Sayed A. Shah, M.D.
"What I love about my job is the opportunity to solve complex medical problems that have baffled other doctors. Identifying symptoms, risk factors and emotional triggers can reveal what truly is at the heart of a patient’s health. This requires a careful analysis of factors that lead to the understanding of root causes. Once these causes have been addressed the issues are usually overcome. I look forward to working with you in order to find the best way to reach you and your family’s optimal health."
Sayed A. Shah
Dr. Sayed Shah grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. He attended and graduated St. Patrick’s High School in Karachi, then completed his premed studies from DJ Science College, Karachi. He received his Bachelor of Medical Sciences (MBBS) degree from DOW Medical College, Karachi in 1998.
In 2001, he started his residency in internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. In 2004, he finished his residency and moved to the Quad Cities to start his first job as a primary physician working for Community Healthcare in Moline, Illinois. In 2007, he started working as a full-time hospitalist, or physician whose primary focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients for Trinity Hospital in Rock Island, Illinois. He worked there until 2013 and then joined the Dubuque Internal Medicine Group as a full-time hospitalist from 2013 to 2014.
Soon after moving to the Quad Cities, Dr. Shah and his wife, Ambreen, found out their son Roshaan had autism. After the initial shock wore off, they started doing their own research and started utilizing functional medicine principles. They primarily manipulated Roshaan’s diet and used specific supplements, along with other related therapies. After rigorous work, they saw amazing changes in Roshaan. The success with Roshaan, along with his observations working in the hospital and clinics, led Dr. Shah to adjust his focus more towards integrative medicine. In his professional rounds, he saw that patients were just being treated symptomatically with no emphasis on prevention and lifestyle changes.
In 2014, Dr. Shah, Ambreen and his brother-in-law Farrakh Khawaja opened Mandala Integrative Medicine in Davenport, Iowa. In 2015, Farrakh’s wife Rumaisa, who is a life coach, joined the team. In 2018, Dr. Shah will have earned his fellowship in functional medicine through the University of Arizona Functional Medicine program.
Integrative medicine is personalized medicine dealing with the root causes of disease, instead of just treating symptoms. Dr. Shah will search for underlying triggers contributing to your health problems through cutting-edge lab testing, and he will create a customized protocol for your specific needs as a unique individual. The Wellness team at Mandala Integrative Medicine, in keeping with Dr. Shah’s philosophy, takes an individualized approach to assist each patient heal herself or himself.
Dr. Shah still works part-time as a hospitalist and is also the medical director of Premier Estate of Muscatine, a nursing home in Muscatine, Iowa. He strongly believes that for most of the acute and life-threatening problems, traditional Western medicine is the best. Dr. Shah is board certified in internal medicine.
Dr. Shah, Ambreen, Roshaan and Imaan, their daughter, live in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Dr. Shah Speaking at TEDx Davenport
Go with your Gut and say No to Addiction
More than 1 in 3 Americans were prescribed an opioid in 2015. Addiction has become an increasing health issue and is reaching epidemic levels. But what are the real reasons behind increasing addiction rates? Dr. Sayed Shah provides a new perspective of the science of addition and gut health, and how through behavior and diet changes can we tackle this formidable challenge. Dr. Sayed A. Shah is an integrative medicine expert. His personal journey started when his son was diagnosed with Autism. He has utilized research and practices in integrative medicine to help his son and others to overcome health challenges by treating underlying triggers and root causes of disease rather than just treating symptoms.