Deciding to be a surgeon was easy for Mark Mason, MD, who found his calling during the first week of his general surgery rotation in medical school. “I always knew that I wanted to dedicate myself to helping people reclaim their health,” he recalls. “But surgery was a natural fit for me. I valued the safe and efficient way surgery resolves problems patients face on a daily basis and helps them return to feeling well again.”
Today in his medical practice, Dr. Mason specializes in a full complement of general surgery services with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgery and gastrointestinal health issues. He emphasizes the importance of education to produce the safest, most efficient, quality outcomes for his patients. “My role is to ensure that patients understand the disease process, their choices, and ultimately the surgical plan,” he explains. “I help them learn about all aspects of their care so they can make wise decisions with the safest operation using the least invasive method possible.”
Dr. Mason uses a minimally invasive approach that “will lead to patients having a decreased length of stay in the hospital, less pain, and faster return to a normal lifestyle.”
After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Dr. Mason enrolled at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school. He completed his general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where his training focused on minimally invasive surgery. He then underwent additional training in robotic surgery, adding another less-invasive surgery tool. Prior to coming to Providence, Dr. Mason was chief of surgery at Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. He served as the carrier surgeon for the USS John C. Stennis and USS Harry S. Truman.
Married with three children, Dr. Mason enjoys all types of sports and outdoor activities with his family.