Meet Dr. Leah Cordovez MD FACP

Medical Director, Primary Care and Obesity Medicine

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Inside Iron Health
April 12, 2024

What got you interested in healthcare?

I have always been deeply drawn to the healing process, I can’t recall a time when I wanted to do anything other than medicine. I am still fascinated every day with how wonderfully made and how truly resilient we all are. I love the feeling of bringing comfort into a room. 

Is there something that you missed from your own healthcare experience that Iron Health specifically addresses? 

My relationship with my wonderful Gyn is so easy. I would have really appreciated having the option of working with an extension of him caring for my whole person health.  Having my most trusted healthcare provider at the helm of all my preventative care and chronic treatment would have made it easier for me to take care of me.  (And I probably would not have postponed appointments until I lost a few pounds.)

What’s something you wish people knew more about? Or What’s a secret health or wellness tip/practice that you live by? 

Two biggies:

  1. Start with knowing FOR A FACT that you are a wonderful being,  the way you are right this moment. Any changes are aimed at improving your sense of well-being, but your essence is already enough and already worthy. Lean in to how powerful you are even if you can’t see it yet. 
  2. The perfect is the enemy of the good — being hyper-focused on a perfect diet, a perfect body, a perfect mood takes away from the joy that a good life can bring. We should courageously show up and do the best we can every day knowing that each day will be a little different. A great day in golf means getting closest to each hole with every try. Expecting a hole in one on every single swing is unrealistic — and maddening. 

What makes you most excited about working at Iron Health? 

The reach! This platform feels like we finally have the ability to shout from the rooftops that we are here to take care of women, who care for everyone else; that our goal is to make self care and self love easy. And that provide it as boldly as the care and love women provide to so many others. We care about women and we mean it. 

Seeing our Gyn once a year and only being screened for breast and cervical cancer leaves a lot of important work  undone. There is more we can do to ensure women have longer health-spans. 

What does "strengthening the healthcare system” mean to you?

Leveling the field for access to great health care. We finally have a way to provide the thoughtful, individualized care that every woman deserves but to which not every woman has access. We’re moving the fulcrum to push the balance so we are all truly seen and heard.  

Let’s discuss...

Growing up with the super power of energy conservation and fiercely battling with my body to let go of the weight it so desperately wants to keep has been like a constant blinking light in the corner of the room — distracting and unproductive. I have lived with the feeling of being able to achieve so much, except THAT; being able to be so successful, except THERE; being able to make so many changes, except THOSE.  In this lifetime, we are fortunate to have so many health advances in diagnostics and in therapeutics changing the course of many disease states considered untreatable or inevitable just 20 years ago. Recognizing that obesity is a chronic, relapsing disease that can be treated gently and with consistent changes is a paradigm shift. I’m exhilarated to be part of the solution that leaves the concept of undisciplined, flawed character out of the obesity conversation. 

In addition, advances in breast cancer detection and treatment as well as better cardiac risk stratification, and our ability to modify them, address two of the biggest threats to Women's health. 

My hope is that we can bring this information to more women and open lines of conversation previously untapped.  

When you’re not working, where can we find you?

I love sharing time and space with my wonderful daughters, Sophia and Gabrielle. I most easily tap into tranquility near a large body of water….unless I just hit my golf ball into it.