I am pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Mason will be joining ONC as the new Chief Medical Officer, effective February 23, 2015. Tom will lead and champion clinical oversight of ONC programs and clinical coordination within ONC. He will also regularly engage with physician organizations.
Tom is a board certified internist with an emphasis on primary care and preventative medicine with 14 years of experience. Throughout his career, he has led the implementation of multiple EHR systems. Tom also has more than 10 years of additional experience and training in the principles of public health and population medicine.
Tom comes to us from The Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) in Chicago, the third largest public hospital system in the country. He is currently the Chief Medical Informatics Officer of the Ambulatory and Community Health Network of Cook County. In this role, Tom has led the implementation of an outpatient EHR system consisting of 16 primary care health centers and 110 specialty care clinics staffed by more than 600 physicians and serving more than 200,000 patients a year. He also plays a vital role in the implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home wellness management and disease prevention model at CCHHS.
Tom is also Medical Director of a CCHHS community health center on the Southside of Chicago, and is still an active clinician caring for patients.
Tom earned his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital.
Tom, as am I, is a huge champion for advancing a person-centered, interoperable, learning health system that results in better care, better quality and better outcomes for individual, community and population health. He will report directly to me.
Please join me in welcoming Tom to ONC!
Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc