Meet our Speaker
Nicole D. Melendez, MD, FACR
Nicole Melendez received her MD from St Matthews University, completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Missouri- Columbia and her Rheumatology fellowship at Louisiana State University. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr Melendez has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area since 2009, working as a hospitalist, as well as in the ED but practicing strictly rheumatology since 2011. She has been working for BayCare since 2011 with an interest in inflammatory arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
She has been voluntary staff in the Rheumatology department at the University of South Florida since 2015 and has been active in clinical trials for the past several years. In addition to her love of rheumatology, Dr. Melendez also has an interest in nutrition and diet and it's ability to impact disease states and she is currently pursuing a certification in Culinary Medicine from Tulane University. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology as well as the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Melendez served as Medical Honoree at the Jingle Bell Run in Tampa in 2018 proudly supporting the mission of the Arthritis Foundation and the arthritis community.
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