Melany Hughes, MD, MPH

Dr. Melany Hughes completed her M.D. and General Surgery training at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. She received her MPH in Global Health from Tulane University. She then undertook a research position with the World Health Organization’s Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters in Belgium. Her work focused on disaster-related trauma and injury patterns; with contributions to several multi-national collaborative projects. Upon returning to the US, she joined the U.S. Indian Health Service; providing surgical and medical care to the Hopi and Navajo Nations in AZ. She then spent several years as a private practice surgeon with Hafa Adai Specialist Group in Guam, USA. Dr. Hughes strives to practice “socially-conscious” general surgery and is currently employed as Vice Chair and Chief of Surgery at Stony Brook Eastern Long island Hospital.

“I feel that human health, well-being, & disease outcomes are inexorably impacted by the environment and access (or lack thereof) to resources. Health, longevity, and disease outcomes should not be solely reflective of personal wealth. There are so many ‘cures’ for diseases, simple surgical procedures, and health maintenance practices that never reach the most needy of such interventions. I want to do my part to help provide that access.”