About Dr. Velis
Dr. Dean Velis

Dean Thomas Velis, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Velis is a native Chicagoan and has over 23 years of experience practicing Phlebology and Aerospace Medicine (Designated Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, Federal Aviation Administration). He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and was awarded Diplomate status in 1995 after being Certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Velis is also certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (Diplomate status, Inaugural Examination, 2008). He began working at a very young age and learned the importance of honesty and devoted work ethic from his father.

Dr. Velis earned his undergraduate degree (Cum Laude) from Northeastern Illinois University and received his MD (with honors) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, Athens, Greece. His postgraduate work included research at the University in the Dept. of Microbiology; Infectious Diseases and Immunology analyzing The Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

He completed his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at St. Francis Hospital of Evanston followed by a one year research fellowship in Glaucoma at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Ophthalmology under Professor Theodore Krupin, MD an internationally recognized Ophthalmologist and author specializing in Glaucoma. Dr. Velis also successfully completed training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support.

Dr. Velis has authored and coauthored numerous studies for medical symposiums including the Annual Congress of the American College of Phleblology and the annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology. Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Glaucoma research.

Faculty appointment: University of Illinois at Chicago, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Medicine. Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Arc Ventures E
ducational Services, Instructor/ lecturer for students preparing for the National Board of Medical Examiners Board examination. Served as faculty for American College of Phlebology and Lymphatic Medicine symposiums.

Licensure: Physician and Surgeon license; California, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the European Economic Community. Dr. Velis is also a Medical Consultant for the State of Illinois, Dept. of Human Services.

Dr. Velis currently is a member of the medical staff at Presence Resurrection and Swedish Covenant Hospitals.

Awards: Physicians Recognition Award, American Medical Association
Certificate of Appreciation Award, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine

Memberships in numerous national organizations:
American College of Phlebology, Premier Member
American College of Physicians, Fellow
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Chicago Executive Airport Pilots Association

Dr. Velis’ hobbies and interests include: Aviation (FAA Private Pilot Certificate), Percussion (Drums), water sports, travel, regular volunteer work at church, and spending time with his family.

Practice Philosophy
Each and every patient is approached as if they are a family member. I use comprehensive state-of-the-art resources to diagnose the extent your vein disease. An accurate assessment of the etiology and severity is of paramount importance in order to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to meet and satisfy your needs. I feel it is very important to allow the patients to speak freely without interrupting them. A wise professor once told me that if you let the patient talk they will make the diagnoses for you. I feel that it is my professional, ethical, and moral obligation to maintain the highest level of knowledge and expertise in order to achieve an optimal outcome. A satisfied patient creates a satisfied doctor.