On June 11, Fenway Health hosted a plaque dedication and reception to celebrate Dr. Sandra Mason, a leader for 15 years in our Women’s Health and OB/GYN programs and mentor to many, who will soon be leaving Fenway. Friends, family, and colleagues gathered to honor Dr. Mason’s legacy of excellence in alternative insemination (AI), gynecology, and obstetrics.
Dr. Mason graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her internship at MetroWest Medical Center and her residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She has been pivotal in the growth of Fenway’s Obstetrics program through our formal partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she is also a physician and obstetrician.
Over her years at Fenway, Dr. Mason has been witness to many cultural shifts in public perception of LGBT parenting and advancements in AI treatments.
“Sandy is one of those early Fenway people that I will always have a great deal of respect for,” said Dr. Stephen L. Boswell, Fenway Health President and CEO. “It always amazes me how much things have changed compared to what it was like for LGBT people at the beginning [of the AI program]. The whole concept of insemination that we do nowadays regularly was pretty controversial; we had no sperm banks in the city who would even work with us.”
“The work that [Dr. Mason] has done and her great reputation has brought to Fenway the sense of caring and quality that we’ve always wanted,” Dr. Boswell added.
Erin Gately, Nurse Practitioner, has worked closely with Dr. Mason to launch the OB program at Fenway. “I have learned so much from [Dr. Mason]. She really encompasses everything that Women’s Health is,” Gately said. “She’s been a huge advocate for me and I’m going to miss her immensely.”
“[Dr. Mason] has been a steady presence at Fenway through many changes over the years,” said Liz Coolidge, Coordinator of Fenway’s LGBT Family and Parenting Services and AI Program. “I know I speak for the whole AI team when I say we always found her always willing to to make herself available for any issues or questions. We’ve always appreciated her patience and ability to bridge the gaps between departments and institutions. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to have worked with her.”
Dr. Mason passes the torch to Dr. Rebekah Viloria, who will join the Women’s Health team this July.
Please join us in congratulating and thanking Dr. Mason for 15 years of world-class medical leadership!
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