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About Melina R. Kibbe M.D.


Melina R. Kibbe, MD, is Professor of Surgery with tenure, the Colin G. Thomas, Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina (UNC). 

She also is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.   

Prior to UNC, Dr. Kibbe was on the faculty at Northwestern University for 13 years where she also served as the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery and as Deputy Director of the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology. 

 Clinically, Dr. Kibbe has significant experience with both open and endovascular surgery, including the treatment of carotid stenosis, peripheral vascular disease, arteriovenous access, and abdominal aortic aneurysms. 

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 awards from the NIH, VA, and DOD, in addition to serving as co-Investigator on several other NIH awards studying novel therapies for patients with vascular disease.   She has also served as the national PI or site PI of many gene and cell-based clinical trials for patients with critical limb ischemia. 

She holds 10 patents or provisional patents. 

Her research was recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2009.   

Her bibliography includes over 230 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles, and book chapters.  She has authored or co-authored over 200 nationally and internationally presented abstracts. 

She has received numerous awards, including the Society of Vascular Surgery Lifeline Research Award, SVS Women’s Leadership Award, the Society of Gene Therapy Young Investigator Award, the Association of Women Surgeons Outstanding Woman Surgeon Resident Award, and an AMWA Gender Equity Award. Most recently, she was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2017. Dr. Kibbe has assumed national positions of leadership. 

She is the Editor-in-Chief for JAMA Surgery. She is past-president for the Association for Academic Surgery, Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society, and the Association of VA Surgeons.  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.