The Info List - James O. Mason

James Ostermann Mason (born June 19, 1930) is an American medical doctor and public health administrator. He was the United States Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) from 1989 to 1993 and the Acting Surgeon General of the United States
Surgeon General of the United States
from 1989 to 1990. As the ASH he was also a former four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He was also a director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mason earned B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah
and a Ph.D.
in public health from Harvard University. He was the first managing director of the LDS Church's Unified Welfare Services, directing the church's hospital system. He served as the executive director of the Utah
Department of Health until 1983, when he was named director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia; Mason held the directorship of the CDC until 1989. In 1993, he was presented with the Gorgas Medal
Gorgas Medal
from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS).[citation needed] In 1989, the U.S. Senate
U.S. Senate
confirmed Mason as Assistant Secretary for Health, which made him head of the United States Public Health Service, and Acting Surgeon General. He later served as the American delegate to the World Health Organization. In 1994, he was appointed as a general authority by the LDS Church, serving in the Second Quorum of the Seventy until 2000. From 2000 to 2003, Mason was president of the church's Bountiful Utah
Temple. As a young man, Mason served an LDS Church mission to Denmark. Before his appointment as a general authority, Mason served in the church as a bishop, stake president, and regional representative. In 1974, while serving as Church Commissioner for Health Services, Mason wrote a pamphlet for the church titled, "Attitudes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Toward Certain Medical Problems", which expresses the church's views on abortion, birth control, and homosexuality.[1] Notes[edit]

^ Bush, Lester E., Jr. (1993). Health and medicine among the Latter-day Saints: Science, Sense, and Scripture. Crossroad. p. 227. ISBN 0824512197. OCLC 26400043. 


"Elder James O. Mason of the Seventy", Ensign, May 1994

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United States Assistant Secretaries for Health

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Surgeons General of the United States

Woodworth Hamilton Wyman Blue Cumming Parran Scheele Burney Terry Stewart Steinfeld Ehrlich (acting) Richmond Brandt (acting) Koop Mason (acting) Novello Whitney (acting) Elders Manley (acting) Satcher Moritsugu (acting) Carmona Moritsugu (acting) Galson (acting) Weaver (acting) Benjamin Lushniak (acting) Murthy Trent-Adams (acting) Adams

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