Emergency Medicine – General Emergency Medicine
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Training Program
As a leader of the UTSW Emergency Medicine Residency Program since 2002, Dr. Velez has established a foundational building block to the success of medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. Colleagues praise Dr. Velez for her ability to see young clinicians as people first and professionals in training second. She demonstrates a genuine interest in helping others achieve their goals, and her endless dedication to the residents and junior faculty in the Emergency Medicine Department has earned her the Department’s Teaching Excellence Award not just once, but three times. An excellent mentor and role model, Dr. Velez was also included in D Magazine’s Best Doctors list in Emergency Medicine in 2017 and 2018.
She attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency programs in emergency medicine at Puerto Rico Medical Center. She moved to Dallas in 1999 to train in toxicology. She holds the Michael Wainscott, M.D. Professorship in Emergency Medicine.
In her words: “Every day I am honored to work alongside incredibly talented and dedicated students, residents, and faculty colleagues. When I joined UTSW 19 years ago, I could not have dreamed of such a fulfilling career. The new Emergency Medicine Residency Program had many challenges, but also a tremendous amount of energy and the drive to improve every single day. Today, I see an extremely successful program filled with people that give their 100 percent every day. I am proud to be part of the program and a member of the UTSW community.”