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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.

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.

Stephanie Mick, MD, is a cardiovascular surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Surgical Director of the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement program in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She is board-certified in cardiothoracic surgery.

Specialty interests: heart surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, mitral valve repair, percutaneous valve treatment

Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year. Of these, Dr. Mick performs approximately 350 surgeries per year.

Success rates: Among top U.S. hospitals for cardiac surgery, Cleveland Clinic?s volume is the highest with the best quality outcomes. You can view success rates for specific procedures at

Education and Training: After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University, Dr. Mick completed medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, where she was awarded the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award, given to the female medical student with the best graduating academic record.

She completed an internship and residency in general surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital ? Cornell in New York City, during which she won the Chief Residents? Award for Clinical Excellence. She then completed a three-year research post-doctoral fellowship with an interest in vascular biology at New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Mick returned to New York Presbyterian-Cornell to complete her chief residency in general surgery. She completed her subspecialty training in cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham and Women?s Hospital, Boston, MA, where she specialized in adult cardiac surgery. She joined Cleveland Clinic in 2011 as a clinical associate in cardiac surgery and was appointed to the full medical staff in 2012. She is the surgical director of the transcatheter aortic valve replacement program.

Publications, Speaking and Research: Dr. Mick has authored more than two dozen articles and editorials published in leading medical journals. She has been an invited presenter at meetings of the American Heart Association, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Western Thoracic Surgical Association and the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Dr. Mick is a member of the American Heart Association, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr. Mick is involved in several significant clinical research projects at Cleveland Clinic, including studies on alternative cardioplegia solutions, hybrid cardiac procedures and transcatheter valve therapies.

About Dr. Mick: I enjoy my field because it gives me the opportunity to make a big difference in people?s lives and to assist them in what is almost always a crisis -- to get them through that and support them through that in many ways.

Leisure activities: In her leisure time, Dr. Mick enjoys skiing, travel, music, and bike riding

Wael Jaber, MD, is a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. Dr. Jaber specializes in cardiac imaging (both nuclear cardiology and echocardiograpy) and valvular heart disease. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

A native of Lebanon, Dr. Jaber attended college at the American University in Beirut, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He then went on at the American University to receive his medical degree while making the Dean's honor list. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he also completed fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and nuclear cardiology.

Cleveland Clinic offered Dr. Jaber an advanced fellowship in cardiac imaging at the Cleveland Clinic, which he accepted. Dr. Jaber also has advanced training in interpretation of carotid ultrasound, clinical cardiovascular investigations and advanced echocardiography.

He was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic as a staff cardiologist in 2000. He currently heads the center for advanced ischemic heart disease. The center specializes in patients who have coronary artery disease and have been told that they have no local options for treatment.

Dr. Jaber is currently is the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Core Laboratory. In this capacity, he focuses on leading a team that provides accurate interpretation for echocardiograms, nuclear stress perfusion images and CT and MRI cardiac scans in the setting of clinical trials.

His clinical and research studies have focused on improving outcomes in acute myocardial infarction, especially patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome and heart failure. He is currently working on multiple clinical investigations in an attempt to integrate multiple cardiac imaging modalities to improve their diagnostic accuracy. He has presented his clinical and research findings at various national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Jaber has authored articles in leading professional and scientific publications including Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Heart Journal, International Journal of Cardiac Imaging and the American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography and the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Jaber has been an invited speaker at the annual meetings of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and European Society of Cardiology to name few.

He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the American College of Physicians and the American Heart Association. He was also listed as an Honored Member in America?s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, 2002-2007.