Susan Whitely, MD, became the 128th president of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) on June 1, 2019, at the association's annual meeting. Dr. Whitely will serve a one-year term as president.
Dr. Whitely is a family medicine physician in Phoenix and has been an ArMA member since 1997. She received her medical degree at Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
Dr. Whitely has supported organized medicine for several years as an active member within the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is also a past president of the Maricopa County Medical Society. Within ArMA, she has served as an At-Large Director, executive committee member, and treasurer.
"My experiences as a patient for many years as a child, and later in life as a chaplain, have shaped me as a physician," Stated Dr. Whitely. "It is an honor to be elected to lead this prestigious organizations, and as president, I look forward to building upon the successes of the past year."
Dr. Whitely's personal goals during her presidency include:
- Strengthening advocacy efforts in Arizona to have ArMA remain steadfast in protecting the doctor patient relationship;
- Careful financial stewardship of our resources and increasing revenue;
- Engage early career physicians, residents, medical students, and help train future physician leaders.
Link: 2019 ArMA President Inaugural Speech