Dr. Iva Smolens
Board-certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon Iva Smolens, MD, serves as medical director of the Women's Heart Center at Banner Heart Hospital.
A surgeon, mother and surviving daughter of a parent who died of heart disease very young, Dr. Smolens understands heart disease firsthand. She is determined to educate future generations, like her daughter Jordyn, about the importance of living heart healthy lives.
Dr. Smolens is a partner with Red Mountain Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Chandler, Ariz., and serves on the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors for the Phoenix metropolitan area.
She earned a master’s degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and a doctor of medicine degree from State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn.
Her post-doctoral training included a variety of leadership positions and fellowships, including serving as chief surgery resident at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif.
Dr. Smolens is widely published in a variety of mediums, including books, trade journals and presentations to professional associations.