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Bruce A. Bethancourt M.D. F.A.C.P.
Physician Member

Bruce Bethancourt, MD, FACP, is the Chief Medical Officer (“CMO”) for Dignity Health (“DH”) Medical Group. As CMO, Dr. Bethancourt is responsible for the strategic leadership of medical operations; quality of care and service management; financial oversight; and promoting physician leadership and accountability as well as a positive physician culture. He chairs the DH Pharmacy Clinical Council where he developed and operationalized two Transitional Care Clinics in Phoenix.


Dr. Bethancourt served St. Vincent Medical Group (“SVMG”) as the key executive leader and champion for clinical effectiveness, quality and patient safety (2012 – 2014). Additionally, he played a key strategic role as part of the team to provide medical leadership and accountability in clinical outcomes and performance, patient satisfaction, administrative/fiscal operations and strategic planning. Successes at SVMG include development of the Transitions of Care Clinic, Remote Care Monitoring, Physician Leadership Cohort, Annual Primary Care Symposium and the SVH Clinical Excellence Committee.


Dr. Bethancourt served in progressive roles as medical director, regional medical director and founding chief medical officer of Banner Medical Group (“Banner”), a multispecialty physician group of over 650 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants (2007 – 2012). As CMO, he had key responsibility for the development, implementation, measurement and improvement of all quality initiatives of Banner.


In addition to the leadership role at Banner, Dr. Bethancourt continued his practice of internal medicine at the Banner Phoenix Internal Medicine. His many community involvement commitments included: past president of the Arizona Medical Association, Adjuvant Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Midwestern Osteopathic School and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Arizona. He also served on the inaugural Arizona Health-e Connection Board of Directors, Chair of Arizonans for Access to Health Care, Chair of Arizonans Participating in Patient Safety Initiative and Chair of Phoenix HealthCare Value Measurement Initiative.


Dr. Bethancourt graduated, with honors (Alpha Omega Alpha), from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Tucson and completed his residency at the University of Arizona, Health Sciences Center, where he also served as chief medical resident.