Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers Awarded to Melina R. Kibbe, MD
President Obama named Melina R. Kibbe, MD among the 100 researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Award
In early July 2009, President Obama named Melina R. Kibbe, MD among the 100 researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The recipient scientists and engineers will receive their awards in the Fall at a White House ceremony.
An attending vascular surgeon in the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Center for Vascular Disease specializing in both open and endovascular therapy of vascular disease, Dr. Kibbe is also the director of vascular surgery research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and associate professor of surgery at Northwestern University School of Medicine. She also is the director of the vascular laboratory and the co-chief of vascular surgery at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago.
According to Northwestern University, “Dr. Kibbe is being recognized for her innovative research in the field of nitric oxide vascular biology and the development of novel translational therapies for patients with vascular disease. Her research explores how to extend the effectiveness of vascular procedures such as balloon angioplasty and stenting, bypass grafting, and other vascular interventions with limited durability. Her research focus is to further the understanding of nitric oxide vascular biology in order to develop nitric oxide-based therapies to improve patient care.”
The Presidential Early Career Awards embody the high priority the Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the nation’s goals and contribute to all sectors of the economy. Nine Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers—researchers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for strengthening America’s leadership in science and technology and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.
The awards, established by President Clinton in February 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected on the basis of two criteria: Pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. Winning scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.
Kris Lathan, Director
Northwestern Memorial Hospital