William (James) Melvin

William (James) Melvin, MD

House Officer 7, General Surgery Residency


James is a general surgery resident at Michigan Medicine. Originally from Ohio, he completed his undergraduate education in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and then completed medical school at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. James’ research interests include immunology, epigenetics, and pathophysiology of vascular diseases. He is also interested in surgical device design and innovation of new therapeutics. He joined the lab of Dr. Katherine Gallagher full-time as a post-doctoral researcher in 2020 at the start of his academic development time (ADT).

His funding included a T32 training award in cardiovascular research and an F32 investigating the role of TLR4 and TGFβ signaling in diabetic wounds. He was awarded a grant from the Society of University Surgeons for his work on TGFβ signaling in diabetic wounds. He was also awarded the 2021 Society of Vascular Surgery Resident Research Award, a 2020-2021 Resident Research Award from the Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society, and a 2021 Vascular Surgery Lindenauer Research Award for his work on the pathophysiology of cytokine storm in diabetic patients with COVID-19.


  • Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University, 2013
  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2017