Melina R. Kibbe, MD

Northwestern Medical Group
  • Vascular Surgery


Dr. Kibbe is a vascular surgeon at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital specializing in both open and endovascular therapy of vascular disease. She also has a strong basic science research interest in understanding how and why vascular bypass grafts occlude and is actively trying to develop nitric oxide-based therapies to prevent graft occlusion.

As an assistant professor of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine and a consultant with the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, she has significant experience with both open and endovascular surgery, including the treatment of carotid stenosis, peripheral vascular disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysms. Dr. Kibbe also performs surgery at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and is the director of the Vascular Laboratory at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and chief of the vascular surgery division. In addition to her surgical abilities and interests, in 2003 the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers certified her as a Registered Vascular Technologist and recently received her Registered Physician Vascular Interpretation certificate in 2007.

Dr. Kibbe's research focuses on nitric oxide vascular biology. Her research laboratory is located in the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine at Northwestern University. She hopes to develop a nitric oxide-based pharmacological approach to inhibit restenosis, a problem that limits cardiac and vascular graft durability. She currently serves as the principal investigator for grant-funded studies examining the mechanisms of how nitric oxide inhibits neointimal hyperplasia from the American College of Surgeons, National Institutes of Health (K08), and the American Vascular Association. Dr. Kibbe was also awarded a Merit Review grant from the VA. In addition, she is the site- principal investigator in a VA Chicago Healthcare System study of open versus endovascular repair and the National Institutes of Health and Guidant, Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy vs. Stent Trial at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

She is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, American Heart Association, Society for Vascular Surgery, Association for Academic Surgery, the North American Vascular Biology Organization, the Association of VA Surgeons, the Nitric Oxide Society, Central Surgical Association, the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society, the Chicago Surgical Society, and the Association of Women Surgeons. She serves as a distinguished reviewer for the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Her bibliography includes over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles, and book chapters, with an emphasis on nitric oxide vascular biology and nitric oxide-based gene therapy. She has authored or co-authored over 40 nationally and internationally presented papers. She has received numerous awards, including the Society of Vascular Surgery Lifeline Research Award, the Society of Gene Therapy Young Investigator Award, and the Association of Women Surgeons Outstanding Woman Surgeon 2002 Resident Award. She was also inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society, in 1994.

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's McGaw Medical Center/Feinberg School of Medicine in 2003. She is board certified in general and vascular surgery.


  • Medical Education
    University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine - 1994
  • Residency
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / Presbyterian - 2002
  • Fellowship
    Northwestern Mcgaw / Northwestern Memorial Hospital - 2003


  • Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery


Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern

675 N. St. Clair

Galter 19-100

Chicago, IL 60611



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