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11.24.2015

Miami-Dade School Board Recognizes Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez for Her Career Achievements

The Miami-Dade School Board on November 18 issued a proclamation recognizing Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, for her career achievements.

The proclamation was presented by Marta Pérez Wurtz, Ph.D., J.D., the board member from District 8. The School Board’s official announcement said:

“The Miami-Dade School Board today recognized the achievements of renowned physician and vascular surgeon, Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez, who is the first Hispanic woman to chair a department of surgery at a major medical institution.

“Dr. Velazquez, a native of Cuba, attended schools in New Jersey and graduated with honors. She subsequently continued her education to become a general and vascular surgeon. She has led research teams in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, and is a prolific author of medical journals. Dr. Velazquez lives in Miami with her husband and children.”

“As a product of our U.S. public school system, I’m humbled and honored by the wonderful recognition from the Miami-Dade County School Board,” said Velazquez, who is also professor of surgery, radiology, and biochemistry and molecular biology. “Upon my arrival in this welcoming land of opportunity in 1980, the public school system of Union City, N.J., offered me entrance into its English/Spanish bilingual program. It was an avenue to continue academic progress while learning a new language and assimilating into a new culture. My personal history and my ability to now give back to our community would have certainly been different if not for that generous opportunity.”

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