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 and a Juris Doctor degree from the Phoenix School of Law.