Joseph Melendez-Davidson, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Dr Melendez-Davidson is a board certified and fellowship trained minimally invasive surgeon with subspecialty and concentration in bariatric surgery and hernia repair. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeon and a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He and his team of professionals take a multidisciplinary approach, where empathy and caring comes first, to solve medical problems including the surgical treatment of obesity and excess weight, complex hernias and reflux.
Dr Melendez-Davidson also focuses of diseases of the “foregut” or upper gastrointestinal tract. He is the Medical Director of the Memorial Heartburn and Anti-Reflux Program, where he provides a wide gamma of treatments for heart burn / reflux and hiatal hernias. He is one of few providers in South Florida to offer minimally invasive Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation for the treatment of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heart burn.
He is also a co-founder of the Memorial Hernia Program, where complex reconstructions of the abdominal wall are performed by him and his team with groundbreaking technologies and excellent results. Treatments for hernias are tailored to the individual patient, their goals and medical profile. The majority of the hernia repairs are performed laparoscopically, which becomes virtually scarless once healed, and expedites recovery.
Dr Melendez-Davidson began studies at the United States Air Force Academy were he served in the armed forces. He graduated from Colorado State University for his undergraduate degree, where he was member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. He graduated medical school from Ponce Health Sciences University, in his home state Puerto Rico. He completed internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Later continued training at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville. He completed his Surgery Residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), where he served as Chief Resident. He then completed further sub specialization in the field of minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery at Cleveland Clinic.