Larissa Velez, M.D.

Larissa Velez, M.D.

  • A. Compton Broders III, M.D. Chair in Emergency Medicine
  • Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • Emergency Medicine


Dr. Velez obtained a Bachelor degree in Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico. She finished Medical School in 1996 and went on to pursue training in Emergency Medicine, also at the University of Puerto Rico. She moved to Dallas in 1999 in order to train in Toxicology. After finishing her fellowship training, she stayed to work full time as faculty at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern, Dallas. During her fellowship, she also completed the coursework for a Masters Degree in Public Health from UT Houston. 

Currently, Dr. Velez is involved with the EM Training Program as the Program Director. She also is a clinical toxicology staff at the North Texas Poison Center.

Dr. Velez was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

In 2018, Dr. Velez received UT Southwestern's Mentoring Award.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Parkland Memorial Hospital (1999-2001), Toxicology
  • Residency - Puerto Rico Medical Center (1997-1999), Emergency Medicine
  • Internship - Puerto Rico Medical Center (1996-1997), Emergency Medicine
  • Medical School - University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (1992-1996)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (2014), member
  • American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (1996), member
  • Texas College of Emergency Physicians (1999), member
  • American College of Medical Toxicology (1999), member
  • European Association of Poison Control Centers and Clinical Toxicologists (2000-2007), Member
  • Council of Residency Directors - EM (2003), Member
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor, 2018, 2020-2022
  • Mentoring Award – UT Southwestern 2018
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 1996
Books & Publications
  • Toxicology
  • Emergency Medicine Education
  • Barriers to access to Poison Center Services
  • Access to Health Care by minorities