Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona of 2021, including Stacie Pinderhughes, MD, of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & RetirementIn celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Most Influential Women program, is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2021 each day leading up to the Most Influential Women of 2021 dinner and reception.

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Today’s spotlight: Stacie Pinderhughes, MD

Market chief medical officer

UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement

Dr. Pinderhughes has a built a reputation as a visionary medical leader with a history of devising and implementing complex care delivery systems. She has developed models of care that have expanded palliative medicine in both acute and ambulatory settings. She has published this work in the Journal of Palliative Medicine and is a sought-after speaker regionally and nationally.

Lesson learned in 2020:Approach what you’re doing with curiosity, not certainty.  Be kind to yourself and others. Listen more, then you speak. It is so important to be fully present in the moment.”

Source of pride:Early in my career, I had the privilege of developing a model, for the first and only inpatient hospice unit in Harlem, N.Y., at that time.  Later in Arizona, my team and I developed hospital and community-based palliative care programs.  It was a privilege to serve countless individuals and their families at a time when they were vulnerable, often scared and in need of compassion.”

Surprising fact:COVID pushed me to take up the new outdoor hobby of mountain biking. Something I never thought I would be interested in. Even though I’ve had a few wipe outs and scrapes, I’m always looking for the next challenging mountain.”