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Dr. Roger Mason
International Medical Centers of Excellence, Inc.
Caribbean Healing Arts, Inc.
WeCare & WeDeliver, Inc.
Access for Life, Inc.
Dr. Roger A. Mason is a USA trained, double board-certified general and vascular surgeon who practiced surgery in Trinidad and Tobago from 2003-2009 and more recently in The Turks and Caicos Islands (2010). He currently maintains an active general and vascular surgical practice in Warren, Arkansas while participating in the activities of his healthcare companies. A graduate of Yale University and Yale Medical School, Dr. Mason completed his surgical residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center followed by a vascular surgery fellowship under Dr. Michael DeBakey at Baylor University Medical Center, Houston.
While working in Trinidad and Tobago and consulting in a number of other Caribbean nations (Grenada, Guyana, Antigua, and Barbados), Dr. Mason was frequently challenged by existing medical conditions in his desire to deliver first-class care to his patients. Determined to improve conditions, Dr. Mason formed Caribbean Healing Arts, Inc (2005) to fast-track achievement of this objective through a socially responsible, private enterprise company.
Dr. Mason conceived a unique private sector model that improves healthcare delivery almost immediately in developing countries by harnessing the economic engine of medical tourism to achieve the desired objective. Immersed in the medical tourism industry since 2005, Dr. Mason’s innovative plan has received widespread recognition in numerous Caribbean countries and in the international medical tourism industry. In 2019, CHA transitioned into International Medical Centers of Excellence, Inc (IMCE) whose scope of operations expanded beyond the Caribbean nations to include Africa. IMCE’s initial project in Africa includes a Medical City in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where a Medical Center of Excellence (a 125 bed Surgical Specialty Hospital), a Nursing school, Medical school, and biomedical research center is slated to be built on a prime site in Addis Ababa.
In the Caribbean, IMCE is in negotiations to build Medical Cities in Jamaica and the Bahamas.
IMCE’s affiliated partners enjoy outstanding reputations in the international hospital industry with competency in the design and construction of medical tourism hospitals as well as for hospital administration after the facility is ready for business. IMCE has a strategy to recruit world-class physicians and nurses to work at the medical center as well as an experienced marketing team to attract medical tourism patients. IMCE's mission is to improve the general quality of healthcare in each of the emerging nations in which it is engaged, creating a profitable surgical hospital where nationals enjoy access to the same quality of care as medical tourists.
In 2015, Dr. Mason assembled a team of seasoned domestic healthcare executives and launched a US based healthcare delivery company, WeCare&WeDeliver, Inc that is focused on transforming the health care delivery in the US by more effectively integrating medical services delivered by a more personally oriented team of healthcare providers. This patient centric system offers an Integrated Behavioral Health program that addresses the growing epidemic of chronic medical diseases. Its programs offer a more holistic approach to each patient, addressing each patient's medical, mental, emotional and behavioral challenges with integrated care management that addresses all challenges jeopardizing the patient's health.
Care is delivered as much as possible in the patient's home setting where medical metrics are tracked daily by advanced telemedicine and tele-monitoring. Adverse medical trends are detected early before costly medical crises arise, thereby markedly reducing the overall health expenditure to achieve optimal medical care.
Most recently, this program has expanded to treat the full range of behavioral health conditions including psychiatric illness and addiction medicine. WC&WD integrated, comprehensive system for treating behavioral health diseases is being launched in SE Arkansas, and will serve as a model project for the entire state, as well as nationally.
Finally, Dr. Mason, as an inventor, has several patents which include two medical inventions under development that are anticipated to be major breakthroughs in the delivery of healthcare. One of the inventions will dramatically improve the survival of patients who depend on chronic, repetitive vascular access (kidney failure patients requiring dialysis and cancer patients) by using a device that makes vascular access much safer and far less costly. The second invention is a medical diagnostic software that harnesses the AI of a computer to remarkably empower physicians and other healthcare providers to make much more accurate diagnoses and which will then direct the healthcare provider to the most effective and least costly medical management of that patient.