Melina R. Kibbe, MD, is Professor of Surgery with tenure, the Edward G. Elcock Professor of Surgical Research, and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University; co-Chief of the Vascular Surgery service at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center at JBVAMC. She also serves as Deputy Director for the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology at Northwestern University. She has significant experience with both open and endovascular surgery, including the treatment of carotid stenosis, peripheral vascular disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysms. She is board certified in general and vascular surgery and is RVT and RPVI certified by ARDMS. Dr. Kibbe completed a fellowship in The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine in 2012.
Dr. Kibbe’s research interests focus on developing novel therapies for patients with vascular disease while simultaneously studying the mechanism of how these therapies impact the vascular wall. She is currently PI on 3 NIH R01 awards, 1 NIH T32 award, and 1 VA Merit award, in addition to serving as co-Investigator on several other awards. She holds 7 patents or provisional patents. Her research was recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2009.
Nationally, she is actively involved in several societies and has assumed leadership positions. She is past-president for the Association for Academic Surgery, president for the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society, and president-elect for the Association of VA Surgeons. She is also an active member in the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the American Heart Association, among others. She is the Editor-in-Chief for JAMA Surgery, and served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Surgical Research. She is a member of the editorial boards for Surgery and Annals of Surgery.
More recently, Dr. Kibbe has been a strong advocate for sex inclusion in biomedical research. She was interviewed by Leslie Stahl for 60 Minutes in February 2014 on this topic, and later appeared on the Colbert Report. Her publication in the journal Surgery on the presence of sex bias in surgical research gained much media attention nationally and internationally, and resulted in discussions with the National Institutes of Health, the Government Accountability Organization (GAO), and the FDA about policy change.
Her bibliography includes over 190 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles, and book chapters, with an emphasis on nitric oxide vascular biology and nitric oxide-based therapies. She has authored or co-authored over 190 nationally and internationally presented abstracts. She has received numerous awards, including the Society of Vascular Surgery Lifeline Research Award, 2010 Women’s Leadership Award, the Society of Gene Therapy Young Investigator Award, the Association of Women Surgeons Outstanding Woman Surgeon 2002 Resident Award, and an AMWA Gender Equity Award. She was also inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, in 1994. She has received 16 awards for teaching excellence from Northwestern University as a faculty member
She co-founded and is the Chief Medical Officer for VesselTek BioMedical, LLC, a company that specializes in the development of medical devices to treat vascular disease.
Dr. Kibbe graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1994. She completed her internship, residency, and research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2002, and her vascular surgery fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2003.