March 12, 2014 -- Valley Medical Group welcomes Henry Velez, M.D., an internist and pulmonary care specialist, who has devoted years of his medical practice to caring for veterans exposed to Agent Orange and industrial laborers exposed to toxins in the workplace. Since 1985, Dr. Velez has been in practice at 19-20 Fair Lawn Avenue in Fair Lawn, and he has been a member of The Valley Hospital medical staff.
The practice is one of a number of primary care and specialty care physician practices acquired by Valley Health System within the past two years to ensure that patients residing in communities served by Valley have access to quality medical care now and in the future. Valley Medical Group (VMG) brings together Valley Health System-employed physicians based at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, the Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion in Paramus, other outpatient facilities, seven primary and urgent care centers, and medical practices throughout the community.
“It is a pleasure to join Valley Medical Group and to continue providing quality primary and pulmonary care for my patients,” notes Dr. Velez. “Valley Medical Group offers them expanded access to all Valley programs and services.”
Dr. Velez received his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in N.Y. and at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital. He completed fellowships in occupational medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and in pulmonary medicine at University Hospital at Stony Brook, N.Y.
Dr. Velez’s interest in the health care of Vietnam veterans came about from his own experiences as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Infantry in combat operations in Vietnam. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and numerous other combat decorations.
As a special consultant to the New Jersey Agent Orange Commission, Dr. Velez designed, developed, and implemented a comprehensive research protocol to study the effects of dioxin (Agent Orange) on Vietnam veterans. He also designed and implemented numerous programs to serve the medical needs of the greater Paterson business community, including devising an asbestos-screening program. This screening program was also utilized for workers of Fortunoff department stores. Dr. Velez also designed and developed a bladder cancer screening program for textile workers who had been exposed to benzidene-based dyes. He has been a consultant in occupational medicine to a number of Bergen and Passaic county companies, including the borough of Fair Lawn, Fortunoff, Thermo Fisher, and Kraft/Nabisco Food Groups/Mondelez International.
To make an appointment with Dr. Velez, please call 201-794-6411.
Valley Medical Group comprises nearly 200 physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners representing 34 specialties, and continues to expand with the addition of new practices.
Valley’s quality distinctions include four consecutive “A” ratings for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group; recognition by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best hospitals for cardiac surgery and orthopedic surgery; three consecutive Magnet designations for nursing excellence; the 2013 Women’s Choice Award for being voted one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by women, and recognition by the 2014 Women’s Choice Awards as one of America’s Best Breast Centers and one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care.