Monica L. Velasco, DNP, FNP-C

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Monica L. Velasco, DNP, FNP-C


(212) 305-0914, (212) 305-3000


Presbyterian Hospital Building
622 West 168th Street, PH 14
New York, NY 10032

Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
3959 Broadway
New York, NY 10032


Monica Velasco is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Columbia University School of Nursing in New York, NY. Previously, she received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami, FL. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the Transplant Nurses Association. She earned many awards and honors during her clinical and academic career, including the Mary Dickey Lindsay ’45 Nursing Scholar, 2013 from Columbia University School of Nursing. She has co-authored numerous transplant publications and has served as an international guest speaker. She is considered an expert in the field of Intestinal and Multivisceral Transplant.

Monica’s nursing experience spans over 25 years. She began her transplant career in 1998 at the University of Miami, where she worked for 13 years as the Program Manager for the Pediatric Liver and Intestinal Transplant Division and Senior Transplant Clinical Coordinator. During her time there, she helped grow the Liver and Intestinal Transplant Program into one of the top transplant centers in the world. In 2010, she was recruited by the Center of Liver Disease and Abdominal Transplantation at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Currently, she is the Program Manager for the Intestinal and Ex-Vivo Transplant Division and is a Senior Transplant Clinical Coordinator. She has over two decades of clinical experience in pediatrics, taking care of complex liver and intestinal transplant patients. She has vast experience working with nutritionally challenged patients who require enteral and parenteral nutrition. She is a co-investigator on numerous research projects in the areas of liver and intestinal transplantation.

She holds a Clinical Faculty Position at Columbia University School of Nursing, where she serves as an Assistant Professor of Nursing, Clinical Preceptor and Portfolio Advisor for their Doctorate Program.

Fluent in Spanish

Visit The Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at


  • Pediatric Liver Transplantation
  • Adult and Pediatric Intestinal, Multivisceral and Ex-Vivo Transplantation

Treats Children


Partner Physician

Faculty Role

Assistant Professor of Nursing (in Surgery) at Columbia University


  • 2013: Mary Dickey Lindsay ’45 DNP Nursing Scholar, Lindsay Scholarship Program
  • 2002: Certificate for Outstanding Community Service, Mayor, Alex Penelas, Miami-Dade County
  • 1994: Young Presidents Scholarship Award, Mount Sinai Hospital


  • 2015: DNP in Nursing, Columbia University
  • 2003: MSN in Nursing, University of Miami
  • 1994: BSN in Nursing, University of Miami


  • Heinz, N., Griesemer, A., Kinney, J., Vittorio, J., Lagana, Stephen M., Goldner, D., Velasco, M., Kato, T., Lobritton, S., & Martinez, M. A Case of an Infact with SARS-CoV-@ Hepatitis Early After Liver Transplantation. Pediatric Transplant. 2020 June 25: e13778.
  • Ravella, S., Liou, P., Velasco M., Harrison, A., Kato, T., Martinez, M. Nutritional challenges in patients after intestinal auto-transplantation and ex-vivo surgery. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr.2019 Feb;43(2):245-251.
  • Weiner, J., Griesemer, A., Island, E., Lobritto, S., Martinez, M., Selvaggi, G., Lefkowitch, J., Velasco, M., Tryphonopoulos, P., Emond, J., Tzakis, A., Kato, T. Long-Term Outcomes of Auxiliary Partial Orthotopic Liver Transplantation in Pre-Adolescent Children with Fulminant Hepatic Failure. Liver Transplantation. 2016 Apr;22(4):485-94.
  • Velasco, M. L. & Mingviriya, S. S. (2015). Previously unresectable intra-abdominal tumors encasing the superior mesenteric artery – a new surgical approach. Transplant Journal of Australasia, 24(2), 16-18.
  • Delacruz, V., Weppler, D., Island, E., Gonzalez, M., Tryphonopoulos, P., Moon, J., Smith, L., Tzakis, A., & Ruiz, P. (2010). Mycophenolate mofetil–related gastrointestinal mucosal injury in multivisceral transplantation. Transplantation Proceedings, 42, 82–84.