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Our Mission

The mission of Maricopa County Medical Society (MCMS) is to promote excellence in the quality of care and the health of the community, and to represent and serve its members by acting as a strong, collective physician voice.


MCMS is focused on supporting physicians throughout their careers. We exist to ensure physicians' voices are heard and that they are working to advance patient care and the profession of medicine for generations to come. To those ends, we also support medical students, residents, retired physicians, and the wide variety of organizations that employ physicians in today's healthcare system.

Meet the 2024 Board of Directors

I would like to welcome you to 2024 as your new Board President. I have a passion for organized medicine, which began in my first year of medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Robert Hertzka's Politics of Medicine elective at UCSD encouraged me to become more involved beyond my medical studies. I would go on to join the board of the San Diego County Medical Society. I strongly believe in the power of physicians coming together and becoming a strong collective unit. I also believe its important to strengthen our community and our patients by continuing to fight for our profession.


In 2024, my goals for MCMS are:

  • Increasing our physician community by recruiting a new generation of physicians and residents.

  • Increasing our educational and social opportunities.

  • Broadening our community outreach and impact. 

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Jane Lyons, MD
Board President

Board Executive Committee


Vishal Verma, MD, MBA


Karyne Vinales, MD

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Zaid Fadul, MD, FS, FAAFP
Past President

Board Directors


Kishlay Anand, MD
Board Director


Jay Arora, MD
Board Director

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Gregory Aran, DO
Board Director

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Ann Cheri Foxx-Leach, MD, D.ABA
Board Director

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Rahul Rishi, DO
Board Director

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Adnan Saithna, MD
Board Director

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Issa Ismail, DO
Resident Board Director

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Samantha Matta, OMS-III
Medical Student Board Director

Become Involved -Join A Committee

Become involved in MCMS, join a committee. MCMS is making it easier for physicians to participate in important committees yet require only a reasonable level of participation to make a difference.


In this committee, members will review policy issues affecting physicians across Arizona and make recommendations for the MCMS Board to act on.


In this committee, members will find more ways to ensure physicians are aware of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.


In this committee, members will bring awareness to MCMS members on what is happening in public health. 

Meet the MCMS Staff

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Desire'e Hardge, MBA
CEO & Executive Director

Desire'e M. Hardge, MBA, serves as the CEO and Executive Director of MCMS.  Desire’e joins MCMS with over 18 years of combined experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She has strategically led organizations through business development and community relations to help acquire capital, operational scaling for growth and expansion, sustaining and improving client retention, fundraising, market and brand recognition, and campaign management.


Desire'e holds a Master of Business Management (MBA) from the University of Phoenix and has numerous certificates, including Executive Leadership from Social Venture Partners (SVP-AZ). She is a development business board advisor, Co-Author "Upward: Leadership Lessons for Women on The Rise" (March 2021), and an alumnus of Collaborative 2019.


In 2024, Desire'e has six areas of focus for MCMS:


  • Helping physicians and their medical practices succeed

  • Physician advocacy at the state and federal level

  • Physician and community networking

  • Membership growth and retention

  • Building partnership allies in business and the community

  • Operational and financial excellence


Looking ahead, Desire'e is determined to continue making a meaningful impact at MCMS. Her vision includes making MCMS become a more prominent and recognizable organization throughout Arizona, to contribute to the advancement of physicians and their medical practices, and the overall well-being of the physician community. Additionally, she hopes to help close gaps in the healthcare community and foster better relations among physicians, other healthcare professionals, and community stakeholders.

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Edward Araujo
Director of Marketing and Communications

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Lauren Inglese
Membership & Development Manager

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