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Dr. Terry Mason

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Chief Medical Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Apple Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Everything Is In Divine Order And God Is In Charge.

Birthplace

Born:
9/13/1951
Birth Location:
Englewood, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Chief Medical Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Apple Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Everything Is In Divine Order And God Is In Charge.

Birthplace

Born:
9/13/1951
Birth Location:
Englewood
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Biography

Chief Medical Officer, Terry Mason was born on September 13, 1951 in Washington, D.C. Mason attended Loyola University in Chicago and received his B.S degree in biological science. He earned his M.D. degree from the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois. Mason completed his residency of General Surgery at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals Program and his residency of urology at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center.

Upon completing his residencies, Mason started his practice of urology with Dr. Harvey J. Whitfield as Terry Mason MD, SC. At Mercy Hospital and Medical Center he developed a specialty service for male erectile dysfunction, and prostate cancer. In approximately 1992, Mason became radio host of “Doctor in the House” WVON 1690 AM. The following year he founded Center for New Life, a business dedicated to integrating diet modification, and exercise to treat chronic diseases. In 2004, he launched the Restar4Health campaign. The campaign encouraged the public to stop unhealthy eating habits and to make smart food choices. In 2005, Mason became the commissioner of health for the city of Chicago. As Commissioner, he was responsible for over 1200 employees with an annual operating budget of approximately 200 million dollars. Mason has detected and managed health threats to the citizens of the City of Chicago, and held over seventy-five press conferences.

In 2009, Mason retired as Commissioner of public health, and became the System Chief Medical Officer. He served as interim chief executive officer for the Cook County Health and Hospital System from May 2011 until October 2011. He advised and led a team of medical experts on matters of public health importance. He has also served as national chairman of urology at the National Medical Association, and the Midwest regional chair for Chicago’s National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer. Mason is a member of the Cook County Physicians Association and was featured in the film “Forks over Knives” in 2001. Mason’s work has features on My Fox Chicago and Chicago Tonight for American Heart Health month. He has features in Ebony Magazine and authored a book titled, Making Love Again: Renewing Intimacy and Helping Your Man Overcome Impotence. Mason currently resides in Chicago and has two adult children.

Terry Mason was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 20, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Terry Mason's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason describes memorable moments with his maternal grandmother's husband, Mr. Perkins, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about his mother's upbringing in Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason explains why his mother migrated to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason learns about his biological father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about meeting his older biological siblings and biological father's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about his stepfather's abusive personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Terry Mason lists his siblings in birth order
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Terry Mason recalls his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the sights, sounds and smells of his Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his community in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois and reflects upon his family structure
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the Englewood community in Chicago, Illinois in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about Charles Drew Elementary School on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about his mother and him leaving his abusive stepfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about his experience at the Carrie Jacobs Upper Grade Center and Chicago Vocational High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers his middle school science teacher, Louis Wright, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Terry Mason talks about his childhood involvement in the church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers his middle school science teacher Louis Wright, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Terry Mason describes working at a grocery store as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Terry Mason describes working as a butcher at a neighborhood grocery store
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and talks about experiencing racism in Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason describes working at the laundromat next door to the local grocery store
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his experience at Chicago Vocational High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about his career interests as a student at Chicago Vocational High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason explains his decision to attend Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about his introduction to Black Nationalism at Loyola University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Terry Mason describes joining the Loyola University African-American Student Association and being elected president
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Terry Mason describes fundraising for the Loyola University African-American Student Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers meeting his biological siblings for the first time during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason explains why his mother migrated from Washington D.C. to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason describes Communiversity at Northeastern Illinois University and his introduction to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason describes joining the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason explains how the Nation of Islam influenced his decision to practice medicine, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason describes Black Nationalist philosophy within the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason explains how the Nation of Islam influenced his decision to practice medicine, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Terry Mason explains how his involvement with the Nation of Islam prevented him from dropping out of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about the Nation of Islam's work within Chicago communities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. Terry Mason lists black physicians serving black communities in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about the Nation of Islam's businesses in Chicago, Illinois, Alabama and Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the teachings of the Nation of Islam, and the emergence of HistoryMaker Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason explains how HistoryMaker Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright helped him reestablish his Christian faith
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason describes being expelled from the College of Nursing and readmitted into the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his experience as a biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason briefly describes his reunion with his older siblings at his mother's funeral
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason talks briefly about the Project '75 minority medical school enrollment initiative started by Dr. Andrew Thomas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Terry Mason explains his admission into the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his experience in medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his experience in medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Terry Mason's interview, Session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason recalls taking the first part of his national board exams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about changes in dietary norms amongst African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his decision to specialize in urology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason recalls his involvement with the National Medical Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the importance of the National Medical Association to African American doctors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers discrimination he faced when pursuing a medical staff position at Michael Reese Hospital
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers Michael Reese Hospital's reputation as a research hospital
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Terry Mason recalls the supportive environment at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about the value of safe spaces for working with erectile dysfunction patients
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about radiation therapy methods for prostate cancer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the connection between erectile dysfunction and other health problems, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the connection between erectile dysfunction and other health problems, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about the development of the first erectile dysfunction medicines
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the effects of saturated fats on the lining of blood vessels
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about the challenges of improving urban communities, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about the challenges of improving urban communities, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers being asked to serve as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason recalls how his radio program 'Doctor in the House' began
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason describes a memorable call on 'Doctor in the House'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about the importance of creating trust with patients
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason recalls the formation of HMOs in the U.S. healthcare system
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the necessary changes for healthcare in the United States
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers establishing the Center for New Life in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the Restart for health campaign, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the Restart for health campaign, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the correlation between infrequent bowel movements and increased risks of breast cancer
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about the importance of a proper diet for colon cancer prevention
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about dietary problems in the United States
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers joining the Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason recalls his work at the Chicago Department of Public Health, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason recalls his work at the Chicago Department of Public Health, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers performing open heart surgery operation in an emergency room
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his transition from the Chicago Department of Public Health to the Cook County Health and Hospital System
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his community involvement in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his community involvement in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason remembers serving as interim CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospital System
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the challenges of being COO of the Cook County Department of Public Health
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about the health challenges in Cook County, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about the health challenges in Cook County, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason describes how crime and education factors into public health
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about influential health programs in the Chicago community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the importance of grooming the next generation of medical leaders
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about supporting local farms
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Dr. Terry Mason reflects on his life
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his plans for the future, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Dr. Terry Mason describes his plans for the future, pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Dr. Terry Mason talks about his family
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Dr. Terry Mason describes the challenges of high debt for budding physicians
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Dr. Terry Mason describes how he would like to be remembered