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Dr. Mahmud’s Memorial


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved physician, Dr. Khalid Mahmud.


His life’s passion was helping people. He did so brilliantly with his characteristic compassion, grace, wisdom, and clever sense of humor. He was a beloved and respected doctor, friend, and mentor. Our “Dr. M” was truly one of a kind and will be deeply missed by his family, patients and colleagues near and far.

Dr. Mahmud willingly shared his passion through publishing his research, writing books, holding seminars and even doing the occasional television interview. Dr. Mahmud was devoted to medical science and the care of his patients was the cornerstone of his career. It was that passion that led Dr. Richard Sinda to Dr. Mahmud, three years ago. The two developed a strong bond over pushing standard of care medical boundaries and developing care that is unique to each individual patient. It is with great pride that Dr. Sinda, along with Lisa, Sarah, and Lindsey, carry on Dr. Mahmud’s legacy and passion for patient care.

We know that Dr. Mahmud is smiling down on all of us with that charismatic twinkle in his eye.


The Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 29th from 5 – 8pm and Memorial Service at 11am Thursday, October 30th at Washburn McReavy Funeral Chapel in Edina.

Read Dr. Mahmud’s Obituary Notice

Washburn McReavy Funeral Chapel
5000 West 50th Street (at Highway 100)
Edina, MN 55436
(952) 920-3996


Dr. Mahmud touched so many lives, please share your special stories with all of us. These memories will be complied into a book for Dr. Mahmud’s family.

35 thoughts on “Dr. Mahmud Memorial

  1. Rachel Anderson says:

    Dr. “M” as I always called you. You were on of the most proud mentors I knew. Having the pleasure to be a part of a Innovative Directions in Health really patched my career. I looked at us like a little family. You have touched so many and have helped open up the eyes of so many on how truly to live mind body and soul. You will always be in my thought. My prayers of comfort go out to Marilyn and the boys and also Lisa and the clinic.

    Thank you for being a part of my life!!!! I am truly sad to lose you!

    Love Rachel

  2. I will surely miss Dr. Mahmud. He was truly an inspiration to me and taught me so much about my health. I will miss my visits with him and his sense of humor. God bless you, Dr. Mahmud, for all the help you have given to me and the rest of your patients. RIP.

  3. Sandy Elling says:

    Dr. Mahmud was one of the kindest and most approachable human beings I have ever met. His wisdom, humor and compassion helped me learn the importance of taking good care of myself by understanding the complex chemistry of hormone balance, all while adding his own flare of facial expressions and laughter in the process!

    I will be forever grateful to Dr. Mahmud. He had a profound impact on so many and will be dearly missed.


    Sandy Elling

  4. Bonnie Kass says:

    Dr. Mahmud was a pioneer in the field of bio-identical hormone therapy. His professionalism, expertise, continuous research contributions, passion, and compassion endeared him to his patients. His sudden passing did not allow his patients to express their heartfelt thanks for helping them live much happier and healthier lives. He will be sorely missed.

  5. Linda St. John says:

    I am stunned and greatly saddened to learn that Dr. Mahmud is no longer with us. I began going to him in 2008 and his care had a major impact on my health and life. I owe him a great debt. I extend my sympathy to his family and staff. He was a pioneer and I was privileged and very fortunate to have had him as my doctor. I had counted on having him a lot longer. What a tremendous loss.

  6. Nancy Ann Fritzke says:

    I actually was a patient of Dr. Sinda, but knew of Dr. Mahmud through his incredible efforts particularly in the fight against breast cancer. He took on the traditional medical establishment with dignity and high intelligence. He focused on the importance of nutrition and supplements supporting preventative medicine. He was a leader in his efforts and should be emulated by all doctors. All of you as family members and friends should be very proud of him. I wish all of you love and strength during this time in honoring his memory.

  7. Lisa says:

    I will miss you so much Dr. M! Always in my heart, Leese

  8. Barbara Rudquist says:

    Good, kind, intelligent, compassionate Dr. Mahmoud. Thank you for helping me to be healthy. Rest in peace, dear Doctor.


  9. Deborah says:

    I am so glad to have been able to meet and discuss my medical care with Dr Mahmud. He was such a pioneer in his field. He has helped so many people through his work and research. Dr Mahmud was willing to challenge the status quo and researched prevention of illnesses in the safest manner possible. We all benefit from this. What an incredible lifetime of accomplishments. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.

  10. Tracy Cushman says:

    I am so grateful to have had Dr. Mahmud as my doctor & partner in health. His wisdom was priceless & went way beyond the scope of so many other doctors out there. He will be truly missed.

  11. Douglas Brown says:

    I found Dr. Mahmud and the staff he assembled to work with him to be a unique group of medical professionals. Dr. Mahmud saw a patient as an individual with individual problems, and he made the effort to arrive at what worked for that patient. What he found for me worked for me and made my life better.

    I am very sorry indeed to hear of his passing.

  12. Maggie Gallagher says:

    I am so sad to hear the news of his passing. He was my confidant and healer over the past several years. I was so impressed by his wisdom and kindness and he will be missed. My heart goes out to his family who will truly feel the loss.

  13. Mary Frost says:

    I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of Dr. Mahmud’s death. He was the kindest and most compassionate doctor that I have ever met – as I am a nurse, that says a lot! His wisdom, his interest in and concern about each individual, his genuine kindness – all those attributes and so much more made him a port in the storm each and every time I would see him. He made a huge difference in the lives of so many, including mine. I will miss him greatly and extend my deepest condolences to his family and staff. We have all lost a truly great human being and one who will be remembered always.

  14. Donna Kennedy says:

    My heart aches on hearing of the passing of Dr. Mahmud. I was already in my 70 when I became a patient. He was so gracious and concerned when I relayed my aging complaints and reassured me that he thought he could help and the measures we took helped tremendously. Even though I didn’t see him very often, living in North Dakota, I will truly miss him.

  15. Amy Hanson says:

    Sad, sad, sad! It was such a comfort to find a doctor like Dr. Mahmud. He got it and he was definitely before his time in medicine! What a loss for medicine and I can only imagine for his loved ones!

  16. Mae Sylvester says:

    Dr. Mahmud took me on at age 71 and has me going strong at age 74! I am very grateful that he appeared in my life, and for his gentle, scientifically-grounded but cutting-edge care. I know that without his care, I would not have the energy and vitality that I enjoy today. In addition to the benefits of his medically advanced practice, I looked forward to our warm and stimulating conversations during my appointments. Dr. Mahmud was a lovely human being and a gift to my life, as to so many other lives, I know.

    My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  17. Although I am doctor Sinda’s patient, I wanted to extend my deepest sympathy. Dr. Mahmud was a brilliant doctor. May god give you grace at this sad time. Debra Schmidt

  18. Len says:

    After two heart attacks, and very close to the third one, I met Dr. M. Within six months, I had the energy of a 30 year old (at 54), my attention span was increased, and I started enjoying life again. I am indebted to him and his science. He was a great man, very compassionate, and the most determined man I have ever met. I will miss him, but I will continue on with his recommended plan. My condolences to his family, and all of the people at Innovative Health.

  19. Robyn E says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Dr. Mahmud’s passing. He was a caring Dr. and really took the time to sit and listen to all of his patient’s concerns. So many Doctors these days don’t have the time or inclination to do that. He will be sorely missed, and my sympathy goes out to the Staff of IDIH, his family, friends and other patients. Godspeed Dr. M!

  20. Deb Bolin says:

    Dr. Mahmud was a wonderful caring man with a wealth of knowledge who truly cared about prevention of illness. He always genuinely listened to his patients and wanted to make their lives better. He believed in the holistic way which we all appreciated and benefited from. I learned so much from him and he will be deeply missed. I will continue to live by his healthy standards. My sympathy goes out to his family and all the staff at IDIH. I know Lisa was just like family to him and worked for him a very long time.

  21. Linda Delagardelle says:

    God bless you Dr Mahmud for following your calling, you have helped so many people live healthier, more productive lives. Deepest sympathies to his family.

    You will be greatly missed,

  22. Debbie Eppen says:

    I was so sad to hear about Dr. Mahmud. I started seeing Dr. Mahmud four years ago. He was so caring, patient and made me feel special, as I’m sure he did for all his patients. His guidance and care have changed my life. I will be forever indebted to him. My sincere sympathies to his family and the staff at Innovative Directions.

  23. Diane Weber says:

    Im so sorry to hear about Dr Mahmud. My husband and I are so thankful for his wonderful care and for introducing me to the bio identical hormones. It has enriched our lives immensely! I admire his courage and devotion to promote this type of health care, which unfortunately is not accepted by all medical professionals. Thanks to everyone at IDIH, and my deepest sympathies to you all.

  24. Terry Gustafson says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about Dr. Mahmud’s passing. My heart goes out to all of his family and friends. He was kind, compassionate and caring. He will be missed by all of us.

  25. Karen Harris says:

    I honor Dr. Mahmud for saving me! I saw him first on a Ch. 11 Sat. show when I was at my lowest…..made an appt….went on the bio identical hormones and I was myself again! AND I learned so very much from him. I found him couragous to go against the norm that most doctors preach. He even prepared me to go to my own Internest as to why I was going to stay on these hormones. He truly cared for what women go through…wanting a quality of life! WIthout his research and knowledge and innovations I think many woman would be in a different place. THANK YOU Dr. Mahmud for your kindness, caring heart, and passing this on to others. You TRULY made a wonderful mark in this world and will be greatly missed! My deepest sympathies to your family and your staff…..

  26. Bruce& Carol Anderson says:

    Few of us have the honor of impacting a person’s life in a transformational way. Dr. Mahmoud had such an impact on our daughter Rachel Anderson and as parents we are thankful.
    Through Dr. Mahmud’s amazing mentorhip, she is now established in a meaningful career.
    Dr. Mahmoud was an wonderful man of intellect, skill and compassion.
    Our family like so many others were blessed and fortunate to have him impact our lives.

  27. Geri Jones says:

    I am so deeply moved by Dr. M’s passing. He was my hero, my mentor, and my friend. The respect I have for him is immeasurable. To this day, I consider him my greatest mentor and I am truly, truly blessed he allowed me into his world. As a man of medicine and science, his work was top-notch and he continued to strive to make true, meaningful contributions to his field and to help men and women find and maintain their path to health and wellness. He was an avid reader and researcher and wouldn’t recommend or integrate something into his practice until he was certain of its safety and health benefits. His published work was ahead of its time and his commitment to changing medicine and challenging traditional, out-dated ways in our country was unprecedented. I share his work with my colleagues and patients, alike, each and every day. His vision will remain through those of us he touched so profoundly.

    In addition to his great intellectual gifts, he was also the kindest, most gentle, thoughtful human being I knew. He had a big spirit and loved to laugh. I think often, about his goofy sense of humor and how he liked to tell jokes – he always used to tell jokes, changing his voice to match those of the characters in the joke – quite charming coming from him, and something so endearing that only he could get away with! He loved to go to Good Earth with “his girls” and we’d spend a little bit of the afternoon planning grandiose new ideas for the clinic or his new invention ideas and just laughing and sharing in each others’ company. He loved his family the most and was so proud of each of them, and spoke of them all often.

    He will leave a huge void in the lives of those who knew him – whether professionally or personally – and he will be greatly missed. But his legacy shall continue through all of us and his children and grandchildren. We are all better for knowing him. My love to you all as you go through the loss and then healing of losing the beautiful Dr. M. xoxo

  28. Lou Ann Perschau says:

    My sympathies to Dr. Mahmud’s wife and family and to all of his office staff….especially Lisa, because I know you had worked so closely and so long with him. People come in and out of our lives for different reasons and my life was blessed the day that I met Dr. Mahmud 8 years ago. He was a man of knowledge, intellect, passion and care. He has made such a difference in my life by putting me on the bio-identical hormones. He truly cared about women’s health and I agree that his legacy will continue with Dr. Sinda and the wonderful staff at Innovative Directions. Blessings to all of you.

  29. Cheryl Salamanca says:

    I just attended a very beautiful memorial service this morning for one of the most caring, kind, and compassionate doctor that I have ever met. He has been my doctor for the last five years. I first met him 35 years ago when I worked at North Memorial Medical Center as a medical secretary. I quit my job at NMMC 32 years ago when my son was born. Dr. Mahmud back then encouraged me to be a stay at home Mom when the baby was born. He was a mentor to me then as well as now. I was watching KARE 11 Saturday about 5-6 years ago and walked away from the television and came back and heard this familiar voice.

    The following summer I set up a consultation with Dr. Mahmud. I am so happy that I did. I am feeling so much better with the health plan that he made for me. He still had that wonderful sense of humor and that twinkle in his eye that he had 30 years ago. As the saying goes, some people come into your life for a reason and then they leave for awhile and come back into your life again”. I believe that Dr. Mahmud was put on this earth to be a doctor. I believe people are put on this earth to do certain things and Dr. Mahmud was here to be a kind, caring and compassionate physician who loved taking care of people and making them feel better. I believe that was what he was put on this earth to do. He touched so many people in so many different ways.

    My sympathies go out to Dr. Mahmud’s family and to the Staff at Innovative Directions in Health. I noticed today so much love and such a beautiful family that I know he was very proud of. Two summers ago we had a conversation about children getting married because my son was getting married 3 weeks after my appointment. Dr. Mahmud and I had a conversation about sacrificing for our children. I have the same beliefs regarding that as Dr. Mahmud did. Dr. Mahmud was happy that my son and daughter in law were getting married on a golf course. The last appointment I had with Dr. Mahmud was in January of 2014. I told him that my husband and I were going on a trip to Spain. He looked at me and said, “I have traveled all over the world, but I have never been there. When I see you next tell me about it and if you liked it, I will probably visit there.” I never was able to tell him about Spain. It was a trip of a lifetime for my husband and I.

    Dr. Mahmud took such good care of us. May he rest in Peace and fly with the Angels. When I look up into the night sky and see a star twinkle, I will think of you, Dr. Mahmud. May God Bless you Mrs. Mahmud and those beautiful children and grandchildren. We all have to make sure that Dr. Mahmud’s life’s work and passion continues.

  30. Jennifer McCall Seidl says:

    Dear Marilyn, Shawn, Jeff, and Adam,
    Dr. Mahmud was truly an amazing person, radiating wisdom, joy, and compassion. I reflect on my time with him at Innovative Directions in Health often and am honored that I was able to be a part of his legacy. When I made the difficult decision to leave his practice and pursue a career in veterinary medicine, I received his full support (even though he cautioned me I might have to work with snakes)! Dr. Mahmud has positively influenced many lives, mine included. I will miss his smile, his general good nature, and his guidance. Each day I worked with him, I was able to see it on his face or hear it in his voice how deeply he loved his family. My heart goes out to you on the loss of your beloved husband and father.

  31. Judy Kaczmarek says:

    Dr. Mahmud was a true visionary, and his contribution to the world is immense, and will continue to live on through all of his patients. He died way too early, while doing his life’s work, never resting. He has positively impacted the health of many as well as the quality of lives of their families through his research, knowledge and leadership. We were truly blessed to have him in our lives.

  32. Nancy Johnson says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family and to the staff at Innovative Directions especially to Lisa. My heart is broken to know he left us too soon. He was a very kind, caring, innovative and progressive doctor and I respected him so much. I remember him from North Memorial and for a short time worked at Carevan with him. I trusted his knowledge, judgement and his wisdom. He was my doctor and I was proud of that. He wanted to make a difference and he did…..goodbye for now………love and prayers

  33. Sallyanne Emmerson says:

    It’s so hard to believe that Dr Mahmud has left this world, too soon, but he will always be with us in Spirit.
    The first time I saw Dr Mahmud was on T.V! I was interested in what he was talking about, I quickly wrote down the phone number and made an appointment . when I was actually sitting across from him in his office I felt like a celebrity myself!
    I always enjoyed my visits with him, I am from England so we both understood what it was like to live away from home, he told me that when he returned home to Pakistan after five years of being away, that his poor Mother was beside herself, I could tell that this had genuinely affected him, I understood.
    He also told me a little story about his adventure.. In London, going there to work, he couldn’t find where he was supposed to go, so he basically turned around and flew back to the U.S.A.
    The last time I spoke to him he scolded me for not getting my Mammogram, he made me promise that I would get one soon, I did, so thank you.. All is well!
    My condolences go out to all his Family, Friends, Lisa,and all the staff.
    Dr Mahmud was a great Doctor, and a lovely Man, he will be missed by all.

  34. I just know saw this and I write this condolanc from the bottom of my heart. IT was an honor and a pleasure working with Dr. Mahmud and helping to promote his brilliant book. THE BEST book ever to this day that tell you how to PREVENT cancer. Keeping Abreast: Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer.

    We lost touch when I left the publishing house, but I still to date would refer friends, colleagues and whoever needed advice to this website and Dr. Mahmud’s book. I wish there was more I could have done and I wish I had known about his passing so much sooner. I have a colleague who is going thru cancer recovery here in Los Angeles and was looking into moving twds alternative healing. I was going to have her contact Dr. Mahmud and I went to this site again to reference something for her and found this page. I am beside myself because Dr. Mahmud made an impact and I truly wanted to do whatever I could to promote his cause! I am glad his practice expanded and his legacy is continuing. Hats off to Lisa for managing his office well and my deepest sympathies to the entire Mahmud family, colleagues and friends. You will be truly missed by all. What a one of kind, stand up guy! More physicans need to FOLLOW his lead! Best, Miranda Spigener-Sapon, Former Publciist for Dr. Khalid Mahmud and his book Keeping aBreast

    1. Innovative Directions in Health says:

      Thank you Miranda. We appreciate all of the events you set up to help us get the word out about breast cancer prevention. Dr. Mahmud’s passion for helping people and breaking through medical barriers is long lasting!

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