• I am a board certified, fellowship trained Neuroradiologist, currently working as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. My areas of special interest include Craniocervical Trauma, Epilepsy and Stroke Imaging. I perform minimally invasive, nonvascular procedures such as Spinal Myelograms and Lumbar punctures guided by fluoroscopy. I also perform Clinical Research. I certainly enjoy teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows on a daily basis, where our prompt imaging diagnosis makes a difference, changing the treatment and outcome of diverse Emergent Neurological and Neurosurgical conditions.

    Since I started working at the University Hospital, I have been giving annual internal lectures to different Emergency specialties - including Radiology Emergency Fellows, Radiology Residents, Emergency Medicine Residents, Medical Students and the Radiology Interest Group. I have been also invited as a Guest Lecturer outside our institution, in national and international meetings. Additionally I am a consultant for the private company Biodynamic Research Corporation (BRC), a professional services firm specializing in biomechanical analysis and accident reconstruction.

    I have been part of the University Hospital Epilepsy Board since 2013, where multiple neuroscience specialists -including but not limited to Neurology (Epilepsy, Neurophysiology), Neurosurgery, Neuropsychology and Neuroradiology-, meet every week to discuss complicated cases and define conducts, as well as patient prognosis. My role in this meeting is critical since I am the sole Radiology presenter, to explain and define all the imaging abnormalities in each of the evaluated cases, including interpretations of: CT?s, CT Angio?s, MRI?s, MR Angio?s, PET?s, SPECT?s and Functional Brain MRI?s. My interpretation is fundamental for clinical and surgical guidance of many complex imaging abnormalities.

    I have been part of each of the University Hospital Stroke Committees as the sole Neuroradiology presenter, since the Primary Stroke Accreditation (2010-2014) as well as the current Comprehensive Stroke Certification Steering committee (2015). From the Neuroradiology perspective I am directly involved in the timely interpretation and communication of results from all kinds of Stroke Imaging modalities, such as Head CT?s, CT Angio?s head and Neck, MRI Brain, MR Angio?s head and Neck, and CT Perfusions. Our interpretations change radically prognosis and quality of life.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2015 Imaging Spectrum of Facial Nerve LesionsCurrent Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.  44:60-75. 2015
    2012 Challenging pyogenic cerebral abscess complicated by subdural empyema: A case report 2012
    2009 Sarcoidosis of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, mimicking metastasis or multifocal osteomyelitis by MRI: case reportClinical Imaging.  33:478-481. 2009
    2009 Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the mandible and maxilla: Clinical and imaging featuresJournal of Computer Assisted Tomography: a radiological journal dedicated to the basic and clinical aspects of reconstructive tomography.  33:449-454. 2009
    2007 Accessory hepatic lobe mimicking an intra-abdominal tumorJournal of Computer Assisted Tomography: a radiological journal dedicated to the basic and clinical aspects of reconstructive tomography.  31:572-573. 2007
    2006 MRI findings in posttraumatic spinal cord Wallerian degenerationClinical Imaging.  30:431-433. 2006

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Antioquia 2007
  • Full Name

  • Maria Del Pilar Valencia Velez