Arlene Bagga, Associate Medical Director (MAPS PBC)

Arlene received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and went on to complete medical training at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, a preliminary Internal Medicine year in Dearborn, Michigan, and Residency in Ophthalmology in Boston, Massachusetts at Tufts University. In 2005, she moved to sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico where she has practiced medicine and been based her entire career.

Arlene served a clinical faculty member with the University of New Mexico Department of Surgery, as well as a Staff Ophthalmologist at the Raymund G. Murphy Veterans Administration in Albuquerque, New Mexico for over 14 years combined. During that time, she served as the Residency Director and surgical instructor for senior residents from Boston and Pittsburgh rotating in New Mexico, training over 100 residents to perform cataract and ocular trauma surgeries. She held various leadership roles, including serving as the President of the New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology and completing the Leadership Development Program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She was part of a team of surgeons who expanded access and improved standard of care in ophthalmology for the state of New Mexico, as well as reducing surgical wait time for Veterans through expanded OR access and the Veterans Choice program. She also practiced in a group setting, in private practice, and as an independent consultant before transitioning into drug development roles.

For the last three years, Arlene has served in Medical Director roles for PRA Health Sciences, a global contract research organization, as well as Santen, a mid-size ophthalmic pharmaceutical company. She is looking forward to joining the MAPS PBC organization as they further their important mission.

Arlene enjoys spending time with her son Adrian, her dog Zeus, gardening, and spending time with friends, family, and enjoying the natural landscape and culture of the Southwest.