chief of Vascular Surgery and Executive Dean for Research, Research Education and Innovative Medicine before being named chair of surgery in 2015.

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