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Melina Rae Kibbe, MD

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2018
For outstanding contributions to surgery and vascular biology and engineering solutions to improve patients' lives.

Preliminary research shows noninvasive therapy may reverse atherosclerosis

Via EurekAlert | May 11, 2018

An injection may one day be able to reverse atherosclerosis, according to emerging research presented at the American Heart Association’s Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions 2018, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in vascular biology for researchers and clinicians.

Atherosclerosis is characterized by a narrowing of arteries and blood vessels caused by a build-up of a hard, waxy substance called plaque, which is rich in cholesterol.

Drugs such as statins are used to control low density lipoprotein (LDL) the so-called bad cholesterol and thus decrease “plaque burden”, explained Neel A. Mansukhani, M.D. lead author of the study and an integrated vascular surgery fellow at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “But statins have not been proven to reverse the disease.” Mansukhani said.

Other treatment approaches for atherosclerosis, which can narrow blood vessels and arteries throughout the body, include bypass surgery and stenting, but neither reverses the disease and each can cause damage to the vessel wall, he said… Continue reading.

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Dr. Melina Kibbe Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Via AIMBE | April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Melina Rae Kibbe, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Kibbe was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to surgery and vascular biology and engineering solutions to improve patients’ lives.

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