Dr. Mehdi Shishehbor’s drive to be become a physician stems from losing his father at age 14 to a heart attack. Now an internationally known cardiologist, he says it’s an honor and privilege to change lives -- not just by surgery but by helping patients prevent heart attacks through changes to diet or quitting smoking.
Dr. Shishehbor recently joined University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute as co-chair of the Clinical Executive Committee, director of the Cardiovascular Interventional Center, and co-director of the Vascular Center. His area of expertise includes vascular medicine and minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures to reconstruct lower extremity arteries in order to treat critical limb ischemia and prevent amputation.
Prior to joining UH, he directed the Cleveland Clinic’s Endovascular Program for eight years and trained more than 40 interventional fellows and 400 physicians nationally on advanced techniques for limb salvage.
He has published on cardiovascular epidemiology and interventional cardiology outcomes and techniques in leading publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association andthe New England Journal of Medicine.
In addition to his CSU master’s degree in public health, he holds a doctorate in epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University and a Doctor of Osteopathy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.