Kim Smolderen, Ph.D., a distinguished researcher who has collaborated with the Mid America Heart Institute, will join the School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics faculty in February to work with program development and teaching and mentoring students and faculty.
After receiving her master’s degree and a Ph.D. in medical psychology from Tilburg University, The Netherlands, Smolderen completed two internships and a post-doctorate fellowship in outcomes research at the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute working closely with John Spertus, M.D., Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair in Metabolism and Vascular Disease Research. She will continue to work under his scientific mentorship.
With the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Smolderen will work to develop a sustained, extramurally-supported research program, while also teaching graduate level courses and mentoring students and faculty in research. She will also work with Mark Friedell, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, in developing the department’s research initiatives, said Karen Williams, professor and chair of Biomedical and Health Informatics.
Smolderen has received a number of awards and honors for her extensive research activities and her work has garnered many research grants, including a current $1.8 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
A member of many professional committees and associations, Smolderen currently serves as associate editor of BMC Cardiovascular Disorders and is a member of the editorial board for Cardiovascular Quality of Care and Outcomes.