Melina R. Kibbe, MD - Novel Vascular Therapies, Sex Bias in Research, and the Surgeon Scientist

Dr. Melina R. Kibbe, MD, is the Colin G. Thomas, Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She did her general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, followed by vascular surgery fellowship at Northwestern. Prior to UNC, Dr. Kibbe was 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. Dr. Kibbe’s research interests focus on nitric oxide vascular biology and developing novel and innovative nitric oxide-based therapies for patients with vascular disease. She has funding from the NIH, the American Heart Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the AMA, and various intramural sources. She holds 11 patents or provisional patents, has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and is also the Editor in Chief of JAMA Surgery. Her research was recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2009.


A small sampling of some of Dr. Kibbe’s relevant articles:

Targeted Nanoparticle Therapies for the Treatment of Surgical Diseases

Biodegradable Vascular Scaffolds - The "Liquid Stent" Project

Sex Bias in Research - Interventional Clinical Trials

The Extinction of the Surgeon Scientist