Dr. Mascia is the founder and President of Veritas Health Care (VHC), a global non-profit that is dedicated to Building Better Health and Health Care through Patient-Physician Cooperation and Cooperatives. Currently working clinically as an Intensivist, he cares for critically ill and injured patients at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Mascia obtained his combined MD, MPH degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Public Health in 1972. After his Family Medicine internship, he served as a resident and chief resident in the University of Miami department of Family Medicine. His 14 year Family Medicine career in rural Maine included, but was not limited to full spectrum patient care, preventive care, care of the sick and injured at the local hospital, private homes, area nursing homes and his office, writing (he co-authored “The Stress Management Workbook: An action plan for taking control of your life and health”), community action (he founded The Health Development Institute, a non profit community health education organization), served as Chief of Staff and on many local hospital committees, and counseled many patients on health and wellness through his office practice and the hospital programs he helped develop. In addition, he designed and built the Continuous Quality and Performance Improvement program for the local hospital that raised the bar on QIPI to a scientific standard.
Dr. Mascia’s Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Hyperbaric Medicine training at the University of Maryland and Shock Trauma was completed by the end of 1991 and since early 1992, he has limited his clinical work to Anesthesiology and Critical Care in several academic tertiary care centers. Board certified in Critical Care and Anesthesiology, he established the Anesthesiology Critical Care Division and Fellowship at SUNY in Syracuse, New York, and continued clinical, teaching, research and administrative work at Tulane, West Virginia University, and most recently at Geisigner Medical Center.
When not caring for critically ill and injured patients, Michael F. Mascia, MD, MPH has a professional focus on writing (The Stress Management Workbook, Inside Katrina), building quality and performance improvement tools (StepWisley®™©, IQFirst™©, B2=Best Care™©, Take The Best Care™©, Building Best Practices) and Building Better Health and Health Care through VHC (the non profit) and his private consulting company. He is currently exploring and expanding provision of care and supervision, teaching, administration and research through www, telephone, telemedicine, internet and all electronic means that are likely to enhance front line patient care. Outside of his professional work, he enjoys writing, swimming, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, walking in the woods, sculpture, painting, landscape, visiting family and other fun things.