Eric J. Velazquez, MD, FACP, FACC, FASE, FAHA
Photo: Eric Jose Velazquez
Elected 2014

Eric J. Velazquez is Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He is Section Chief for Cardiovascular Imaging and Director of the Cardiac Diagnostic Unit and Echocardiography Laboratories for Duke University Health System. He coordinates a high-volume enterprise with 85 clinician-investigators and clinical staff who make important contributions in patient care, research, and education. Dr. Velazquez manages Duke Clinical Research Institute’s portfolio of government-funded clinical trials. He is Associate Director of the Duke Heart Center and a member of Duke Global Health Institute. He leads the university’s cardiovascular global health efforts and is a recognized authority in heart failure, cardiovascular clinical trials, and cardiac imaging. Dr. Velazquez received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York. He completed an internal medicine residency and fellowships in clinical cardiology, clinical research, and echocardiography at Duke University Medical Center. In 2001, he joined Duke’s Department of Medicine faculty. He was named the Joseph Greenfield Scholar in Cardiology. Board certified in cardiovascular diseases, he is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, and American Society of Echocardiography. Dr. Velazquez’s research has furthered the understanding of the evaluation and management of ischemic heart failure, with an emphasis on the appropriate role of cardiovascular imaging. As an expert in clinical trials, he has led global operations for landmark outcome trials, including VALIANT, ACCOMPLISH, and STICH. He is currently the principal investigator for the NHLBI-funded STICHES Program and Global Health Program for Chronic Cardiovascular Diseases in Eldoret, Kenya, and has coauthored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications. In 2014, Dr. Velazquez was inducted into ASCI.