Dr. Melendez is originally from Chile. She moved to Colorado at age 16 where she started her undergraduate at the University of Colorado. She continued her education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at St Joseph Hospital in Denver and a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Albany Medical Center. She specializes in open treatment of complex peripheral arterial disease and thoracic outlet syndrome. In her time off she enjoys running and traveling.
I was referred to the Vascular Institute of the Rockies after visiting the emergency room in December of 2017. Over the next year, I worked with Dr. Melendez and her team to determine what was causing symptoms in my right arm. Dr. Melendez balanced a conservative treatment plan with consideration of my pain level. She demonstrated everything that a surgeon should be. I ultimately underwent a first rib resection and scalenectomy in December of 2018 for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). Dr. Melendez continued her world-class care in my post-op recovery. I am eternally grateful to her and her team for fixing my “magical color changing” arm.