It’s Personal: Cardiologist Takes Patient Care to Heart
From the mountains of Lebanon to the Mountain State, interventional cardiologist Wissam Gharib never lost sight of his dream to one day help save lives.
Dr. Gharib moved to Charleston, WV, with his family as a child, and now he’s fulfilling his life-long ambition as director of structural heart disease at Mon Health Heart and Vascular Center.
Practicing since 1998, medicine wasn’t Dr. Gharib’s first paying position. As a teenager, Dr. Gharib bagged groceries at the Poca grocery store.
After earning his medical degree from West Virginia University, he completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at WVU Medicine. He holds board certifications in cardiology and interventional cardiology.
“Although I wasn’t born here, I’ve called West Virginia my home for the majority of my life, and I want to care for the people who have also chosen to make this state their home,” Dr. Gharib said.
Q: Why did you want to become a doctor?
I wanted to have the biggest impact in the most personal way on patients’ lives.
Q: Why did you choose cardiology?
I like being able to diagnosis the disease and have the ability to treat and/or cure the disease. I am able to have a very large impact in saving high-risk patients and making a big difference in their outcome.
Q: What’s your quote, mantra or personal slogan you live by?
Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
Q: What piece of advice did someone give you when you were young that still resonates with you today?
Never forget where you came from. You must stay grounded and know what the end goal is.
Q: If you could be a character in a movie, which movie and why?
James Bond because that’s how smooth I am in the operating room and cath lab.
Q: What’s your favorite breakfast?
Eggs and Za’ater Manquoushe – a Lebanese staple
Q: What’s your most treasured possession?
A small vineyard in the mountains of Lebanon
Q: What couldn’t you live without?
Q: What song do you know all the words by heart?
“I did it my way” by Frank Sinatra.
Q: What was your first concert?
My first concert was seeing Bon Jovi.
Q: Do you have a special hobby/interest or way you like to give back/volunteer?
I enjoy doing missionary work and working with refugees and the underprivileged.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
My children and bringing world-class health care to North Central West Virginia.
Q: Why did you choose to come to Mon Health?
I wanted to be able to offer individualized care and spend as much time with patients as needed. I believe patient care should be unique to every patient in their particular situation and taking all things surrounding the patient into account. I think a patient has a right to see their physician, and the physician has the responsibility to see the patient.