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Dr. Donna M. Mendes

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Medical Professor
Vascular Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Love That.

Birthplace

Born:
10/25/1951
Birth Location:
Oceanside, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Medical Professor
Vascular Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Love That.

Birthplace

Born:
10/25/1951
Birth Location:
Oceanside
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Biography

Medical professor and vascular surgeon Dr. Donna M. Mendes was born to Benjamin and Bernice Mendes on October 25, 1951. The second of three children raised in Oceanside, New York, Mendes attended Hofstra University in New York in 1969. With the help of her parents and Hofstra University counselor, Beatryce Nivens, Mendes became a pre-med major and graduated from Hofstra University in 1973 with her B.A. in biology.

In 1973, Mendes enrolled in Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Mendes chose to study peripheral vascular surgery, which is the treatment of the vessels that branch out of the heart. Mendes graduated the following year and became an intern at St. Luke’s Hospital and a visiting clinical fellow at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She became a resident at St. Luke’s in 1978, and a surgical resident two years later.

In 1981, Mendes was promoted to surgical chief resident at St. Luke’s Hospital, and served as a fellow in vascular surgery at Englewood Hospital in 1982. After completing her vascular surgery fellowship, Mendes returned to St. Luke’s Hospital and became an instructor in clinical surgery at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

In 1986, Mendes married her husband, Ronald LaMotte, and became the first African American female vascular surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery. Mendes’ clinical research has focused on the effects of race on vascular disease, and she seeks to discover why peripheral arterial disease (blockages of blood vessels away from the heart) seems to impact African American patients more frequenctly, and with greater severity.

In 1990, Mendes became assistant clinical professor of surgery at Columbia University. She was hired as the chief of St. Luke’s Hospital’s Division of Vascular Surgery in 1993. Five years later, Mendes had become the senior attending surgeon in the Department of Surgery at St. Luke’s, and was hired as the attending vascular surgeon at the Department of Surgery Lenox Hill Hospital in 1999.

Mendes lives in Englewood, New Jersey, with her husband.

Donna M. Mendes was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 28, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Donna M. Mendes' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes recalls celebrating the holidays
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her father's career and hobbies
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes recounts her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her early racial identity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about her experiences in school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about notable individuals from Roosevelt, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes recalls the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her decision to pursue premed at Hofstra University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes being encouraged to attend medical school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes recalls her first autopsy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her classmates at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her experience at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City in the late 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about her decision to pursue a surgical internship at St. Luke's Hospital
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes discusses the predominance of men in the surgical field
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her fellowship at Englewood Hospital
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes opening her own practice after the completion of her fellowship at Englewood Hospital
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about her mentor, Dr. Dardik
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes reflects upon her role as the first African American woman certified vascular surgeon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her marriage to her husband, Ronald LaMotte
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her certification by the American Board of Surgery
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her challenges as an African American female doctor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her specialty in limb salvage surgery
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about the risk factors for amputation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about the prevalence of heart disease in black women
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her own research into vascular disease
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about racial discrimination in healthcare
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about her patient relationships
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes recalls being named the Teacher of the Year
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes the medical advancements she witnessed
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about her mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes the diversity council at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes recalls her health outreach work with Maya Angelou
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her health advice for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about the importance of mentorship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes reflects upon the role of women in the surgical field
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her goals and how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes talks about her involvement with The Links, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes describes her youth education program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Donna M. Mendes reflects upon her life