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Leadership News

January 25, 2022

Two Surgeons Join ACS Executive Leadership Staff

The College is pleased to announce that it has hired two eminently qualified surgeons to fill important roles on the Executive Leadership Team.

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.

Michael J. Sutherland, MD, FACS, will begin serving as Director, ACS Member Services, on Tuesday, February 1.
The Director of Member Services serves a critical executive role for the ACS, leading delivery of a meaningful membership experience for the College's Fellows and members, ensuring members realize the full value of benefits that support their professional development and practice, positioning the College as the leading voice in the House of Surgery, and setting strategies that support the Division of Member Services' goals related to member experience and digital transformation.

A Fellow of the College since 2006, Dr. Sutherland has served in leadership positions on a number of key committees, including Chair, Resident and Associates Society; Chair, Young Fellows Association; Chair, ACS Professional Association Surgeons-Political Action Committee Board of Directors; and Chair, Arkansas ACS Committee on Trauma (COT). A strong advocate for improving access to trauma care, he participated in the COT Advocacy Pillar, Trauma Quality Improvement Program, COT Patient Safety and Performance Improvement.

At present, he serves on the ACS General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee and Heath Policy and Advocacy Council, as well as Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Update Committee. In recent years, he has served on the ACS Nominating Committee of the Fellows, Bylaws Committee, Health Policy and Advocacy Group, Fiscal Affairs Committee of the Board of Governors, Regents Membership Services Liaison Committee, and Delegate to the AMA Surgical Caucus.

"Dr. Sutherland is a long-time ACS Fellow, who is very familiar with College programs and activities. As he takes over my previous role as Director of Member Services, I am confident that he can use his knowledge and experience with the College to help grow membership across all practice settings and specialties," Dr. Turner said.

Dr. Sutherland earned his bachelor's degree at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and his medical degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Medicine, New Orleans. He completed his internship, general surgery training, and thoracic/vascular fellowship at Keesler US Air Force Medical Center, department of surgery, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. At present, he is professor of surgery, The Ohio State University, and trauma medical director and associate medical director, East Hospital, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus.