Miguel Velez MD | General Surgeon | Whittier, CA | PIH Health
Miguel A. Velez

Miguel A. Velez MD


General Surgery
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Dr. Velez credits a high school physiology teacher and his parents with instilling in him a love of medicine. “I was attracted to medicine and general surgery because of the direct and personal way it helps those in need,” explains Dr. Velez, who derives the most satisfaction from relationships with his patients. “My purpose has been to care for patients with uncompromised compassion and concern. Our moral credibility is earned by helping others regain their health,” he says.

Office Information

Hospital/Group Affiliation

PIH Health Whittier Hospital

PIH Health Physicians





General Surgery


  • Spanish



Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (California)


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (California)

Medical Education

University of California School of Medicine (San Diego)

Board Certifications

Surgery (General Cert)


Patient Reviews

August 23, 2021
It sure was a great experience up to me, Dr. Miguel Velez is a great doctor , very patient, very gentle, and very professional my wife, and I were very, very happy and pleased with his medical attention that he's providing us with.
August 19, 2021
Very good doctor and make me feel comfortable with the procedure that I am about to have. The office staff is very professional and understanding, help me with my referrals and listen to my needs.
August 16, 2021
Dr Velez is great so far but I still have to have surgery
August 12, 2021
I made my appointment for late in the afternoon and I was talking to my daughters and they said I should have made it super early because the doctors are at their sharpest but since it was so routine, I thought 3 something in the afternoon would be okay. That was my only question.
August 12, 2021
It was very interesting to my wife and I. He answered all of our questions, we did have more questions to ask him but we didn't remember to ask him while we were there. You can see that he is very knowledgeable in this profession and I feel comfortable in his care!
August 09, 2021
all's well
August 02, 2021
Doctor Velez very understanding took the time to explain my options,risks with visual descriptions and explanations. Finally a doctor with compassion in understanding my condition and why I am dealing with.
July 28, 2021
Excellent Doctor and clean, well organized rooms !! Nice experience for me !
July 26, 2021
Dr Velez was very pleasant and answered all of my questions.
July 22, 2021
The doctor was very kind and explained the procedure of my surgery very well. Thank you for having such professional people.
July 19, 2021
The office staff at Dr. Velez's office was truly outstanding and the experience, I had with Dr. Velez, as a surgeon physician is certainly something that makes me very confident about him being my surgeon. Thanks very much.
July 19, 2021
Dr. Velez provided very clear explanations for all of my questions, and showed me the scans, which I appreciated.
July 07, 2021
Dr. Velez is very thorough
June 28, 2021
The experience was excellent. The first time since I was diagnosed with breast cancer that I got real answers. I am hoping for a doctor a little closer to my home; they helped with the referral.
June 17, 2021
We were late for our appointment but the doctor still was able to see us in a timely manner. Very through and professional. Doctor explained everything very clear for us to understand and showed us pictures of the gallbadder which was very helpful.
June 17, 2021
Dr Velez did an excellent job explaining my condition, recommending treatment & answering my questions. I am very confident he is providing excellent care.
June 14, 2021
Thank you for the nurse. Of Dr. Velez and thank you to Dr. Velez. Thank you for your kind service.
June 14, 2021
All good
June 07, 2021
Dr. Velez was very easy to talk to. He was very caring and he took his time to explain everything very thorough. I am very grateful that I have a very good surgeon. Thank you, have a great day. Bye.
May 20, 2021
The doctor and staff were very nice and caring with my mom. Thank you Dr. Velez and staff.
May 17, 2021
I loved my nurse and my doctor. They were both caring. I liked how the doctor explained the hernia and what might be happening.
May 10, 2021
My appointment was @ 10 am. I arrived 10 minutes early. The nurse called me and took me to the patient exam room within a reasonable time. However, I WAITED 45 minutes before Dr. Velez saw me. I was not a happy camper by the time he showed up.
May 03, 2021
He gave me the info I needed to go forward
April 26, 2021
Dr. Velez was so knowledgeable and his experience is apparent. The staff was so friendly!
April 22, 2021
Dr. Velez is very professional his, his very attention is very courteous, went on a beyond and I will definitely be recommending Dr. Velez to all my family and friends.
April 21, 2021
I felt very comfortable with this surgeon before and after my surgery. He is professional but friendly. Knowledgeable but humble. I felt safe and cared with empathy.
April 19, 2021
Dr. Velez is an excellent provider. He was extremely informative and easy to speak to. He created great comfort and took his time explaining various conditions and possibilities. His staff was also very warm and efficient.
April 19, 2021
Very Impressed with Dr Velez experience & detailed thought on next steps to meet my needs - Great Doc!
April 12, 2021
I am very pleased because they treated me very well, and in my language. I am very happy to go to that doctor.
March 31, 2021
Dr Velez listened to me and explained everything in an easy to understand manner. He did not rush me and answered questions that I had. I felt that he was honest with me and gave me options.
March 29, 2021
Dr. Velez and staff were extremely professional and kind. I was very impressed with his smooth the whole experience went.
March 25, 2021
I saw Dr. Velez for a hernia, which is his area of expertise. He was very thorough and knowledgable. He gave me options along with his recommendation. I was very impressed!
March 18, 2021
Excellently, very well treated, he is a doctor of very good quality and respect for him, because the treatment and his work as a surgeon and as a doctor is excellent, I would say that he has more than 10
March 15, 2021
Very friendly and professional staff.
March 04, 2021
Experience with dr. Miguel Velez was informative, comforting and reassuring to proceed with procedure.
March 01, 2021
Dr. Velez is not only a warm and welcoming professional, he also exhibits confidence in his knowledge in his field which gives me trust in what he says and does. Makes for an awesome Doctor/Surgeon.
February 24, 2021
he saved me
February 24, 2021
I was very impressed by the treatment and care provided and how comfortable he made me feel though out my appointments and surgery
February 22, 2021
Informative and good to understand
February 18, 2021
Hi, I would like to leave a message stating that Dr. Velez was excellent. He was the first doctor at PIH that took me seriously. And checked me and was patient and literally almost made me cry because someone does care out there and I'm grateful to him for allowing me to have surgery, to remove my problem. Thank you, Dr. Velez and the staff.
February 11, 2021
Dr. was patient as he explained things to me.
February 10, 2021
Along with Dr. Velez his office staff and the nurses at the hospital all we're extremely friendly and helpful and answered all my questions and really eased any. emotional time that I was going through.
February 08, 2021
Very friendly staff and dr too
February 08, 2021
The office staff along with Dr. Velez where very professional!!!
January 13, 2021
Dr. Vélez is truly a caring physician that takes his time with his patients. I'm truly grateful to have him as my surgeon. He listens and addresses all my concerns. His staff is wonderful as well. They make you feel comfortable through the most difficult time of going through the emotions of surgery and recovery.
January 11, 2021
I had a bit of a wait after I checked in. About 40 minutes. That's my only complaint.
January 04, 2021
Dr. Vélez was an excellent choice for me. He was kind and informative. He made me feel at ease with what my surgery would entail. Excellent doctor and I would definitely recommend him.
January 04, 2021
I felt very confident from the first day I spoke with dr. Vélez and yes I would recommend it.
December 17, 2020
The entire experience was excellent. The follow-up to emergency surgery performed by another surgeon went well. The reasons the other surgeon chose to resolve the emergency this way was explained thoroughly. The expected after-effects were also explained. Even the insurance implications of aftercare were covered.
December 03, 2020
He explain it very good.
November 19, 2020
Very satisfied with my experience with PHI ????
November 16, 2020
Dr. Velez is great! The best surgeon a pregnant mom could hope and ask for. Thank you.
November 09, 2020
I felt very comfortable leaving my appointment, knowing that I'm in good hands.
November 09, 2020
Provider was friendly, very knowledgeable, and explained clear choices and plan
November 05, 2020
already have
November 05, 2020
Great advice to options on thyroid surgery.
November 02, 2020
Physician appeared very knowledgeable. Prepared with pictures in explanations and to the point.
October 27, 2020
Dr. Velez is a craftsman; he exemplifies service and is a wonderful example of what a doctor ideally is -compassionate and a consummate professional!
October 14, 2020
He was caring and explained in detail what process of surgery and outcome.
October 08, 2020
I was shown, using computer images, exactly what would be done during my surgery and what I could anticipate. Very thorough and all staff members where very nice. I could not be more satisfied and impressed.
October 01, 2020
Dr. Velez was extremely knowledgeable and he made me feel very comfortable and ready for my procedure, with nothing to be worry about for my surgery.
September 28, 2020
Excellent care.
September 23, 2020
Was very knowledgeable and thorough.
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