Dr. Fateh Entabi

Inventive Local Surgeon is an Active Community Member

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Dr. Fateh Entabi

Dr. Fateh Entabi and his family

Dr. Fateh Entabi and his family

Dr. Fateh Entabi and his family

Dr. Fateh Entabi and his family

Luke Black and David Pantoja

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If you have ever seen a tall, muscular man in a bright t-shirt or scrubs and sandals walking through town, you have observed a man with quite a story to tell! Fateh Entabi, M.D. is a busy general surgeon at Mee Memorial Hospital who divides his time with an active private practice in Tulare, California.

Born in Damascus, Syria, Dr. Entabi lived there until he was twenty-six years old and showed he had an interest in medicine early in life. Entabi states, “From the start of my life, I had always wanted to understand what was in the human body and how it worked.” Entabi also said that an additional motivation to pursue a medical career was that, “Every young person in Syria aspired to be a surgeon to avoid a life of poverty.” Entabi’s parents also taught him, “In life, you will either swim or sink.” Entabi’s choice was to “swim” toward being a surgeon.

He began pursuing his goal of becoming a surgeon by attending medical school in Syria and on many occasions, Entabi was allowed to observe surgeries while they were being performed on his family members. A very important inspiration arose when he was witnessing his cousin obtaining a surgery and the surgeon said to him, “You and I are the same, except you are younger.” Entabi proceeded to complete six years of medical school in Syria and three additional years to prepare for residency in the United States.

After Dr. Entabi immigrated to the United States, he studied medicine and trained in surgery for ten more years at Pittsburg and Harvard Universities. While at Harvard University, he met his future wife at a party in Boston. He later settled in Tulare, California with his family and started a private practice in general surgery. At first, Dr. Entabi said that his practice was quite slow because he was unknown and there were many private surgeons in the area.

At that time, Entabi received news that Mee Memorial Hospital in King City needed a general surgeon, so he decided to divide his time in King City and Tulare, working full-time every day of the week in both cities. After a few months, his private practice became quite busy and he began to perform dozens of surgeries a week, currently being on call every day of the week at any hour of the day.

As a general surgeon, Entabi performs many different surgical procedures including: skin cancer, gallbladder surgery, abdominal surgery, laparoscopy, colonoscopy and many others. When performing laparoscopies, he began to notice that he and many other surgeons frequently dropped their instruments, requiring them to be re-sterilized and slowing down the surgery.

In order to solve this problem, Entabi invented a laparoscopy instrument holder which improves the ability of a surgeon to perform a laparoscopy without any aids and protects the expensive instruments from being dropped and broken.

Besides keeping up his busy general surgical practice, Entabi was also concerned with the fact that over a million people die each year from kidney failure because the hospital-based hemodialysis procedure is so expensive. It costs approximately $20,000 for a patient to obtain hemodialysis treatment, which the majority of people with kidney failure cannot afford and requires hours of time spent at a hospital during treatment. Dr. Entabi developed a portable, inexpensive peritoneal dialysis machine which can be used at home.

Entabi’s goal is to provide an alternative to the outrageously expensive hemodialysis procedure and save lives. Dr. Entabi really goes above the call of duty!

In addition to being an active surgeon and inventor, Dr. Entabi is an active member of the local community. He says that he loves King City and the people who live here. Entabi supports the programs at Sol Treasures, attends local cultural events, and is an active member of the Rotary club.

Ultimately, Dr. Fateh Entabi is a unique, skilled, and creative local contributor to the King City community. As a skilled general surgeon, creative inventor, and involved community member, Dr. Entabi contributes to the vitality and diversity of our unique little community. All can be inspired by Dr. Entabi’s final recommendation: “If all you are working for is making money, then you will not be as motivated as you would be if you have a real passion that you love.”