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The American: Jihad Mustapha, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Updated: Feb 6

Dr. Jihad Mustapha is a board-certified interventional cardiologist who specializes in endovascular revascularization of PVD, specifically Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). He is co-founder and CEO of Advanced Cardiac and Vascular Amputation Prevention Centers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He graduated from Wayne State University and St. George University School of Medicine and has completed Fellowships in both Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Dr. Mustapha is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention. He serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Mustapha speaks internationally on the topic of CLI, alternative access, atherectomy, vessel morphology, calcification and drug-eluting technology. He has multiple publications on CLI and limb salvage. Dr. Mustapha is the Founder and Director of the AMPutation Prevention Symposium and is a Founding Board Member of the CLI Global Society.

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At 15-years old, Jihad Mustapha fled to the United States from his home country of Lebanon to escape the civil war that would eventually claim 120,000 lives and displace thousands. He landed at New York’s JFK Airport with just $80 in his pocket and a change of clothes; he didn’t speak a word of English. With the assistance of some french travelers, he made contact with his sister and brother-in-law and started working for him the next day selling umbrellas on a street corner. Jihad lived with his sister and enrolled in night school to learn English. After a few months, his brother Nabil joined him in New York, and the two of them moved to Dearborn, MI where other relatives had settled in a large Middle Eastern population. He got a job cleaning the bathrooms at Big Boy and enrolled in a community college with an eye toward studying physics. After his brother was murdered during a hold-up of the garage where he worked, Jihad began studying medicine to fulfill his brother’s dream of becoming a doctor.

Dr. Mustapha’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Ambition is key to any type of success.

Number 2: Perseverance: Never give up, no matter what comes your way.

Number 3: Complacency. Don’t take the opportunities you have for granted; guard against complacency by working hard.

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Notable quotes from Dr. Mustapha’s interview:

[My parents said] we think the name “Jihad” is perfect for him because we’re struggling to survive. And the interesting part is struggling to survive, sacrifice for others, this is actually the kind of things the word “Jihad” means.
I’ve never been sad in my life, despite everything I went through until [my brother] died. And then I learned what sadnesses and kind of and then I learned something called compartmentalization.
No other country in the world can offer someone the opportunity that I received. I mean, you talk about the American dream, this is the American dream. I mean, nowhere else in the world could I have achieved this.
I was like a bulldozer, you know, I wasn’t letting anything stand in my way. So every obstacle I got, I used it as an opportunity to learn how can I get around it? Because time is of the essence for me and I needed to get to that goal.
What is the closest thing to math and physics? Cardiology was the one that is close to it, so I went into that.
You could be in the right place at the right time. If you’re not working hard, you’re not prepared.

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