Juan Carlos Velez, M.D.
Dr. Juan Carlos Q. Velez joined the Division of Nephrology at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2005, appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Investigator for the Veterans Affairs BLR&D Research Enhancement Award Program and 2010 was appointed as Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Velez earned his medical degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru in 1998. He completed Internal Medicine Residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, where he was as elected Chief Resident. He went on to complete Nephrology Clinical & Research Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Velez is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.
Dr. Velez is actively involved in experimental research. He received a Mentored Clinician-Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institute of Digestive and Kidney Diseases (National Institutes of Health) in 2008, to work on his proposal entitled “Angiotensin Metabolite Formation: Implications in Glomerular Injury”. He is using highly sensitive light chromatography in tandem with matrix-assisted laser/desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry to analyze the mechanisms of intrarenal fragmentation of angiotensin peptides and the potential role of those mechanisms in normal physiology and renal pathophysiology.
In terms of his clinical interests, Dr. Velez focuses on progressives proteinuric nephropathies, including diabetic kidney disease and other glomerulopathies. In particular, he is interested in the role of novel interventions that block the renin-angiotensin system such as direct renin inhibition. In parallel, as a member of the Southern Acute Kidney Injury Network, he devotes efforts to optimize diagnostic approaches for acute tubular necrosis. He is also interested in the risks of individuals with chronic kidney disease who undergo imaging studies enhanced with iodinated or gadolinium-based radiocontrast agents. Furthermore, Dr. Velez is certified in Renal Ultrasonography by the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology and runs the Kidney Ultrasonography Clinic.
Dr. Velez is an active educator in the Fellowship Training Program. He co-directs the Salt & Water Lecture Series with Dr. John Arthur and is a member of the Fellowship Conference Curriculum Committee. He has implemented a state-of-the-art urine sediment laboratory to train fellows in urine microscopy.
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