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Dr. Robert Mason joined Tidewater Orthopaedics in 2018.  He is fellowship-trained by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in hand and upper extremity surgery.  Dr. Mason chose orthopaedics because of his hobbies, carpentry and home improvements, and he could not think of a better career to tie his attention to details with his ability to return patients to activities they enjoy.  He respects his patients’ desires and strives to provide them the ability to meet their goals.  Dr. Mason will be seeing patients at both the Hampton and Williamsburg locations.

Dr. Mason was born and raised in the small town of Malone, NY.  He started his training at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY earning a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering.  His first career was in the manufacturing industry where he worked for several years.  He returned to Clarkson to earn a Masters in Engineering and Global Operations Management.  During this time, his wife became a nurse and  he was exposed to the medical field.  At that point he realized he had missed his calling and decided to leave the field of manufacturing behind to attend medical school.  He attended the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree.   After medical school, Dr. Mason completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY.  Then he completed an additional year of training with a focus on upper extremity surgery, shoulder to hand, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC.

Dr. Mason currently lives in Poquoson, VA with his wife, two children and their husky. He enjoys spending time with his family, whether it is at the beach, watching a movie or playing/watching sports with their children.  In his spare time he enjoys many activities such as basketball, football, baseball, golf, and fishing as well as working on various home improvement projects.


  • 2017-2018
    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
    Winston Salem, NC
    Hand/Upper Extremity Fellowship
  • 2012– 2017
    University of Rochester
    Rochester, NY
    Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
  • 2008 – 2012
    Upstate Medical University
    Syracuse, NY
    Doctor of Medicine
  • 2005 – 2008
    Clarkson University
    Potsdam, NY
    Master of Science – Engineering and Global Operations Management
  • 1997-2001
    Clarkson University
    Potsdam, NY
    Bachelor of Science – Chemical Engineering

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, board eligible
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow, 2018
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medical License to Practice Medicine and Surgery (#0101263939)

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Candidate Member
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand – Candidate Member

Hospital Affiliations

  • Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex
  • CarePlex Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Center (COASC)
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

Research and Publications

  • Mason RC and Hammert WC.  Acute Scaphoid Fracture Management: Dorsal Approach.  In J. Yao (Ed.), Scaphoid Fractures and Nonunions. A Clinical Casebook. Springer International Publishing Switzlerland. Sep 2015.  Ch3: 21-34.
  • Mason RC, Buckley T, Southgate R, Nicandri G, Miller R, Voloshin I.  Radiographic analysis of humeral stem subsidence in shoulder arthroplasty using lesser tuberosity osteotomy or subscapularis tenotomy with functional outcomes.  (Accepted for Publication in Am J Orthop)
  • Mason R and Baumhauer J. Letter to the Editor: Comparison of Cannulated Screws Versus Compression Staples for Subtalar Arthrodesis Fixation.  Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Oct 36 (10): 1253
  • Lavelle WF, Bianco A, Mason R, Betz RR, Albanese SA.  Pediatric disk herniation.  J Am Acad Orthop Surg.  2011 Nov; 19 (11): 649-56. 
  • West KR, Mason RC, Sun M.  Nocardia spinal epidural abscess: 14 year follow-up.  Orthopedics. 2012 Jan 16;35 (1): e128-31 doi: 10.3928/01477447-20111122-27

NEW Hand Center Offers Specialty Care to the Peninsula

Reasons Not to Delay Orthopaedic Surgery

Tidewater Orthopaedics welcomes Dr. Robert C. Mason, Upper Extremity Specialist

Tidewater Orthopaedics is happy to announce the arrival of their new upper extremity specialist to the practice.

Dr. Robert Mason joins...

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