IWF is excited to welcome Dr. Marion Mass as a visiting fellow. Dr. Mass is experienced in navigating the often tumultuous waters where health care and law meet. She not only practices medicine, but she also advocates for lowering costs and improving access in front of diverse audiences. She is an expert in health care, and she will bring a valuable voice to IWF. 

“It matters so much to America that medical care be affordable and accessible. It’s not. It’s draining our wages and savings, and impeding our economic freedom and well-being,” said Dr. Mass. “Women are more likely to have to coordinate medical appointments for their children, their parents, and themselves. I’ve been working on exposing the hidden cost of care and the barriers to access, and I’m honored to be the first physician visiting fellow to add what I’ve learned and to learn from this group of brilliant women.”

Meet Dr. Mass below. 

Dr. Marion Mass graduated from Duke University Medical School, trained at Northwestern’s Robert Lurie Hospital in pediatrics, and has worked as a pediatrician in suburban Philadelphia for 24 years serving in the hospital, newborn unit, emergency room, primary care, and urgent care settings. 

She is the co-founder of the non-partisan Practicing Physicians Of America and part of the leadership team of the Free2care coalition. She is the first author of the Free2Care position paper on reducing cost and waste in American Healthcare. Free2Care is 34 member groups, consisting of 8 million Americans, 70,000 are physicians.

She has organized and led two bipartisan symposiums at the Library of Congress regarding lowering healthcare cost and improving access and advises multiple lawmakers on how to do the same. 

She has written numerous opinion pieces on cost and access in multiple outlets including The WSJ, Real Clear Health, Philly Inquirer, The Hill, the New York Post, Philly Burbs, and more.

In her community, she serves on the board of the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership and served for seven years on the Editorial Board of the Bucks County Courier Times. When her children were in school, she served on Wellness councils in the Central Bucks School system. 

She is a self-taught organic vegetable and fruit gardener, and cook. 

She has been married to surgeon Stephen Mass since 1995. They have three adult children.