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Faculty Biography

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Vladimir Melnikov, M.D.

Assistant Professor

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Education and Post-Graduate Training

  • M.D., Kaunas School of Medicine, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • General Surgery, Anesthesia, and Intensive Care Internship, Mogilev District Hospital, Mogilev, Belarus
  • Kiev Institute of Advanced Medical Training, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Residency in Anesthesiology, Carmel Medical Center, Israel, Haifa, Israel
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Course

Professional Experience

  • Director, Bariatric Anesthesia Program, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas, 2/08 – Present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology,  Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 9/1/01 – 2003      
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 2003 – Present
  • Attending Anesthesiologist, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas, 9/1/01 – Present
  • Attending Anesthesiologist, Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital, Houston, Texas, 9/1/01 – Present
  • Kaplan Medical Center, Deputy Head, Department of Anesthesiology, Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, Israel, 7/00 – 9/03
  • Attending Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesiology, Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, Israel, 4/98 – 7/00
  • Attending Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesiology, Zvulun Medical Center, Haifa, Israel, 1/98 – 3/98
  • Attending Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesiology, Carmel Medical Center, Israel, Haifa, Israel, 7/96 – 7/97
  • Practiced medicine as an expert in the Soviet Union:  Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Mogilev District Hospital, Mogilev Hospital of Oncology, Mogilev Regional Hospital, Mogilev, Belarus (former USSR), 8/82 – 7/89

Military Service

  • Medical Officer, Israel Defense Army, 1992 – Present

Certification

  • Israel State Board Certified Anesthesiologist, 1996
  • European Academy of Anesthesiology, European Diploma in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, 8/01
  • ECFMG Certification, 2004

Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, 9/02
  • Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, 9/02

Research Grants

  • Co-Investigator:  Investigation of Platelet Functions in Patients Presenting for Liver Transplantation, IRB #HSC-MS-06-0332, 1/1/06 – 1/31/10
  • Co-Investigator:  Accuracy of B.Braun Certofix Central Venous Catheter Placement Utilizing B.Braun Certodyn Universal Adapter. B. Braun Medical, Inc., 2002 – 2004
  • Co-Investigator:   A Randomized Clinical Comparison of the Portex SoftSealTM  Laryngeal Mask and the Intavent UniqueTM Single Use Laryngeal Mask in Adult Patients Portex, Inc., 6/1/03 – 6/30/05
  • Co-Investigator:   A Comparison of the Traditional Macintosh Laryngoscope (VL) in the Traditional Macintosh Laryngoscope in Patients who May be Difficult to Intubate, 2003
  • Co-Investigator:   A Randomized, Double-Blind, Active Comparator-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study, Conducted Under In-House Conditions, to Examine the Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of 2 Doses of Aprepitant for the Prevention of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting,  7/1/05 – 7/31/06
  • Co-Investigator:   A Randomized Double-Blind, Active Comparator-Controlled, Parallel Group Study Conducted Under In-House Blinding Conditions, to Examine the Safety and Tolerability of IV MK-0517 for the Prevention of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV) Merck and Company, 7//1/05 – 7/31/06
  • Co-Investigator:   An Evaluation of the Rapid Airway (RAMP) in Obese Patients Undergoing Gastric Bypass or Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Surgery, IRB #HSC-MS-07-0067,  2/1/08 – 11/30/08

Selected Publications

  1. Hagberg C, Melnikov V, Cattano D, Wilson E, Conterars D, Lipowski Z:  Evaluation of the RAMP positioner in obese patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery.  Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 21:76-80, 2009.  
  2. Hagberg CA, Melnikov V, Wilson E, Luong K:  Evaluation of the RAMP positioner in obese patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery - A pilot study. Anesthesiology A426, 2008.
    Saggi BH, Mieles LA, Melnikov V, Pivalizza EG, Merhav HJ:  Caval anastomosis in liver transplantation: side-to-side cavo-cavostomy as an alternative approach.  Liver Transplantation 11: C-38 (#150), 2008.
  3. Pivalizza EG, Eisner C, Abramson S, Sharkey A, Melnikov V, Lam NC. Platelet dysfunction in liver transplant recipients. Anesth Analg 104: S14, 2007.
  4. Gebhard RE, Szmuk P, Pivalizza EG, Melnikov V, Vogt C, Warters RD:  The accuracy of electrocardiogram-controlled central line placement.   Anesth Analg 104:65-70, 2007.
  5. Pivalizza EG, Lappin J, Riha K, Merhav H, Melnikov V, Vogt C, Mielis L:    Intraoperative continuous veno-veno dialisis during liver transplantation. Liver Transplantation 11:C-10 (#39), 2005.
  6. Luehr SL, Pivalizza EG, Melnikov V, Gebhard R, Lipski I, Warters RD, Katz J:  A template for successful anesthesiology resident recruitment. Anesthesiology 101:A1349, 2004.  
  7. Gebhard RE, Pivalizza EG, Cerny JL, Melnikov V, Warters RD: Accuracy of CertofixÒ central venous catheter placement utilizing ecg-guided positioning with the CertodynÒ universal adapter. Anesthesiology 99:A1287, 2003.

Faculty Biography

Vladimir Melnikov, M.D.
  • Vladimir Melnikov, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
    6431 Fannin Street, MSB 5.020
    Houston, Texas 77030
  • e-mail: Vladimir.Melnikov@uth.tmc.edu