Dr. Stephen Pophal
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Dr. Stephen Pophal is a pediatric cardiologist who specializes in the care of children with complex congenital heart defects. His medical vision has built programs that provide a continuum of care through advanced comprehensive heart programs that are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of children and their families. In addition, Pophal’s leadership as division chief of pediatric cardiology for Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center inspires and guides his team of 30 to go above and beyond to provide comprehensive family-centered cardiac care.
Pophal directly oversaw the medical care of the valley’s first infant heart transplant, a patient he continues to care for today. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing the only neonatal/pediatric heart failure/transplantation treatment program in Arizona. Approximately 10-15 Arizona children require heart transplants each year. Before Pophal helped create the local program, families had to relocate to obtain life-saving medical services. The transplantation program allows these families to remain in Arizona with their existing support network while experiencing an emotionally and stressful situation. This effort has improved local access to care, saved lives, kept families together, helped control healthcare costs, and helped keep Arizona healthcare dollars in Arizona.
Dr. Alan Pitt
A neuroradiologist for 11 years, Pitt is committed in his search for ways to enable the continuum of care with sustainable business models. Pitt’s duties include imaging interpretation and serving as co-director of the Interventional Spine Service. He is currently involved in building S2dents and participates in other non-profits such as Phoenix Country Day School and Homeward Bound. Dr. Pitt’s credentials and service earned him teacher of the year in Neuroradiology in 2008, as well as the GreenLight Award for Innovation that researches a solution involving social networking for patient satisfaction and follow-up.
Dr. Gino Tutera
Tutera is an OB/GYN who specialized in PMS, menopause and other hormonal imbalance health issues. He is now the Medical Director of SottoPelle, Inc. as of 2000. With more than 30 years of experience in the medical profession, Tutera is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (HRT). He opened an out-of-state PMS clinic in 1982 and introduced this therapy clinic to Arizona a few years ago. Additional accomplishments include his extensive research and documentation of breast cancer and a book, which he authored, discussing various issues that coincide with aging.