Mr. Sabel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in orthotics and prosthetics from New York University in 1967.
Mr. Sabel was founder and president of Capital Orthopedics from 1968 to 1986 where he was a practicing certified prosthetist and orthotist. He had relationships with the National Institutes of Health, was on the faculty as an adjunct professor of orthopedics at Georgetown University and a clinical instructor in the prosthetic and orthotic program at New York University. Mr. Sabel co-authored numerous studies in the prosthetic field in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health. Hanger Orthopedic Group acquired Mr. Sabel’s company in 1986 and he became the Vice President of Corporate Development. The following year he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer and in 1995, was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In February 2008, Mr. Sabel retired as Chief Executive Officer and has served as the Chairman of Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. (NYSE:HGR) until May 2013. Mr. Sabel led Hanger’s growth from $1.25 million in 1986 to over $1 billion today. Mr. Sabel is the Founder and Chairman of the Hanger – Ivan R. Sabel Foundation, a non-profit entity that provides prosthetic and orthotic services to people in need around the world. The Foundation currently has a major presence in Haiti following the disaster earthquake in January, 2010. Mr. Sabel serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Children’s Hospital – Washington, DC, Physician’s for Peace and is the Chairman of New York University Steinhardt Dean’s Council. In April 2012, Mr. Sabel joined Frazier Healthcare Ventures as an operating partner and following the acquisition of Orthotic Holdings, Inc., he was appointed chief executive officer.