Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Zeinab Saleh

Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Zeinab Saleh
 Zeinab Saleh, MD

Zeinab Saleh, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Saleh received her medical degree from Lebanese University in Fanar, Lebanon, and completed her residency and fellowship at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Saleh joined Michigan Medicine in 2016 and cares for patients at the Northville Health Center Rheumatology Clinic.

What are your clinical interests and how did you become interested in them?

I am primarily a clinician who is passionate about seeing patients in clinic and in the hospital. I believe that the special relationship between the rheumatologist and the patient is an important part of their treatment journey. Rheumatic diseases are chronic and lots of our patients become "part of us". I am particularly interested in doing ultrasound guided musculoskeletal (MSK) procedures such as tapping/injecting joints. During my fellowship, the field of MSK ultrasound was new and rheumatologists were just starting to use the ultrasound in clinic to help with diagnosis and to do some of their challenging procedures. This intrigued me and was a perfect challenge that made me pursue formal training in ultrasound.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I am usually in clinic, seeing patients. At the end of my work day, I answer my patients' messages and phone calls. Once a week, I work with a fellow in clinic which is an experience that I enjoy a lot. When our fellows graduate, it always makes me happy and proud to feel that I was part of their rheumatology learning journey.

What is one of your career goals?

Other than continuing my carrier as a clinician, I would like to run an MSK ultrasound/procedure clinic some time in the near future. I believe this will benefit our patients, as well as our fellows, who are interested in finetuning their procedure skills.

Why did you decide on a career in medicine?

I have always seen myself as a people person. I believe that each person has something to say and teach. I feel that practicing medicine offers the perfect opportunity of being close to people while helping them and making a difference in their lives.

What do you like to do when you're not working?

I have 2 adorable little kids, 2 and 3 years old. They keep me busy and happy. I enjoy exercising and going on nature walks with them and my husband.