Gretchen Alexander, MD, became the 125th president of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) on June 3, 2016, at the association’s annual meeting in Phoenix. Dr. Alexander will serve a one-year term in that capacity.
Dr. Alexander received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College and her medical degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center, where she then joined the faculty. Dr. Alexander is Board Certified in adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. Currently, she is a member of the Department of Psychiatry at Maricopa Integrated Health System and District Medical Group, where she serves as an attending psychiatrist on the inpatient service as well as Associate Program Director of the MIHS Psychiatry Residency program.
Dr. Alexander is an active member of organized medicine. She has served ArMA previously as president-elect, vice president, and member of the public health Committee, the CME Committee and the Legislative & Government Affairs Committee. Dr. Alexander is a past president of the Arizona Psychiatric Society, where she has also served on the Legislative, Membership, Educational Program, Newsletter/Communications, and Member Events committees. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and served as Deputy Representative, APA Assembly 2010-2011.
In her role as ArMA president, Dr. Alexander will be responsible for leadership of the ArMA Board of Directors and members, for organizational support and representation, and for communication with the membership of the organization through the quarterly AZMedicine magazine.
Dr. Alexander is a fourth generation physician and is committed to improving what the profession offers to future generations. “Our work is intellectually stimulating, and when we are given time to do it well, there is no better reward than the appreciation of our patients and their families. Historically, our profession has been guided by an unspoken contract with society: we are expected to altruistically, competently, and in a moral and ethical fashion work not only to heal our patients, but for the public good. In return, we expect professional autonomy and the privilege of self-regulation, reasonable financial rewards, and functioning healthcare systems," Dr. Alexander stated. "We must work to ensure that both sides of this contract are upheld, if we are to continue to attract qualified young people to pursue the practice of clinical medicine. We must engage with organized medicine to ensure that it effectively advocates for our profession, for in doing so, we are advocating for our patients and the quality of care they receive.”