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The Activist: Marion Mass, MD

Updated: Feb 6

Dr. Marion Mass is a pediatrician who has practiced in suburban Philadelphia for 21 years. She is a founding member and Co-Chair of Practicing Physicians of America, an organization dedicated to protecting the physician’s ability to serve their patients and to confront unnecessary and overbearing regulations that limit their ability to advocate for those patients. Dr. Mass is also a writer with works being published in The Wall Street Journal The Hill and The Washington Times in addition to advising policy shapers at the state and national level. She serves on the editorial board of her county newspaper, on the board of The Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership, and as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Medical society. She guest blogs on various sites regarding teaching organic gardening to children.

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Dr. Mass received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University and her M.D. from Duke University in North Carolina. She completed residency at Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.

Dr Mass’ Prescription for Success

Number 1: Be genuine. No one is perfect. You will instill trust if you just be yourself.

Number 2: Take breaks. It’s important to pursue interests outside of work.

Number 3: Don’t compromise your principles. Don’t lie, cheat, or steal.

Number 4: Lift others up. Be positive; no one succeeds by pushing others down.

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Notable quotes from Dr. Mass’ interview:

Early on, I thought to myself that I wanted to be a lawyer, but I watched a television program where a lawyer had to defend someone that was guilty and I thought, that’s enough for me.
Healthcare is very personal. If you don’t have a relationship with your doctor–and we’re certainly losing that because we’re losing time spent between patients and physicians–when you lose that, then you lose the trust.
If you want to do one thing to change healthcare and your corner of the world, join your state society.
We’re stewards of this profession. But slowly over decades, from the time I was in medical school, and even before, we’ve been taken over by a glut of forces that have consolidated and corporatized. Not that there’s anything wrong with making profits, but they’ve made it less about the patient and more about churning out, profits and numbers.
He who holds the gold makes the rules.
Medicine is our house. Give us the right to practice the way we were trained and please don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

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