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Dr. Juan Carlos Q. Velez earned a medical degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, serving as Chief Medical Resident. Subsequently, he completed a clinical and research fellowship in Nephrology at Emory University School of Medicine.

Following his training, he joined the Division of Nephrology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). After spending 11 years of intense clinical, educational and investigational efforts at MUSC, he was recruited by the Department of Nephrology at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in 2016 to enhance the academic and clinical research programs of the department.

Dr. Velez has conducted experimental research in the area of the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system that resulted in federal funding and peer-reviewed publications. Clinically, his areas of expertise and ongoing investigation include hepatorenal acute kidney injury, hyponatremia, glomerular diseases and renal syndromes associated with exposure to antimicrobials.

Dr. Velez is certified in Nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, in Kidney Ultrasonography by the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology, and as a Hypertension Specialist by the American Society of Hypertension, and he is a member of the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation. In addition, he serves in the American Society of Nephrology / National Board of Medical Examiners Fellows In-Training Examination Development Committee and has a track record of mentoring young trainees.

Medical Education

Universidad Pevona Cayetana Heredia


Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center - GME
Field of Study: Internal Medicine


Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center - GME
Field of Study: Internal Medicine


Emory University Hospital
Field of Study: Nephrology

  • American Board of Internal Medicine