Jonathan Velez-Rivera, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
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Originally from: San Juan, PR

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus
  • Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
  • Residency and Chief Residency: Internal Medicine & Pediatrics – University of Puerto Rico

Reasons I chose Duke:

  • AMAZING PEOPLE! The vibe that I received from the faculty members and Traci Womble (our top-notch program coordinator) was like no other.
  • AMAZING ENVIRONMENT! Duke University Hospital, the Duke University campus (right next to the hospital), and the Triangle area in general (Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh) are gorgeous! Since I was relocating from a tropical island, being able to experience nature in my daily life was an important criterion for me.
  • The cost of living is A++. You can get a home of >2500 square feet home for a monthly cost of less than the ABIM Endocrinology Board exam. Food is affordable, and people in the Triangle love fresh produce. The Durham Farmers Market is easily accessible and quite broad.
  • I loved the structure of the curriculum and “ancillary” academic opportunities (presentations, conferences, etc.). Our program strikes a perfect balance between learning in a rigorous setting, but also high quality of life. My co-fellows have been PERFECT!
  • Ample research opportunities and ways of acquiring funds for QI and research projects.
  • Abundant opportunities to network with people from other Divisions.

Happy surprises

  • Durham has great food, tons of microbreweries, wine bars, and hanging spots to relax and unwind.
  • The Triangle Area is extremely multicultural and tolerant. You can feel that the community has fought hard to create a welcoming environment that is inclusive for all.
  • NO MAJOR TRAFFIC JAMS! I ride a bicycle to work – very safe!
  • The weather is amazing! After surviving Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, choosing a place that is Hurricane-Free and Snowstorm-Free was important to me. And winter is just a breeze and simply wonderful. Only one or two days of light snow!
  • Our Division Chief, Dr. D’Alessio, is probably one of the most approachable leaders that I have ever met. Dr. D’Alessio is extremely involved in our curriculum and his pearls of knowledge are incomparable.
  • Plenty of faculty members decide to stay at Duke after Endocrinology fellowship.
  • Last, but not least, we have the best Endocrinology fellowship program director. Dr. Crowley has an open-door policy and a scholarly mentality that outshines everyone is his line of work. He is pro-fellow and will do everything in his power to expand your networking, well being, and satisfaction in general.

Honors, awards, achievements

  • Original Research: Single center retrospective analysis of endocrinopathies associated immune checkpoint inhibitors between 2007 and 2017
  • Review article: The impact of liver-directed therapies on atherosclerosis risk profile in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Book Chapter: Cardiovascular disease risk factors in the Hispanic/Latino population

Plans after fellowship

  • I will be staying at Duke as an Assistant Professor. My main focus will be organizing DE-PATS (Duke Endocrinology Pediatric-2-Adult Transition Service).
  • I will continue to serve as advocate for everyone with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus by means of support groups and summer camps.
  • I also hope to stay involved in with clinical education…the sky is the limit!

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Endocrinology, Duke University, 2018 - 2020
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine, 2014 - 2018
  • M.D., University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine, 2014


Connelly, Margery A., Jonathan Velez Rivera, John R. Guyton, Mohammad Shadab Siddiqui, and Arun J. Sanyal. “Review article: the impact of liver-directed therapies on the atherogenic risk profile in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.” Aliment Pharmacol Ther 52, no. 4 (August 2020): 619–36.

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Shariff, Afreen Idris, Ali Qamar, Jonathan Velez Rivera, Lauren Kaye Mozingo, Connie Thacker, Christel Rushing, Sinho Jung, April Kelly Salama, and David A. D’Alessio. “SAT-414 A Single Center Retrospective Analysis and Review of Endocrinopathies from Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Between 2007 and 2017.” Journal of the Endocrine Society 4, no. Supplement_1 (May 8, 2020).

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Gago, Ricardo, Salvador Vilá, Jonathan Vélez-Rivera, and Luis M. Vilá. “Severe systemic inflammatory response syndrome immediately after spinal surgery in a patient with axial gout.” Bmj Case Rep 2018 (January 24, 2018).

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