Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, FAAOS, will join the ACS next Monday, January 31, as Medical Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). Dr. Simpson Mason has dedicated her career as an orthopaedic surgeon and physician leader to empowering colleagues through education, especially with respect to career development, leadership, and the importance of workforce diversity, inclusive thinking, and implementing equity practices.
In her new role, Dr. Simpson Mason will partner with Cie Armstead, DBA, Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and work with ACS Executive Director Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, to lead the development and implementation of proactive antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives in support of the College's strategic plan to create a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed. She will champion the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive College environment and support the development of a vision and effective strategy to create a culture for DE&I and ensure compliance with applicable laws.
She will actively engage leadership, members, volunteers, and staff to further behaviors, attitudes, and policies that support DE&I. She will collaborate with College stakeholders to assess potential barriers, identify opportunities, and develop innovative strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and membership. Dr. Simpson Mason also will work with College stakeholders to assess the need and recommend programs for collaboration and training initiatives on antiracism, cultural competency, gender differences, and other DE&I issues.
"Dr. Simpson Mason has a long history of developing innovative programs that help foster awareness about diversity in medicine and its benefits for our patients. She is passionate about education and physician workforce development, and we are privileged to have her on the ACS leadership team," Dr. Turner said.
Dr. Simpson Mason comes to the College with experience in private practice, as well as serving as vice-president of diversity and inclusion at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She will continue her role as a clinical assistant professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation, The University of Texas, Medical Branch, Galveston.
After earning her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Simpson Mason completed a general surgery internship at the University of California Los Angeles and her residency in orthopaedic surgery at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC.