Meet the Doctor: Mohammad Al madani, MD
Mohammad Al madani, MD, is an interventional cardiologist at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. He sees patients at Einstein Cardiology offices on Tabor Road and Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia and on Township Line Road in Elkins Park. Dr. Al madani is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. He is board certified in interventional cardiology, general cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, vascular interpretation and internal medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention.
We spoke recently with Dr. Al madani about his career, his interests, and cardiology at Einstein Healthcare Network.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: I grew up in Jordan, and since middle school I had been inspired to become a doctor. It was a lifelong dream and goal I worked hard to achieve. My grandfather was a family doctor, one of the few doctors in the entire area in the 1950s and 1960s. My memories of him were towards the end of his life, when he fell ill, then passed away. Hundreds of his former patients came to his funeral and were truly saddened by his death. They spoke highly of him as a humane doctor who cared about his patients over any financial benefits. Some of his patients came from other cities and villages. He didn’t only treat them, he often hosted them in his house.
Being able to have such a deep positive impact, and to make a difference in other peoples’ lives, made me determined to work hard and do the same. To me, being a doctor always has been about the noble purpose of this field to save lives, relieve suffering, and improve quality of daily living.
Q: Tell us about your educational background.
A: In high school, I attended Jubilee School for Gifted and Talented Students in Amman, Jordan. Admission to this high school is based on a special IQ exam conducted nationwide during ninth grade. Only 100 students are admitted each year, and the school was directly funded and supervised by the late King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan. I graduated 13th in the national exams.
In 2006, I graduated top of my class from the College of Medicine at the University of Jordan, the oldest and most prestigious university in the country. The school was one of only two medical schools in the country at the time, making it very competitive to secure admission.
After doing a transitional year at the King Hussein Cancer Center in 2007, I did my internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. I then completed my interventional cardiology fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, N.J.
Q: Why did you choose your specialty?
A: The reason I chose interventional cardiology is that it combined an intellectual component, the “solving the mystery” aspect of medicine, with the ability to perform procedures. It is one of the few specialties where a single procedure could literally make the difference between life and death in the case of patients presenting with acute heart attacks.
Q: What are your clinical interests?
A: I have great interest in treating the types of blockages around the heart that usually cause chest pain and heart attacks, as well as treating blockages in the legs that can cause leg pain. I also have interest in research, as it is very critical in the advancement of medicine.
Q: What drew you to Einstein?
A: I chose Einstein because it has a group of very smart and enthusiastic individuals who are focused on high-quality, compassionate patient care. It has a great residency and fellowship program, great research opportunities, and provides all types of interventional cardiology procedures. We also put a strong focus on medical therapy and prevention by controlling risk factors such as high blood pressure.
Q: Why should people choose Einstein for their cardiovascular care?
A: Einstein has a cohesive cardiovascular team that includes general cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and heart failure specialists. We are able to take care of very complex patients thanks to the heart team approach. In addition, we provide our patients with all options and have the most advanced technology available.
Q: What are your interests outside of work?
A: I have two daughters and I enjoy taking care of them. They are 10 years and 10 months old. They are my princesses. I am a big sports fan, especially soccer, but enjoy all sports. I also like reading, watching movies and TV shows.
Q: What is your favorite sports team?
A: FC Barcelona (soccer)
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Lord of the Rings.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: The Sixth Sense was one of the earliest movies I watched. I remember it had a big twist. I enjoyed watching it the first time, and to this day I still enjoy it.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: I especially enjoy going the beach.
Q: Is there a person you’d particularly like to meet?
A: The person of all times (living or dead) I’d most like to meet would be Albert Einstein. Among those currently living, there are a few: Lionel Messi, a forward with FC Barcelona considered by many as the greatest soccer player of all time; also President Obama; President Biden; and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Q: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
A: I love binge watching movies and TV shows when I get the time. I still play soccer, usually as a striker. Also, I love to play video games, especially Tomb Raider and Resident Evil.
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