Donna Mendes, MD, FACS
Senior Vascular Surgeon
Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery- Columbia University College of Physicians
Donna M Mendes, MD is a nationally and internationally recognized vascular surgeon.
She is a 1977 graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons,
where she obtained her medical degree, and continuing her affiliation with Columbia,
was an intern and resident at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center where she has
been in practice since 1984. Deciding to become a vascular surgeon during the
very early stages of the shaping of that field, she completed her Vascular Surgery
fellowship at The Englewood Hospital with her mentor Dr. Herbert Dardik, who recently
awarded her "The Herbert Dardik Research & Education Award" for her contribution
to Healthcare for Women & Minorities.
Dr. Mendes was the first Chief of Vascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s from 1992-1998
where she strongly influenced several young residents at the time, received the
teacher of the year award from them several times, and stimulated many to choose
the field of vascular surgery. Dr. Mendes was also Chief of Vascular Surgery at
North General Hospital from 2002-2005, when it was an affiliated hospital of SLR.
She is the immediate past president of the Medical Board at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Hospital. Presently, she is a Senior Vascular attending at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Associate
Clinical Professor of Surgery at Columbia University.
Dr. Mendes is a member of the Society of Vascular Surgeons, and was chair of their
Diversity Committee for several years. As a member of the American Board of Surgery,
she was asked to be an oral examiner for the Vascular Qualifying exam, a distinct
honor. Her resume lists the numerous organizations she belongs to including the
American College of Surgeons, the Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery, the Society
of Black American Surgeons and the National Medical Association.
Dr. Mendes is on the Board of Directors of Hofstra University, her alma mater and
previously served on the Boards of the Association of Black Cardiologists, the Leukemia
& Lymphoma Foundation of NYC, and the American Red Cross of Bergen County. She recently
partnered with the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Bermuda and participated in
their Vascular Access Management Program from 2007-2009. She was also a participant
in the Upper Manhattan Health Initiative, a program developed by Representative
Charles Rangel which wanted to have Columbia University Medical Center, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s
Roosevelt, Mount Sinai and North General Hospitals work together for the well being
of the Upper Manhattan patient.
Dr. Mendes mentors young women interested in pursuing a career in surgery and has
received numerous letters requesting guidance, from as far away as Nigeria. As a
member of the Society of Black American Surgeons, she most recently has been asked
to help young pre-medical students with their decision making regarding lifestyle
as a surgeon.
Dr. Mendes is most recently focusing more attention on determining the reasons why
being an African American black is a risk factor for vascular disease while she
continues to teach her patients what they must do to avoid the complications of
Dr. Mendes is also nurturing a renewed interest in venous disease pathology and
treatment. Her personal website is www.theveincarespecialist.com.