Gladys P Velarde

Gladys P Velarde, M.D., FACC, FAHA

Professor; Medical Director, Women's Cardiovascular Program; Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Department: Medicine – Jacksonville
Business Phone: (904) 244-2655
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About Gladys P Velarde

Gladys P. Velarde M.D., FACC, FAHA, Professor of Medicine, Director, Women Cardiovascular Health Program, Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program, University of Florida Health – Jacksonville. Dr. Velarde obtained her Bachelors and Medical degree from New York University and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Cardiovascular Disease fellowship training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Boston University. Dr. Velarde demonstrates a long-standing commitment to reducing ethnic/racial and sex disparities in cardiovascular health and brings unparalleled enthusiasm in her vocation to the practice of medicine. She is equally passionate about medical education and has personally mentored numerous students and trainees to successful careers in medicine and cardiovascular medicine all across the United States. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow of the American Heart Association, elected member of the American College of Cardiology Prevention Council, past Chairperson of the American College of Cardiology Disparities Working Group, elected member of American College of Cardiology Women in Cardiology Leadership Council, and member of the Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Prevention in Special Populations Committee at the American Heart Association. She is also a past Steering Committee member of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and current Co-Chair of the National Minority Cardiovascular Health Alliance and current Education Chair of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology . She has received numerous awards including the National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Award, the Women of Distinction Award from the American Heart Association, the Pinney Cook Community Service Award, Health Care Hero by the Jacksonville Business Journal, and the Gifted Teacher Award from the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. She has published a comprehensive textbook titled Management of Cardiovascular Disease in Women through a collaboration between the Divisions of Cardiology at the University of Rochester and the University of Florida in Jacksonville. Her publications have appeared in peer-review journals and her efforts to educate and advocate for the community, especially women and minority populations, have been showcased in local and national media.


Promotion to Professor
2021 · University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville
Women in Cardiology Section Leadership Council
2019-2022 · American College of Cardiology
2019 · American Heart Association
Gifted Teacher Award
2017 · American College of Cardiology, Florida Chapter
Steering Committee
2015 · National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
    American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Profile

  • Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
Areas of Interest
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Echocardiogram
  • Heart and vascular services
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Heart disease and diet
  • Heart disease and women

Research Profile

Significant cardiovascular health disparities still exist in women and disadvantaged ethnic minorities. This continues to fuel Dr. Velarde’s clinical research interests. Her clinical research has consistently focused on understanding gender and ethnic/racial differences in cardiovascular risk factors and how these may impact diagnosis, treatment and health outcomes. Dr. Velarde has served as Principal Investigator for seven IRB-approved clinical studies and sub-investigator with four research studies. Her efforts have centered on understanding biological markers in cardiometabolic risk in women and ethnic groups with high prevalence risk and or disease. The metabolic syndrome is highly prevalent in women of all ethnicities and represents a constellation of pre-adverse-conditions (pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes, central obesity and mild dyslipidemia among others). These ‘pre’ conditions often silently co-exist in patients and can go undetected for years. Current guidelines do not call for specific treatment of the syndrome, as the literature is mixed and controversial.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)


Areas of Interest
  • Diastolic dysfunction
  • Gender and ethnic difference in cardiovascular disease
  • Metabolic syndrome


Cardiac Amyloidosis Presenting as Biventricular Systolic Heart Failure
Case Reports in Cardiology. 2021:1-6 [DOI] 10.1155/2021/6671469. [PMID] 33868731.
Effect of atorvastatin on lipogenic, inflammatory and thrombogenic markers in women with the metabolic syndrome.
Nutrition, metabolism, and cardiovascular diseases : NMCD. 31(2):634-640 [DOI] 10.1016/j.numecd.2020.10.002. [PMID] 33485731.
Improving the enrollment of women and racially/ethnically diverse populations in cardiovascular clinical trials: An ASPC practice statement.
American journal of preventive cardiology. 8 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajpc.2021.100250. [PMID] 34485967.
Right Atrial Appendage Thrombus in Atrial Fibrillation: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.
Journal of investigative medicine high impact case reports. 9 [DOI] 10.1177/23247096211010048. [PMID] 33899523.
Sex and Racial Differences in High-Density Lipoprotein Levels in Acute Coronary Syndromes
The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 362(5):435-441 [DOI] 10.1016/j.amjms.2021.04.013.
Barriers, Opportunities, and Challenges in Addressing Disparities in Diet-Related Cardiovascular Disease in the United States.
Journal of the American Heart Association. 9(7) [DOI] 10.1161/JAHA.119.014433. [PMID] 32200727.
Heerfordt-Waldenström Syndrome Manifesting as Cardiac Sarcoidosis.
Cureus. 12(9) [DOI] 10.7759/cureus.10619. [PMID] 32983747.
V122I Transthyretin Cardiomyopathy: An Opportunity to Build Trust and Resolve Disparities.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 76(1):93-95 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.04.074. [PMID] 32616166.
Clinical and Biochemical Markers of Cardiovascular Structure and Function in Women With the Metabolic Syndrome.
The American journal of cardiology. 116(11):1705-10 [DOI] 10.1016/j.amjcard.2015.09.010. [PMID] 26482181.
Ethnicity and coronary artery disease: the role of high-density lipoprotein – a change in paradigm.
Expert review of cardiovascular therapy. 13(8):923-31 [DOI] 10.1586/14779072.2015.1065178. [PMID] 26159553.
Intraparenchymal haemorrhage and uncal herniation resulting from dobutamine stress echocardiography.
BMJ case reports. 2014 [DOI] 10.1136/bcr-2013-201891. [PMID] 24642173.


Sep 2017 ACTIVE
Women's Ischemia Trial to Reduce Events in Non-Obstructive CAD (WARRIOR)
Role: Project Manager


Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
1998 · Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
1996 · Boston City Hospital
Internal Medicine Residency
1995 · NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Doctor of Medicine
1992 · New York University

Teaching Profile

Teaching Philosophy
Dr. Velarde’s philosophy toward education is revealed in her determination to ensure students, residents and fellows complete their training knowing a crucial set of medical facts, hands-on skills and professional values they need to achieve success in the practice of medicine. Dr. Velarde’s methods to achieve this are interactive, collaborative and patient-centered. By design, She aspires for this training to be transformative. Dr. Velarde has personally mentored numerous medical students and trainees to successful careers in medicine and cardiovascular medicine all across the United States.
Courses Taught
MDT7200 Elect Top/Medicine
MDC7200 Medicine Clerkship

Contact Details

(904) 244-2655