Dr. Mehdi H. Shishehbor, DO, MPH, PhD, joined University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute in August 2017 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 such as angioplasty, stent grafts, stenting, atherectomy and intravascular ultrasound to treat coronary, carotid, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and peripheral arterial and venous diseases.
He is an expert on minimally invasive approaches to reconstruct lower extremity arteries in order to treat critical limb ischemia and prevent amputation. His work in this area has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. Prior to joining University Hospitals, Dr. Shishehbor directed the Endovascular Program at the Cleveland Clinic from 2009 to May 2017 and trained over 40 interventional fellows and over 400 physicians nationally on advanced techniques for limb salvage.
Dr. Shishehbor earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Florida International University, Miami, followed by a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He completed a Master’s degree in public health at Cleveland State University in 2004 and a doctorate in epidemiology at Case Western Reserve University in 2013.
Following completion of his DO degree, Dr. Shishehbor completed a one-year traditional internship at the Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, Fla. He became a resident in internal medicine in 2000 at Cleveland Clinic and was the first internal medicine resident to be granted the Crile Fellowship Award to support a year of basic research in the laboratory of Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD.