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Adventist Heart Institute Welcomes New Cardiologist in Lake County


Clearlake, CA—The Adventist Heart Institute is pleased to announce that Lou Ivanovic, MD, has joined its team of cardiac specialists. Ivanovic welcomes patients throughout Lake County at clinic locations in Lakeport and Clearlake. He will also see patients at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake.

Highly regarded by both patients and fellow physicians, Ivanovic has pursued a distinguished career as a specialist in cardiac medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Belgrade Medical School in Serbia, then completed a residency at West Suburban Hospital Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois, and a clinical fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having discovered a deep interest in preventing as well as treating diseases of the heart, Ivanovic completed advanced training through a peripheral vascular interventional training program at St. John Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease. He has extensive training and experience in both clinical and interventional cardiology, which relies on less-invasive techniques to treat structural diseases of the heart.

A gifted teacher, throughout his career Ivanovic has maintained a teaching appointment at Loyola University Medical School in Chicago and has trained hundreds of young doctors now in practice throughout the country. He joins the Adventist Heart Institute from the Chicago Cardiology Institute, where he was a senior partner.

“We feel very fortunate to have Dr. Ivanovic join us,” says Marc Shapiro, MD, Chief Medical Officer for St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. “In addition to his impressive clinical skills, his ability to form working partnerships with his patients and inspire them to believe they can take charge of their own cardiac health is remarkable. Dr. Ivanovic brings a positive approach and emphasis on prevention and early intervention that will make a great difference here in our community.”

The Adventist Heart Institute spans six counties, four hospitals and nine clinic locations, including two clinics right here in Lake County. The multispecialty team provides comprehensive cardiac care, bringing together some of the most talented cardiac health professionals and cutting-edge technology on the West Coast. Cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and heart and vascular surgeons, along with a dedicated team of specialist cardiac support staff, provide a full spectrum of cardiac medicine from prevention to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, with an emphasis on whole-person treatment.

“Cardiology is a very exciting and dynamic field with extensive diagnostic and therapeutic modalities,” Ivanovic says. “This makes it very rewarding, as most patient problems can be either prevented or diagnosed early and successfully treated. Even advanced cardiac disease has multiple solutions. What I’m most passionate about is prevention and interventional treatment. My belief is that cardiovascular disease can be prevented and treated successfully. My goal is to restore full patient functionality and longevity.”

Ivanovic takes great pride in working closely with his patients to provide highly personalized care, with emphasis on education to empower patients to manage their own health, from prevention through choosing diagnostic and therapeutic options. He is currently seeing Lake County at both Clearlake and Lakeport clinics. To schedule an appointment in Lakeport, please call (707) 263-6346. To schedule an appointment in Clearlake, call (707) 995-3764.


St. Helena Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 31,000 includes more than 22,350 employees; 4,800 medical staff physicians; and 3,850 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015.  Visit for more information.