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Lindsey Gakenheimer-Smith

Lindsey Gakenheimer-Smith, MD

  • About Me

    Undergraduate: University of Michigan - B.S.

    Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School - M.D.

    Residency: University of Utah

    Medical Areas of Interest - Electrophysiology, Global health

    Interests & Hobbies - Running, especially the thousands of miles of trails in Utah! Skiing, camping, mountain biking, enjoying a good book in my hammock

    Hometown: Monroe, MI

    Why Utah?I first fell in love with Utah and the fantastic faculty and trainees at the University of Utah/Primary Children's Hospital during my residency interview, and this love just keeps growing! To me, it's the perfect combination of a supportive training environment with world class faculty located in an incredible place to live.

    What is your favorite part about our program?  Supportive faculty and fellows who are fun to work with; great research support; large patient volume and variety; quick access to outdoor recreation and numerous national parks

    What are your favorite parts about living in Salt Lake City?Being able to go on a trail run directly from the hospital; world class ski resorts ~45 minutes from the hospital; not much traffic!

    What cool research/advocacy/education/scholarly work are you participating in?I have the fortune of being the inaugural pediatric cardiology - global health fellow. The global health component involves clinical and research work in Guatemala and participating in other global health related experiences with other pediatric global health fellows at the University of Utah. I am also working on a couple EP-related research projects with some great mentors at the University of Utah.

    What has been a standout rotation or teaching experience you've been part of as a fellow? While the learning curve for many cardiology rotations are steep, I've appreciated the dedication and patience all of the faculty and staff have had helping the fellows learn and feel more comfortable on each rotation. And I appreciate the cath lab nurses always coming up with the best nicknames for the fellows.

    What I wish I knew before coming to Utah:That I should've warned my family I won't be returning to Michigan.

    What are your plans following fellowship?I plan to pursue a career that includes pediatric cardiology in low-resourced domestic and international settings and electrophysiology.