Coordinating Center, Sub-Investigator
ERIC J. VELAZQUEZ, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Duke University. As the section chief for Cardiovascular Imaging in the Division of Cardiology and the director of the Cardiac Diagnostic Unit and Echocardiography Laboratories for Duke University Health System, he coordinates a high-volume enterprise and an outstanding group of clinician-investigators and clinical staff who make important contributions across patient care, research and educational domains. As a long-time faculty leader in the Duke Clinical Research Institute, he manages the portfolio of Government-funded clinical trials. Dr. Velazquez is also a member of the Duke Global Health Institute and leads Duke’s cardiovascular global health efforts. He is globally recognized as an authority in heart failure, cardiovascular clinical trials and cardiac imaging.
Dr. Velazquez received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in clinical cardiology, clinical research and echocardiography at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Velazquez served as a visiting registrar at Oxford University’s John Radcliffe Hospital and joined Duke’s Department of Medicine faculty in 2001. He was named the Joseph Greenfield Scholar in Cardiology, serves on several institutional committees and is an Associate Director of the Duke Heart Center. Dr. Velazquez is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and is a fellow with the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Echocardiography.
His research interests include the evaluation and management of heart failure, particularly with coronary artery disease; hypertension; valve disease; and cardiovascular imaging. Dr. Velazquez has led global clinical trial operations for numerous cardiovascular clinical trial programs including VALIANT, ACCOMPLISH, the Heart Failure Network and STICH. He is currently the principal investigator for the NHLBI-funded STICHES Program and an NHLBI-funded Global Health Program for Chronic Cardiovascular Diseases in Eldoret, Kenya.
Dr. Velazquez has co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications, including recent publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation and European Heart Journal. He serves as Chair of the ASE Taskforce on International Echocardiography.