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.


Medical School
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (1996)
Puerto Rico Medical Center (1997), Emergency Medicine
Puerto Rico Medical Center (1999), Emergency Medicine
Parkland Memorial Hospital (2001), Toxicology

Research Interest

  • Access to Health Care by minorities
  • Barriers to access to Poison Center Services
  • Emergency Medicine Education
  • Toxicology


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A Survey of Handoff Practices in Emergency Medicine.
Kessler C, Shakeel F, Hern HG, Jones JS, Comes J, Kulstad C, Gallahue FA, Burns BD, Knapp BJ, Gang M, Davenport M, Osborne B, Velez LI Am J Med Qual 2013 Sep
Two cases of disseminated intravascular coagulation due to "bath salts" resulting in fatalities, with laboratory confirmation.
Young AC, Schwarz ES, Velez LI, Gardner M Am J Emerg Med 2013 Feb 31 2 445.e3-5
A dispensing error resulting in possible fluoxetine overdose and subsequent discontinuation syndrome in a child.
Velez LI, Feng SY, Neerman MF Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2010 Nov 49 11 1072-4
Role of hydroxocobalamin in acute cyanide poisoning.
Shepherd G, Velez LI Ann Pharmacother 2008 May 42 5 661-9


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Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (2014)
  • Council of Residency Directors - EM (2003)
  • European Association of Poison Control Centers and Clinical Toxicologists (2000-2007)
  • American College of Medical Toxicology (1999)
  • Texas College of Emergency Physicians (1999)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (1996)
  • American Academy of Clinical Toxicology