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IN MEMORIAM: Mason Howard, M.D.

Kendrick Mason Howard, M.D. passed away on January 12, 2019 at the age of 86.  A Denver native, Dr. Howard received his medical degree from the University of Colorado as well as completing  an Orthopaedic Surgery residency program at the medical school.  He had an orthopaedic practice in Englewood and Littleton for 21 years.

At different times in his career, he served as president of the Arapahoe Medical Society, president of the Colorado Medical Society, president of the medical staff of Swedish Medical Center/Porter Memorial Hospital, trustee & board chair at Swedish, and trustee and chairman at HealthONE Alliance.

During his tenure as president of the Colorado Medical Society, he foresaw a medical liability insurance crisis in the making for area physicians.  With a group of like-minded physicians, he founded the physician-owned liability carrier, COPIC, in 1981 which encompasses: the COPIC Trust, COPIC Insurance Company and COPIC Medical Foundation.  It is the leading medical professional liability insurance provider in Colorado and recognized as a leader in patient safety and risk management.  He was founding chairman and CEO of COPIC from 1984 through 2000.

Dr. Howard was recognized by the Physician Insurance Association of America with its Peter Sweetland Award of Excellence for his commitment to his professional colleagues and to the people they serve.  (PIAA was renamed the Medical Professional Liability Association in 2018.)



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