About Maria Camila Velez Florez, MD

I am a PGY1 at the MGH/McLean Psychiatry residency program. I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. After graduating from medical school at Universidad del Rosario in 2017, I worked as a general physician in emergency medicine and critical care for 3 years. Then, I had the opportunity of working as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Radiology Department.

During my research fellowship, I used mixed methods in studies related to patient and family-centered care and medical education. I developed multiple pilot studies to investigate the use of mind-body therapies in patients and families undergoing interventional radiology procedures. I also supported research projects in the additive manufacturing -3D printing- team (CHAMP). We were awarded the National Science Foundation grant, to develop and deploy innovative technology solutions to meet frontline medical shortages related to COVID-19. To support these efforts, I invented a transparent origami facemask with the collaboration of CHAMP and was awarded grant funding by the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation. I had the opportunity to be the Principal Investigator for this project and execute a pilot study to evaluate the use of the mask for the assessment of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. In medical education, I was involved in different projects for curriculum development, including professional identity formation and cultural diversity, and artificial intelligence-driven tools for precision learning.

As a PSTP resident, I plan to continue using mixed methods to study cognition, behavior, and brain aspects of mental health disorders in children, and related topics such as consultation-liaison, mind-body therapies, education, and diversity and inclusion. My goal is to pursue research that includes the study of both psychosocial and biological mechanisms of underlying diseases that connect mind and body.



Universidad del Rosario (Colegio Mayor Nuestra Señora del Rosario), Escuela de Medicina (Colombia), MD, 2017



  1. Velez-Florez, G.E., Velez-Florez, M.C., Mantilla-Rivas, J.O., Patarroyo-Rodríguez, L., Borrero-León, R., & Rodríguez-León S. (2018, Jul). Current Psychiatry Reports. Mind-Body Therapies in Childhood Cancer, 20(8), 1-12. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 30032441.
  2. Velez-Florez, M. C., Ghosh, A., Patton, D., Sze, R., Reid, J. R., & Sotardi, S. (2022). Artificial Intelligence Curriculum Needs Assessment for a Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program: What, How, and Why?. Academic Radiology.
  3. Silvestro E., Velez-Florez, M.C., Ferro D.F, Larsen E., Chinwalla A., Sze, R. & Winston F.. (2021, Aug). Additive manufacturing (3d printing) in response to a pandemic: Lessons learned at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Annals of 3D Printed Medicine. 2021 14 December 2021. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1016/j.stlm.2021.100041
  4. Velez-Florez, M.C., Reid, J.R., Gokli, A.. (2021, Jul). Pediatric Radiology. The value of qualitative inquiry in medical education research: evaluation of three successful publications, 51(8), 1284-1289. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 33630104.
  5. Kaplan, S.L., Chen, A.E., Rempell, R.G., Brown, N., Velez-Florez M.C. & Khwaja, A.. (2020, Dec). Journal of the American College of Radiology. Impact of Emergency Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound on Radiology Ultrasound Volumes in a Single Pediatric Emergency Department, 17(12), 1555-1562. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 32735917.
  6. Palacios, L., Botero J.S. & Velez-Florez, M.C.. (2017, Dec). Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria. Pan, Syrinx and syringomyelia., 75(12), 890-891. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 29236893.
  7. Palacios, L., Botero J.S. & Velez-Florez, M.C.. (2018, Apr). Revista Repertorio de Medicina y Cirugía. Vincent Van Gogh and his possible neuropsychiatric conditions, 27(2), 135-141.
  8. Palacios, L., Botero, J.S., Guerrero, A., Velez-Florez, M.C. & Mora L. (2017, Apr). IATREIA. Oliver Sacks, maestro y divulgador de la Neurología: reflexión, 30(2), 230-237.
  9. Velez-Florez, G.E., Velez-Florez, M.C. & Chaskel, R.. (2019, Apr). Revista de Psicopatología y Salud Mental del niño y del adolescente. Presentación simultánea de trastornos del espectro autista y de síntomas de déficit de atención e hiperactividad. Psicopatología y Salud Mental Vol. 33 2019, 33(1), 23-33.



  • 2022 – 2024, Jaramillo Grant award (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia internal grant): Additional funding for Implementing Precision Education in Radiology Via an Adaptive Learning “Tutor”, Co-investigator.
  • 2022 – 2024, Marcowitz grant award (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia internal grant): Intersectionality, diversity, and professional identity formation in medical education, Co-investigator.
  • 2021-2022, SPR Research and Education Foundation: Implementing Precision Education in Radiology Via an Adaptive Learning “Tutor”, Co-investigator.
  • 2020-2022, Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids – COVID-19 Edition Pitch Competition, Children´s National Hospital – NCC-PDI & Medtech Innovator, Principal investigator.
  • 2020-2022, National Science Foundation award (RAPID): COVID Rapid Response Innovation Community, Co-investigator.
  • 2017, Best Intern/Last-Year of Medical School, Universidad del Rosario.
  • 2015, Art scholarship competition winner “Milan Expo 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.
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