Cancer Center Member
Melina Kibbe, MD
Professor, Surgery, Vascular Surgery Division; Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Kibbe is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of Vascular Surgery as well as Staff Physician and Director of the Vascular Laboratory at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. She received her MD degree from the University of Chicago in 1994, completed her general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, and vascular surgery fellowship at Northwestern University in 2003. She is board certified in both General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. She received her RVT certification in 2003.
Dr. Kibbe's clinical efforts focus on open and endovascular surgery, with a particular interest on carotid and peripheral arterial endovascular interventions. Her research interests focus on nitric oxide vascular biology. Specifically, she is studying how nitric oxide inhibits vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation by focusing on the role of nitric oxide in regulating the cell cycle, the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway, and apoptosis. She is also developing and testing nitric oxide-based pharmacological approaches to inhibit neointimal hyperplasia following vascular bypass grafting. Her hope is to have a positive effect on patency rates of both vein and prosthetic bypass conduits, thereby effecting millions of patients that undergo coronary artery or peripheral artery bypass procedures.