Velma Villalon Taormina, M.D., M.S.E., attended the University of Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. She attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Taormina moved to North Carolina where she practiced in the private sector for eight years before moving to public health. She most recently served as Medical Director of a local health department for over fifteen years where she also served as the OB Champion for the Pregnancy Medical Home since its inception.
Dr. Taormina was the clinical lead on several initiatives that have led to numerous accolades and awards for her and the local health department for their innovative approach to delivering care in the public health sector. She is currently serving as a co-chair on the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s Maternal Health Taskforce. She is the current President of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. Dr. Taormina founded Taormina Healthcare Innovations in 2019 where she provides services as a women’s health consultant to several entities including the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Benefits where she is the Senior Policy Consultant for Women’s Health. Dr. Taormina is married to Martin Taormina, MD and has three adult children. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and blogging about women’s health issues.