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

Miguel A. Velez MD


General Surgery
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4.8 / 5 (based on 248 Reviews) View 50 Comments

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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

Additional Languages

  • Spanish


Medical School

University of California School of Medicine (San Diego)


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (California)


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (California)

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery


Patient Reviews

July 11, 2022
Dr. Velez was, showed himself to be professional and to be knowledgeable. Because of that, I will send all my family members to him and tell them of his great bedside manner, as well.
July 11, 2022
I liked how they treated me. They always treat me good. Thanks to the doctor because he is patient with me. I like the doctor. He treated me well.
July 11, 2022
Dr. Velez, nurse and office staff were very professional and courteous. I would be comfortable recommending Dr. Velez.
July 06, 2022
I was very satisfied, with the out come of my visit, I'm a little relieved, after the consultation!
June 27, 2022
I accompanied my brother for the consultation with Dr. Velez. We got in very quickly. He reassured him, and gave him direction on which way to go. And we were extremely pleased and look forward to having surgery with Dr. Velez in the near future.
June 16, 2022
June 15, 2022
All very clean, clear and friendly with professionalism.
June 13, 2022
I was very impressed with the doctor. He was very kind, very curious. He explained everything and he listen to what I had to say, answered all my questions, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
June 08, 2022
I had surgery that day, June 8. Not only was Dr. Velez great, but the entire PIH team I interfaced with were friendly and professional. From the transport drivers (names removed), I believe were their names) to Nurse (names removed) and (name removed at the Breast Center, to Nurse (names removed) (anesthesiologist with a long name I'm not sure how to spell), and to the surgical team (names removed), and that's all I remember in that operating room. The care I received at PIH has been outstanding from the moment of my cancer diagnosis and I let my friends and family know. I would also like to thank (name removed (names removed) and his team, Nurse (name removed), and the two hilarious staff at the (name removed) front desk. You two ladies have the best energy and humor when dealing with patients who have to come in for radiation treatments. The MRI team was also fabulous in their treatment and although I cannot remember their names, I appreciate them and the care they gave me during my first ever MRI. Thank you PIH!
June 06, 2022
Doctor was great as was the back office staff. The front office staff left a lot to be desired, a lot of staff, but were playing (words removed) in stead of taking care of their customers. You could do with one person at the counter if they focused on their job instead of (words removed) with their co-workers.
May 19, 2022
We were very impressed with Dr. Velez! He looked into past history & our concerns. He guided through taking care of this current health problem. He took lots of time & covered many topics. We are grateful for this. Feel very confident in his expertise to do a great surgery. Highly recommend! Staff too was very kind & thoughtful! Great Dr. & team!!
May 16, 2022
The Dr was very thorough. I felt very comfortable talking to him, and having him examine me. After the examination, the consultation was very ... explained very well. He's an excellent Dr, and that's from what I saw at the visit. I also know that he did surgery on my mother-in-law about six to eight months ago, and we were very happy with it then, and I'm happy with him now. Thank you.
May 09, 2022
I felt Dr. Velez was a grate person, very compassionate, and treated me very well and above all, he was gentle with me, especially because I am a woman. I received good care.
May 09, 2022
Very personable & through in his explanations of problem & treatment!
April 25, 2022
The services I receive from Dr. Velez was excellent. Dr. Velez explained everything in detail, very through. Great medical office team, very welcoming, polite, and simply wonderful from start to finish.
April 14, 2022
Excellent Doctor! & staff!
April 11, 2022
Estoy muy contenta cómo me explico el doctor es muy profesional y la persona que me tamo y la que me dio la siguiente cita fueron muy amables muchas gracias
April 04, 2022
The doctor and staffs explained everything in detail but I could not understand many of them because of the terminologies they used. It was partially my false. I really need to learn all those medical terms. They did explain to me when I asked, though.
April 04, 2022
My experience was very, very good. And I thought the doctor was excellent and his staff.
March 28, 2022
Dr Velez is nice and professional.
March 24, 2022
Question Number 1 was the answer was number 4.
March 03, 2022
I had a very positive experience with Dr Velez
February 28, 2022
I would just like to say that Dr. Velez was an extremely nice and compassionate doctor. I sincerely wish all doctors were like him. I have been very worried and down right scared regarding some health issues, but Dr. Velez sat with me and explained everything to me in a manner that put my mind at ease. I know that I will need surgery in the future and I totally trust Dr Velez with my care. I repeat, and can't stress enough how I wish all doctors were like him, I can feel that he truly cares about his patients.
February 28, 2022
(INAUDIBLE) surgeon, very friendly, friendly staff. Very considerate of their patients. Thank you.
February 17, 2022
February 07, 2022
I answered the first question incorrectly. It should have been a number 4 instead of a number 1. And it was a great visit and felt very comfortable with the doctor. Thank you.
February 07, 2022
Very pleasant experience. In a difficult time
February 03, 2022
I was very comfortable, happy, and educated.
January 27, 2022
Doctor and Staff were very nice. They treated me with compassion and respect.
January 20, 2022
I appreciate Dr. Velez's interviewed appointment. I appreciate it, I have a lot of confidence in his treatment of me. I appreciate the time he gave me. I appreciate it very much.
January 17, 2022
Excellent Doctor
January 12, 2022
Everyone I encountered greeting me with "good morning" or "hello".
January 10, 2022
I was impressed with Dr. Velez. I trust him with my surgery and expect great results.
December 20, 2021
I just want to say, we got our appointment very quickly when the office, all the girls and guys there in the desk treated us great. We got in to see the doctor right away. The doctor was great and he told, we talked for a long time in fact I said, I'm sorry we talked so long, but he wanted to hear everything we had to say and I was really impressed by him and I've heard that he's really a great surgeon and I was recommended by other people and when I met him I have no doubt that he would take good care of me and be a great surgeon. In fact, I told my wife just before we left about how lucky you were.
December 15, 2021
Dr. Velez, & Staff Very Professional, kind, informative and friendly... Impressive! Ty??
December 02, 2021
My appointment for that day was originally scheduled with Dr. David Anderson, but he was not available, and I was able to see Dr. Velez instead. Dr. Velez knew how I went through the surgery and answered all my post-surgery questions. Dr. Anderson did the succesful surgery and saved my life for which I am grateful for the rest of my life. Both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Velez are indeed excellent PIH doctors.
November 29, 2021
That I brought, they treated me very well, but very kind to me.
November 29, 2021
Did a great explain my health problem to me.
November 18, 2021
My office visit with Dr. Velez was to determine if surgery was necessary to solve my problem of acid reflux. Dr. Velez clearly explained the surgical procedure. The visuals of the procedure shown on the computer screen also gave me a clearer picture. I am a visual learner. He also went over my medical history thoroughly asking important questions. Dr. Velez was professional and his demeanor pleasant. I am confident that any surgery Dr. Velez performs on me will be fine, and I will improve and heal. Thank you Dr. Velez.
November 11, 2021
Was a great visit. I highly recommend Dr. Velez.
November 08, 2021
Dr. Velez is a great doctor; he's an excellent doctor. He seems to care really for his patient, and he's respectful, polite, and he explained everything and ordered the procedures to investigate...investigate more, the situation. He took his time explaining things, and answered our questions. And also he speaks Spanish, which it was greatly appreciated for my sister, who does not speak very well English. Overall, Dr. Velez is a good fit for us. Thank you.
November 08, 2021
Dr. Velez was very attentive. I've been to three other doctors and they all disregarded what I had to say. He actually listened and examined me and saw that my core was actually as badly damaged as I had told him. He showed me pictures and explained what was going on with me and directed me to the next steps.
November 01, 2021
I found this doctor to be exceptionally thorough, very very organized and professional and certainly willing to take the time to explain the procedure going forward. So I think he did a great job.
November 01, 2021
Your staff was professional & courteous. Dr Reyes was upbeat & informative. His enthusiasm for his job & can do attitude was encouraging
October 27, 2021
I liked him cause he's like a no nonsense doctor he told me when I had give me the options he listen to what I wanted And I just like him he is a very nice guy also
October 20, 2021
[name removed] was so calm and assuring while she checked vital signs and health history. After I saw doctor she made sure I had phone # and plan of next step. Dr Velez was recommended by a friend and doctor gave me confidence about upcoming surgery.
October 14, 2021
Well, I am very happy with the attention the doctor gave me and no, they do not make me all his staff both in his office and in the hospital and thank you, I want to thank him because I am fine. They did a very excellent job. (unreadable) and I would recommend it in any situation that will find it necessary. Thank you.
October 11, 2021
I think the surgery scheduler can do a better job of conveying information to the patient and getting paperwork to the patient. I did not get my final paperwork until Friday after I got home from work and I found out that I was - I missed the covid testing and the last day to get that done was apparently Friday. So, I had some frustrations dealing with the scheduler but other than that, everything was perfect. Enjoyed Dr. Velez's staff and services.
October 04, 2021
My experience with Dr.Velez was excellent. He provided information on what will happen during my surgery and was very thorough. I was happy with how it went.
October 04, 2021
Took the time to explain my conditions and options.also encourage to get covid vaccine.
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