MA Endowment supports physician education

As an Emergency Medicine physician at Ascension St. John Hospital and a faculty and clinical assistant professor at Wayne State School of Medicine, Marson Ma Jr., MD, was highly respected by the entire Emergency Medicine community, colleagues in other disciplines and ancillary services, and patients.

Instrumental in establishing the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Ascension St. John Hospital, he was a faculty member since the program’s inception. Dr. Ma had a 23-year career with the hospital before passing away in June 2015. He influenced the careers of more than 180 residents and was named “Teacher of the Year” numerous times and recognized by his peers as a “Top Doc” in Hour Magazine. His commitment to bedside teaching and development of his “Marson Stars” teaching tools are still appreciated by residents, students, nurses and patients.

Patients loved Dr. Ma. He was a patient advocate and received numerous compliments from patients and families, while minimizing the anxiety of patients with his unique sense of humor and calmness. With Dr. Ma spending his entire post residency career at Ascension St. John Hospital, he saw a lot patients—an average of 6,977 patients per year, totaling approximately 157,000 emergency medicine patients!

As an experienced clinician and pharmacist, Dr. Ma was a member of numerous hospital committees and a lifetime member of The GUILD, the men’s fundraising organization which supports the hospital.

To honor Dr. Ma and his passion for teaching the Medical Director and Chair of Emergency Medicine, Robert Takla, MD, and his colleagues established an endowment in his name. The Marson Ma Jr., MD, Endowment provides support for education and training of Emergency Medicine residents and physicians at the hospital while leaving a lasting tribute to Dr. Ma.

More than $54,000 has been contributed to the endowment so far, and additional contributions are being accepted. Funds collected are held and invested to generate perpetual revenue for expenses related to education and training, i.e., hosting or attending educational conferences, lectures and seminars to learn skills to assist physicians in providing the highest quality patient care experience.

To learn more or make a contribution to the Ma Endowment, please call 313-343-7481.