Svitlana (Lana) Smolenchuk, M.D., Ph.D., joined us on Sept. 1 as an assistant professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. She joins us from the University of New Mexico, where she completed anesthesiology residency this year and served as a chief resident.
Dr. Smolenchuk earned her medical degree from Luhansk State Medical University in Ukraine, where she also completed a residency in pediatrics and a doctoral degree in human anatomy. Her Ph.D. thesis was on skeletal morphogenesis in chronic hyperthermia.
Dr. Smolenchuk’s work experience includes serving as assistant professor in the Human Anatomy Department at the Luhansk State Medical University.
After her pediatrics residency, she also worked as an attending pediatrician and clinic deputy director at a children’s clinic in Crimea.
Her research experience includes studying the effect of propofol induction on global longitudinal strain of the left ventricle of the heart. She also completed a quality improvement project on OR to ICU handoffs. Dr. Smolenchuk has made numerous contributions to abstracts, presentations, and peer-reviewed publications, and she is a member of several professional societies.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her recently grown family, cooking desserts, and traveling.
Welcome, Dr. Smolenchuk!