Dr. Mehdi H. Shishehbor is the Director of Endovascular Services in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. 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 and nationally.
Dr. Shishehbor earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Florida International University, Miami followed by a Doctor of Osteopathy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. 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 Stanely Hazen, MD, PhD.
Dr. Shishehbor became a clinical fellow in cardiovascular medicine in 2004 and in interventional cardiology in 2007. After completing his interventional cardiology fellowship Dr. Shishehbor was awarded a sabbatical to train in carotid and aortic endovascular therapy under the mentorship of Bruce Gray, DO, of Greenville, SC, and Michael Bacharach, MD, with the North Central Heart Institute, Sioux Falls, SD. He joins the Cleveland Clinic medical staff upon completion of this fellowship.
Pursuing his interest in the epidemiology and treatment of cardiovascular disease, Dr. Shishehbor became the first Cleveland Clinic fellow to be awarded the National Institutes of Health KL-2 award. As a National Institutes of Health scholar, Dr. Shishehbor has a joint appointment at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic. He is a respected researcher in cardiovascular medicine and has won a number of awards at international and national meetings, including being a research finalist at the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association Young Investigator Award competitions. In 2008 he was named the winner of the prestigious Thomas J. Linnemeier Spirit of Interventional Cardiology Young Investigator award.
Dr. Shishehbor is widely published on cardiovascular epidemiology, interventional cardiology outcomes, and techniques in leading journals such as the Journal of American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation. He also is the author of a number of textbook chapters, co-author of a book on coronary intensive care and a manuscript reviewer for several prestigious medical publications, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, and Archives of Internal Medicine.
As a leader in CLI and limb salvage education and chair of the Masters’ Approach to Critical Limb Ischemia (MAC) Sympoisum, Dr. Shishehbor has created an online community with educational videos, interactive discussion, and more. Visit http://www.ccfcme.org/CLIcommunity to
Dr. Shishehbor’s research interests include clinical outcomes in interventional cardiology, carotid and endovascular interventions. He has a special interest in novel minimally invasive percutaneous approaches to treat cardiac, venous, and arterial diseases.
He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology. Dr. Shishehbor is highly involved in family life with his wife and his two children. He was born in Iran, and his wife is from Colombia. He speaks Persian (Farsi) and conversational Spanish. He enjoys cooking, soccer, and Persian poetry.