Zainab Mahmoud, MD, Inc.
4910 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite #102, Sherman Oaks
- Special Section
Dr. Zainab Mahmoud is a family physician and owner of a family practice focusing on adolescent and adult primary care. Her office provides a wide range of services from chronic disease management to women’s health and general examinations, as well as minor office procedures. Dr. Mahmoud has been in practice for almost nine years.
What or who inspired you to work in the field of health care?
“Growing up, I was greatly influenced by my father, who was an internist and a cardiologist. The concern he showed his patients and the dedication he had for their care was truly inspiring. He developed lasting friendships that continued into his retirement. That, coupled with my love of learning and finding answers and problem-solving, resulted in my choosing a career in medicine.”
What do you love about being a physician?
“What I like best about family medicine is the longitudinal relationships I am able to form with my patients—often having the privilege of caring for entire families, which provides me with a unique vantage point and allows me to tailor each patient’s medical care to suit their specific needs.”
Would you describe your approach as holistic?
“Yes. A great focus of mine is whole-person care and the mind-body connection. Modern medicine, while successful in treating mainstream illnesses, is still developing in the area of the mind’s effects on our feeling of wellness. We should acknowledge the variations of what wellness means to each patient and how to achieve it.”
Tell us about recent developments in your field.
“I think the most important development is the emerging role of normal levels of essential nutrients like vitamins in the state of wellness. We are also finding out that certain health conditions predispose a patient to low vitamin levels due to problems with extraction from the dietary intake and absorption.”
How do you give back and support those in need?
“I always try to give back to those in need and to teach my son the importance of kindness and helping those less fortunate.”
Tell us about your family.
“I share office space with my wonderful husband, Husam Elias, MD, who is also an extraordinary oral, maxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon and father. We have a beautiful, funny little boy, Nadir. I treasure the time I spend with my family when I am not working, and I am thankful for the support and love they give me.”