Department of Surgery Welcomes Plastic Surgery Section Chief Dr. Aaron Mason

Friday, January 14, 2022

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Surgery is pleased to welcome Aaron Mason, MD, FACS, FAAP, as clinical associate professor and chief of the plastic surgery section in the Division of Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Mason is board certified in both plastic surgery and general pediatrics. He specializes in adult reconstructive surgery and pediatric plastic surgery, with clinical interests that include breast reconstructive surgery, abdominal wall reconstruction, lower extremity reconstruction, adult facial trauma, and pediatric plastic surgery including cleft lip/palate and craniofacial care, dermatologic surgery and vascular lesions.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Mason join our department,” said Valentine Nfonsam, MD, MS, FACS interim chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology. “He is a well-respected national leader who will bring his expertise to our institution to develop and grow a plastic surgery program, providing excellent care to our patients while serving our community.”

“I like to make my patients comfortable and feel included and active as participants in their care. Being engaged is a healthy first step toward outstanding outcomes,” Dr. Mason said.

Dedicated to surgical education, Dr. Mason organized and secured accreditation for West Virginia’s first integrated plastic surgery residency program during his tenure there, serving as program director for the new program. He has received two Cornerstone of Recovery Awards; the Distinguished Teaching Award; and the Bernard Zimmerman, MD Award for Outstanding Attending Surgeon.

He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Mason enjoys the outdoors and activities including hiking and biking. His two dogs keep him busy, and he is always up for travel. Some of his favorite stops include Melbourne, Australia; Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, CA; anywhere in Italy; the south of Spain; and the Islands of Greece.