Dr. Mohamad Saab
Dr. Mohamad Saab knows what it’s like to endure hardship. He and his parents and four siblings immigrated to the United States from his homeland of war-torn Lebanon with little more than the clothes on their backs.
“I was 17 at the time,” he remembers, “and opportunities where I grew up were very limited. Though my parents were not educated with high degrees themselves, they placed a great value on education, and hence the move. Our parents sacrificed everything so that we had the chance to excel.”
The family settled in Michigan, where Saab attended Henry Ford Community College while working in a restaurant seven days a week in order to cover tuition and help with family expenses.
“During the first three years I lived in the States, I never had a day off,” he recalls.
He eventually transferred to the University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus, where he earned undergraduate degrees in biology with a minor in psychology. He then earned his medical degree from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Saab practices what he preaches when it comes to maintaining health, as he works out with an emphasis not only on cardiovascular fitness, but resistance training to maintain and build muscle mass. He combines that with an appreciation for medically approved fasting that can help people who are battling diabetes, hypertension and other maladies.
Too many people, he observes, “want the easy way out” with only pills and medications in play, where in fact they are better served by a well rounded approach that also considers exercise as a core ingredient in maintaining their health.
As an interventional cardiologist, Saab is qualified to do especially invasive procedures, and he was drawn to ACV because of its reputation as a cutting-edge practice with an international reputation for excellence.
“I appreciate their mission, and what they’re trying to accomplish, which is to raise awareness not just about heart disease, but circulation problems in your legs,” he says. “In this day and age of modern technology, to hear about people having their legs amputated is just disheartening.
“Once you lose your leg, it can be a spiral into oblivion. You’re not as active, you can become depressed, and you’re exposed to more serious symptoms. If you save the leg, you give the patient ownership and help them live a longer and better-quality life both physically and psychologically.”
He serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In his spare time, Saab enjoys traveling, including trips across the state to visit his family in the Detroit area.