Maria Velazquez-Connor, MD

  • Third Year Resident

Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?

I am not currently in a special track, but I do have a focus on the health of underserved and marginalized populations.

Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program?  Why Pittsburgh?

I met UPMC Shadyside’s Family Medicine Residents at the AAFP National Conference and was blown away by how knowledgeable and passionate they were. First impressions do not always align with reality.  But when I came to interview at this program, I knew that I could grow and foster my abilities in a challenging and supportive environment.

When it comes to being in Pittsburgh, I fell in love with the food scene here. I love celebrating cultures through my stomach - meaning I enjoy authentic cooking that has all the full flavor and spice of cuisines from India, Korea, Turkey, Pakistan, and the Caribbean Islands to name a few. Pittsburgh also has a rich history, a great music scene, and can be easily enjoyed on foot.

What are your goals while here in the residency program?  How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?

My goals during residency include exploring my current interests, delving into new passions, and becoming a well-rounded doctor by the end of my training. I know that solidifying a passion and purpose will help me focus my attention to ensure that the care and compassion I have can be translated into effective patient care.  

Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?

My passion for people doesn't stop at the clinic doors, so outside of residency, I can be found amongst family and friends - enjoying music venues, comedy shows, late-night dinners, and good conversations. My cat keeps me company when others can’t and is just about as vocal as most of my loved ones.



Staten Island, New York