At its annual summer meeting, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) presented its prestigious Chairman’s Award to Miles Mason III, M.D., past president of the Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) medical staff. Dr. Mason was recognized for long-time dedication to the hospital system and for bringing quality care to his community.
Candidates for the award are hospital trustees or executives who have made significant contributions to improving health care in Georgia. Dr. Mason has been a leader in the Gwinnett community for decades.
Dr. Mason opened a general surgery practice in 1979 and, two years later, was appointed as Gwinnett Health System’s medical staff president. He served in this capacity for seven years. He accepted the position again in 2000, serving for another 12 years.
In addition to his leadership role within the health system, Dr. Mason is a leader in his community. The youth of Gwinnett County have benefited from Dr. Mason’s work. In the early 1990s, he helped initiate a program to offer free sports physicals to students in the community and recruited colleague physicians to participate. In that decade, he screened hundreds of the county’s student athletes. The program was the seed for what has become the GMC Sports Medicine program, which provides full-time certified athletic trainers at local high schools and makes special concussion testing known as ImPACT (immediate post-concussion assessment and cognitive testing) available to thousands of student athletes.
Dr. Mason received his medical degree from and completed a residency at the Medical College of Georgia. He also completed a residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Prior to opening his general surgery practice, Dr. Mason served as a ship’s surgeon in the U.S. Navy and as a staff surgeon at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.