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Physician Leadership Conference

Physician Leadership & Physician Wellness: The Need

Physicians are facing mounting pressure to improve quality of care, lower costs and drive positive outcomes. This coupled with the burden of ever-changing government regulation has sparked a physician burnout of epidemic proportions. Research shows that physicians feel disengaged, and those disengaged are more likely to leave, costing a medical group an average of $250,000 per departure. 

This conference is designed to connect passionate healthcare professionals in an environment that facilitates learning, networking, and best practice sharing. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear insights from industry experts and network with peers from healthcare organizations around the state.

ArMA is proud to offer our 5th Annual Physician Leadership Conference, with a focus on physician medical innovations. This conference will be held on March 16, 2019 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Please continue to check this web page as we will update you with more information throughout the planning process. 

Wondering what you might have missed during our 2018 conference? Please take a look below! 


4th Annual Physician Leadership Conference Information



Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Time: 7:30am-12:00pm Conference, 12:00-1:00pm Round Table Networking Lunch

Location: Mayo Clinic Scottsdale


ArMA members will enjoy complimentary registration to the event. The nonmember fee is $50. 



  Paul DeChant, MD, MBA, FAAFP, Deputy Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health

Dr. Paul DeChant is a Deputy Chief Health Officer with IBM Watson Health. He has over 25 years of clinical and management experience in medical group leadership, as well as expertise in Lean management and preventing physician burnout. He served as CEO of the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF) a 300-physician multispecialty medical group. During his tenure at SGMF he implemented an organization-wide Lean management system and culture, and increased profitability while reducing costs. He achieved recognition by Consumer Reports in 2014 and 2015 with the highest overall care rating among 170 California medical groups. Dr. DeChant is also a member of the AAFP, AAPL, AMGA, and GPIN.


Lois Krahn, MD, Mayo Clinic Division of Adult Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry & Psychology

Dr. Lois Krahn is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and holds joint appointments in the Section of Sleep Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. Dr. Krahn serves as the Deputy Director of Education at Mayo Clinic's Center of the Science of Healthcare Delivery, holding several other leadership positions, including Medical Director for Compliance and Risk Management and the Board of Governors’ liaison with Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University. She is a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and the Arizona Executive Operations Team where she serves as vice chair. Dr. Krahn was appointed as a Physician member to the Arizona Board of Medicine in 2015. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Narcolepsy Network.

  Suja Mathew, MD, FACP, Chair of Medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System

Dr. Suja Mathew is Chair of Medicine at Cook County Health and Hospitals System, and governor of the Illinois Northern Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). She is the immediate past program director for the Internal Medicine Residency at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in Cook County. As clinician, educator, and administrator, she directs internal medicine service delivery throughout CCHHS and oversees the training of residents, fellows, and medical students who rotate through Stroger Hospital’s internal medicine services. Dr. Mathew has interests in the areas of social determinants of health and professional satisfaction. She is an awarded teacher and leader, and a recognized humanitarian.



7:30am  Registration & Breakfast, Visit Corporate Sponsors

8:00am  Welcome - Michael Hamant, MD, President, ArMA

8:05am   2018 Program Review/Introduction of Moderators - Gretchen Alexander, MD, Program Chair, Past President, ArMA

8:15am    How Did We Get Here? The Current State of Physician Satisfaction - with Q & A, Suja Mathew, MD, Cook County Medical Center

9:00am   Psychological and Cultural Factors in Physician Burnout - with Q & A, Lois E. Krahn, MD, Mayo Clinic

9:45am   Break/Visit Exhibitors 

10:00am  Using LEAN to Address the Drivers of Burnout that Frustrate Physicians on a Daily Basis - with Q & A, Paul DeChant, MD, MBA, Simpler Consulting

10:45am  Break/Visit Exhibitors

11:00am  Panel Discussion with: 
  • Marjorie Bessel, MD, VP, CMO Community Delivery & Clinical Integration, Banner Health
  • Kote Chundu, MD, MMM, Professor of Child Health, University of Arizona Tucson, President and CEO, District Medical Group
  • Paul DeChant, MD, MBA

12:00pm  Round Table Networking Luncheon



ArMA gratefully acknowledges MICA Foundation for ongoing support of the Physician Leadership Conference. 


Our Physician Leadership Conference offers opportunities to network and visit with physician leaders from throughout Arizona. Download the Sponsor Prospectus for more information.