Mellick T. Sykes, MD, MA (Anat.), FACS, is a Clinical Professor of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general surgery and vascular surgery and has nearly four decades of experience as a vascular surgeon.
After earning his undergraduate degree with honors from Princeton University in 1971, Dr. Sykes attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas at Austin for his pre-med studies. He obtained his medical degree at UTMB in 1976 where he was class president and an honors graduate. He went on to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC-SA) for his general surgery internship and residency.
After completing his internship in 1977, Dr. Sykes took a year for research in anatomy to earn his graduate degree in anatomy (1978) before completing his resident training in 1982. He went on to complete a vascular surgery fellowship at Vanderbilt University/St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1982-1983.
In his career, Dr. Sykes has worked in both private practice and academic practice. In private practice he served as Chief of Staff of Northeast Baptist Hospital and Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospitals, and on the Executive Board of both the Methodist and Baptist hospital systems. During his time as a full-time faculty member at UTHSC-SA, Dr. Sykes served as Professor and Division Chief of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery, and as Chairman of the Medical Faculty Assembly.
In 2014, Dr. Sykes took a sabbatical to serve as Editor of the Texas Surgical Society Centennial Book. During his sabbatical, he served as Visiting Scholar at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and maintained academic appointments at UTHSC-SA and UTMB.
Dr. Sykes has remained active with membership and committee responsibilities for numerous professional medical societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the Southern Association for Vascular. He has been President of the Texas Surgical Society, the JB Aust Surgical Society and the San Antonio Vascular Surgical Society. He has won several awards for his professional excellence, including being listed in Super Doctors®, Best Doctors in America, and the Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Surgical Society.
Dr. Sykes regularly attends medical meetings and workshops to maintain and further expand his skills as a high-level vascular surgeon. In addition, Dr. Sykes has authored 18 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and five book chapters in medical textbooks.
MD, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, Texas
University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio, Texas
Vascular Surgery, Vanderbilt University/St. Thomas University - Nashville, Tennessee
Endovascular Surgery, UMDNJ - Newark, NJ
Endovascular Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Science Center - Lubbock, Texas