Dr. Velarde is Director of the Strong Women's Heart Program at the Heart & Vascular Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
A Peruvian native who immigrated to the United States after finishing high school in Lima, Dr. Velarde received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and her fellowships in Cardiovascular medicine at Boston University in Boston and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
In 1998, Dr. Velarde joined the Cardiology division at the University of Rochester Medical Center, becoming one of the first women faculty in the division. Her areas of interest and expertise are echo-cardiography, preventive cardiology and heart disease in special groups. Velarde's research interests centers around gender and ethnic differences in Cardiovascular disease.
Patient Care Bio
Dr. Velarde is committed to the prevention, early diagnosis and aggressive treatment of patients at risk and those with already existing heart disease.
Dr. Velarde is fully billingual and offers culturally sensitive and gender specific advice regarding treatment and prevention of heart disease in all groups.