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Dr. Velasquez is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care.  He obtained his medical degree from the Institute of Health Sciences (CES) in Colombia and later served as Instructor of the Department of Medicine for three years.  In 1996 he completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Louis University and served as Chief Resident for the Internal Medicine program for an additional year.  In 1997 he moved to Atlanta, GA where he completed his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Emory University.  After graduation he moved to Alabama and established a clinical practice for 5 years.  He returned to Atlanta in 2005 and joined the Emory faculty in the Pulmonary and Critical Care section at Emory Crawford Long Hospital where he currently serves as Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory.  He is particularly interested in COPD and is currently a clinical investigator in the VITAL study (IBV Valve Intervention Treatment Trial) to help patients who have severe emphysema and predominant upper lobe disease.   He has been a member of the American Thoracic Society since 1997.

Dr. Velasquez is interested in the evaluation of the physiologic abnormalities present in patients with diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  He is also interested in the evaluation of Pharmacologic and Non-Pharmacologic therapies for patients with moderate and severe emphysema.  Dr. Velasquez is one of the investigators of the VITAL study that is currently evaluating the benefits of selective endobronchial stents in patients with predominant upper lobe emphysema who have severe disease.  

Dr. Velasquez’s mayor clinical interest is in the area of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease  (COPD).  He is currently heading the development of a COPD program at Emory Crawford Long Hospital that will allow patients to benefit from standardized pharmacologic therapies,  This clinic will also provide adequate education to improve compliance with treatment, assistance and support during smoking cessation and evaluation for non-pharmacologic therapies including not only supplemental oxygen therapy but also invasive and surgical interventions that may improve the quality of life of the patients afflicted by this common disease. 

Dr. Velasquez teaches the residents and pulmonary fellows during their rotation through the different ICU’s at Emory Crawford Long Hospital.  He also attends and teaches the house staff of the pulmonary consultation service at the same institution.  Dr. Velasquez also teaches the second year medical students during their physical examination course. During July of 2007 he was presented by the Department of Medicine of Emory University with the Golden Apple Award for excellence in Teaching at Emory Crawford Long Hospital.