Kote Chundu, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Kote Chundu, MD, MMM is the founding president and chief executive officer (CEO) of DMG from its inception in January 2010 as a nonprofit multispecialty medical group. From April 2005 through December 2009, he was the Chairman of the Board of MedPro, the predecessor organization of DMG. Dr. Chundu joined Maricopa Medical Center (now Valleywise Health) in 1992 as the medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) and was the medical director of the hospital’s Arizona Children’s Center and chairman of the department of pediatrics from October 2000 to September 2014.
He received his medical degree from Guntur Medical College in India in 1981 and completed a pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Chundu also completed a pediatric critical care fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC in 1989. He is Board Certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. Dr. Chundu received his Master of Medical Management degree from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in 2011.
As a professor of child health at University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine and professor of pediatrics at Creighton University School of Medicine in Phoenix, Dr. Chundu is committed to the organization’s academic mission to teach medical students and residents. He is actively involved in local and national community and educational organizations to advance healthcare and keep populations healthy. Dr. Chundu has developed numerous research projects and is the author of many published articles. He is well-known for his presentations and lectures on both a local and national level.
Dr. Chundu is a strong believer that cohesive organizations like DMG can provide superior quality of care due to its physicians collaborating instead of competing and partnering across medical specialties with a nonprofit hospital system. He firmly believes the patient-centered medical home model holds promise to improve healthcare in America by transforming how primary care is organized and delivered.
Craig Jones, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Joining DMG in 2003, Craig Jones, CPA is DMG’s chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer for the DMG Board of Directors. As part of his role as CFO, he manages the operations and staff of the centralized accounting department, payer contracting, and the central business office. Mr. Jones also serves as President of DMG Insurance Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DMG, which serves the needs of the parent company.
Mr. Jones brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in healthcare financial administration to the organization. He is a certified public accountant (CPA). Craig completed two Bachelor of Science degrees- Accounting and Business Administration- at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and a Master of Public Administration from Western International University in Phoenix.
Denise Atwood, Esq, RN, CPHRM
Chief Risk Officer
Denise Atwood, Esq, RN, CPHRM serves as chief risk officer and associate general counsel to DMG and is the vice president of DMG Insurance Company, Inc. She has extensive experience in provider relations, risk management, healthcare operations, compliance, and quality. Prior to joining DMG in 2018, she was a vice president at Valleywise Health.
Ms. Atwood was an adjunct professor for two universities where she taught healthcare law, ethics, and politics/public policy. She provides ethics education and evaluations for the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Denise is also a published author and speaker on risk, compliance, medical-legal, and ethics issues. She has been a freelance research contributor for Aspen Publishers, Inc., a Wolters Kluwer business, since 2000.
Denise is a registered nurse (RN) and completed her nursing education at Moorpark College in California. She then earned a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in health services administration from Ohio University in Ironton and a Juris Doctor degree from the Phoenix School of Law.
Chief Clinical Operations Officer
Working at DMG for nearly 30 years, Marisel Fuentes serves as the organization’s Chief Clinical Operations Officer. During her tenure she has served DMG as administrative and executive support, general surgery residency coordinator, division administrator, and most recently has led the division administration team as the senior director of division administration.
Marisel has a proven track record in leading operational initiatives, educating and mentoring, organizational management, and ensuring sound and consistent business practices. She is an adept leader in cross functional operations, resource, risk, and budgetary management, while facilitating effective change management and encouraging innovation, and continuous quality and process improvements.
Marisel holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
Scott Manning, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPRP
Chief Human Resource Officer
Scott Manning, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPRP joined DMG in 1998 as the director of human resources (HR) and provider recruitment and continues in that role today. He has driven the evolution of the HR function to coincide with the growth of DMG. The team provides a full scope of services supporting all HR disciplines for the organization.
Scott is committed to giving back to his profession. He is an active leader in HR organizations and is a current Board of Directors member and past president of the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment; he also served two terms as president of the regional Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter. Mr. Manning is recognized as an expert in his field and has been an invited speaker at more than 20 regional and national conferences addressing topics related to HR and physician recruiting.
Earning his Bachelor of Arts in personnel management from Arizona State University in 1982, Mr. Manning has more than 30 years of HR experience. Scott pursued professional certification in both his areas of expertise and is a lifetime certified Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) through SHRM. He is also a fellow of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters.
Isabella A. Porter, Esq., CHC, CHPC
Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer
Isabella A. Porter, Esq., CHC, CHPC serves as Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer. Along with managing DMG’s compliance and privacy programs, she administers the organization’s policy and procedures committee as well as its internal audit and employee learning programs. With more than 10 years’ experience in designing and implementing effective compliance and privacy programs, she brings a wealth of knowledge on the extensive regulations that govern healthcare practices.
Isabella is a licensed attorney in the State of Arizona and is certified in both healthcare compliance (CHC) and privacy compliance (CHPC). Before joining DMG in 2015, she was a legal intern at two large health systems in Phoenix and a legal associate in the Office of General Counsel for the Governor’s Office of the State of Arizona. While working under Governor Brewer, Isabella was exposed to pivotal Medicaid expansion and child welfare reform legislation in Arizona, the policies of which influence her work to this day. Additionally, she has been published by the Health Care Compliance Association and has presented compliance education to various organizations.
Isabella graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts, triple majoring in Italian, French, and Spanish. She received her Juris Doctor (JD) from Phoenix School of Law, where she served as the vice managing editor for the Law Review and earned multiple CALI Excellence for the Future Awards.
Kevin Rhode, CHCIO, CPHIMS, PMP
Chief Information Officer
Kevin Rhode, CHCIO, CPHIMS, PMP brings more than 30 years’ experience in information technology (IT) to the role of chief information officer for DMG. Demonstrating flexibility and the ability to apply his knowledge across industries, he has worked in IT roles in healthcare, distribution, logistics, finance, and quality management organizations. Mr. Rhode’s career focus has been on improving business processes using application development, quality management, and project management while developing and leading high performing teams of professional technologists.
Kevin is active in IT professional associations both locally and nationally. He is also an adjunct faculty instructor at Maricopa Community Colleges.
Mr. Rhode earned a Master of Business Administration in project management from Jones International University in Centennial, Colorado and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS) and a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO). He completed a Bachelor of Science in business/e-business at the University of Phoenix.
Having served in the United States Marine Corps, Kevin and his family are passionate about giving back to the community. They have founded multiple local charity groups and volunteer regularly for several causes. Kevin is the director for Arizona Bike Week Charities/Happy Memory Charities.
Jeff Weil, CHCIO, CDH-E, CPHIMS, SHIMSS
Jeff Weil, CHCIO, CPHIMS, CDH-E, SHIMSS is DMG’s brand officer. A tenured healthcare executive, he has more than 30 years’ experience in information technology and operations in acute and ambulatory care, academic, and public health sectors. Mr. Weil is responsible for leading DMG’s marketing and communications efforts including brand management, website and digital presence and development, marketing collateral and advertising, digital marketing, social media, public relations, and internal communications.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Ramapo College of New Jersey and is a Certified Digital Health Executive (CDH-E), a CPHIMS, and a CHCIO. He has been an active member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMMS) for more than 20 years; Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of HIMMS’ Arizona State Chapter and is a past vice president and past president. Jeff is also a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
Mr. Weil is committed to not only being an active member of the local IT community but also being an engaged resident of Phoenix. He is Chair of the Board of Directors for FC Batavia, a competitive youth soccer club in North Phoenix and is an active fundraiser as well as coach for the organization.