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Eric Velazquez, MD

Robert W. Berliner Professor of Medicine (Cardiology); Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine; Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital; Physician-in-Chief, Heart and Vascular Center, Yale New Haven Health; Deputy Director, Clinical Trials Innovation, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI); Co-Chair, Clinical and Translational Research Oversight Committee; President’s contingency planning committee, Clinical Practice/Clinical Research Subcommittee

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Eric Velazquez, MD

Mailing Address

  • Yale University

    PO Box 208017

    New Haven, CT 06520-8017

    United States



Eric J. Velazquez, MD, the Robert W. Berliner Professor of Medicine, is an internationally recognized authority in heart failure, cardiovascular clinical trials, and cardiac imaging.

Velazquez serves as the section chief for Cardiovascular Medicine for Yale School of Medicine and the Physician-in-Chief of the Heart and Vascular Center for Yale New Haven Health where he coordinates a high-volume enterprise and an outstanding group of clinician-investigators, physician scientists, and staff who make important contributions across patient care, research and educational domains. He leads more than 150 specialists who focus on every area of cardiac medicine, tapping into a broad array of tools, technologies, and expertise.

Additionally, he is the Deputy Director, Clinical Trials Innovation at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Velazquez chose to pursue a career in cardiovascular medicine twenty years ago and through key leadership positions, he has pursued clinical, research, and methodologic interests and facilitated multicenter clinical research programs and quality initiatives with substantive focus and impact on vulnerable and underserved populations at high medical risk, and has honed the administrative skills required to implement challenging programs in diverse settings globally. Today, much of his research and clinical work focuses on the intersection between heart failure and coronary heart disease. As a clinical investigator, he has made major contributions in the design, development, and implementation of landmark clinical trials that have altered international guidelines and the treatment of patients with chronic heart failure. These programs have established the evidence for best practice standards, modified treatment guidelines, and have had a direct impact on the U.S. public health.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Duke University School of Medicine (2001)
  • Research Fellow
    Duke University School of Medicine (2001)
  • Clinical Research Fellow
    Duke Clinical Research Institute (2001)
  • Fellow
    Duke University School of Medicine (2000)
  • MD
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1997)
  • Visiting Junior Registrar
    John Radcliffe Hospital (1997)
  • Senior Assistant Resident
    Duke University School of Medicine, (1997)
  • Junior Assistant Resident
    Duke University School of Medicine (1996)
  • Intern
    Duke University School of Medicine (1995)
  • BA
    Williams College, Psychology (1988)


  • Acute Heart Failure Management 2020: Are we on the right path?
    New York, United States 2020
  • Pulse-Keynote Speaker
    Karachi, Pakistan 2020
  • Acute Heart Failure Management 2020: Are we on the right path?
    New York, United States 2020
  • Therapy with Sacubitril-Valsartan Should Begin In-Hospital
    São Paulo, Brazil 2019
  • Yale-Fundacion Santa Fe Cardiology Symposium
    Bogota, Colombia 2019
  • The Egyptian Society of Cardiology 44th Annual Congress “CardioEgypt 2017,” Cairo, Egypt. Chair for “Myocarditis:
    Cairo, Egypt 2017

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Distinguished Nominee, Research Mentor AwardDuke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing2015
Inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation2014
Who’s Who in America2014
NomineeJoseph G. Greenfield, Jr. Faculty Award for Research Mentoring2004
Greenfield Scholar in Cardiology Award2001
NomineeEugene A. Stead, Jr. Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching2001
Sigma Xi Honor Society1988
Class of 1960 ScholarWilliams College1988
Rogers AwardRegis High School, New York, NY1984

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