Naymee J. Velez Ruiz, MD
Gender Issues In Epilepsy Editor
Dr. Naymee Velez-Ruiz is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is also the medical director of the Jackson Memorial Video-EEG Monitoring Unit and EEG Laboratories and an attending epileptologist at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics and Jackson Memorial Hospital. She is director of the Women & Epilepsy Program at UHealth (University of Miami Health System) and has been the epilepsy fellowship director since 2017. She is Board-certified in neurology and psychiatry, as well as in epilepsy.
Dr. Velez-Ruiz was born in Puerto Rico. After receiving her medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico, she trained in neurology at Boston Medical Center. Subsequently, she completed a two-year epilepsy fellowship program and one-year academic general neurology program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her first faculty position was in the Epilepsy Division at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Emory University, she served as an attending epileptologist, assistant professor of neurology, and medical director of the hospital's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.
Dr. Velez-Ruiz joined the University of Miami Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in 2015. Her main interests include the treatment of patients with epilepsy refractory to antiepileptic drugs, epilepsy surgery including pre-surgical evaluations with intracranial monitoring, and women's issues in epilepsy including the treatment of catamenial seizures and epilepsy during pregnancy. She is the site principal investigator (PI) for the Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs (MONEAD) Study, as well as a co-investigator on several epilepsy surgery projects.
Dr. Velez-Ruiz is member of the American Epilepsy Society, and she has been part of the Treatments Committee. She is a contributing editor for Epilepsy Currents and a reviewer for other recognized scientific publications. Dr. Velez-Ruiz is committed to expanding the treatment options for patients with epilepsy refractory to medical treatment and to improving the quality of care for women with epilepsy.
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