Staff Surgeon, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Phone: 216-445-6860
Address: 9500 Euclid Avenue, F24 Cleveland, Ohio 44195

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Dr. David Mason is a staff surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He holds joint appointments: the Transplantation Center, Division of Surgery as well as in the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. Dr. Mason’s specialties include general thoracic surgery, minimally invasive thoracoscopic and laparoscopic surgery, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, malignant mesothelioma and lung transplantation. He is board certified in general and thoracic surgery.

Educational Background

Dr. Mason graduated top of his class as cum laude from Harvard University and got his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Following his education in New York, he did his residency and internship in general surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Subsequently, he advanced his training by accepting a fellowship position as Senior Research Fellow in Vascular Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by another fellowship in Thoracic Surgery from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Throughout his career, Dr. Mason has held a specific interest in matters regarding surgery, specifically thoracic surgeries and lung diseases. As part of his research he has been involved in several publications and journal articles regarding various aspects of his specialty. He has authored or co-authored numerous chapters in medical textbooks on his specialty interests including videothoracoscopic surgery, Barrett’s Esophagus, video-assisted thoracic surgery and gastroesophageal reflux. He has published articles in leading publications such as the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Circulation and Journal of Vascular Surgery. Samples of his publications published by Dr. Mason et al. include:

Mason DP, Orgill DP, Schoen FJ, Rizzo RJ. Traumativ carotid artery dissection of restrained driver and thoracic aorta transaction of unrestrained passenger in a motor vehicle accident: case report. J Trauma 1997;43(3):537 — 40.
Kinsella MG, Fischer JW, Mason DP, Wight TN. Retrovirally mediated expression of decorin by macrovascular endothelial cells: effects on cellular migration and fibronectin fibrillogenesis in vitro. J Biol Chem 2000;275:13924 — 13932.
Brock MV, Hooker CM, Syphard JE, Westra W, Xu L, Alberg AJ, Mason D, Baylin SB, Herman JG, Yung RC, Brahmer J, Rudin CM, Ettinger DS, Yang SC. Surgical resection of limited disease small cell lung cancer in the new era of platinum chemotherapy: Its time has come. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2005 Jan; 129(1):64 — 72.
Brock MV, Hooker CM, Yung R, Guo M, Han Y, Ames SE, Chang D, Yang SC, Mason D, Sussman M, Baylin SB, Herman JG. Can we improve the cytologic examination of malignant pleural effusions using molecular analysis? Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2005 Oct; 80(4):1241 — 1247.
Rice TW, McKelvey AA, Richter JE, Baker ME, Vaezi MF, Feng Jinyuan, Murthy SC, Mason DP, Blackstone EH. A physiologic clinical study of achalasia: Should Dor fundoplication be added to Heller myotomy? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2005 Dec;130(6):1593 — 1600.
Mason DP. General thoracic surgery, Radical Transsternal Thymectomy.Operative Techniques in Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, a Comparative Atlas, 2005 Autumn; 10(3):231 — 243.
Mason DP, Quader MA, Blackstone EH, Rajeswaran J, DeCamp MM, Murthy SC, Quader AK, Rice TW. Thromboembolism after pneumonectomy for malignancy: An independent marker of poor outcome. J of Thorac and Cardiovasc Surg, 2006 March;131(3):711-718.
Shah SS, Karnak D, Mason DP, Murthy SC, Pettersson G, Budev M, Mehta AC. Pulmonary transplantation in Mounier-Kuhn syndrome: A case report. J of Thorac and Cardiovasc Surg, 2006;131(3):757-8.
Karnak D, Shah SS, Solovera-Rozas M, Murthy SC, Mehta AC, Mason DP. Repair of sternal dehiscence after bilateral lung transplantation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2006 Aug;132(2):425-6.
Mason DP, Mihaljevic T, Mazzone PJ, Murthy SC, Rice TW. Extrapleural pneumonectomy for scimitar syndrome. J of Thorac and Cardiovasc Surg, 2006 Sep;132(3):704-5.
Chapters from medical textbooks that Dr. Mason has published include but are not limited to:

Mason DP, Swanson SJ. VATS the future [In] DiFalco G, ed: Atlas of Videothoracoscopic Surgery (Atlante Chirurgico Di Videotoracoscopia). Milan, Italy: Masson S.p.A., 1999:205 — 11.
Mason DP, Swanson SJ. Lung Cancer — Diagnosis and treatment. [In] Demmy TL, ed: Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) Georgetown, TX: Landes Bioscience, 2001:79-98.
Mason DP, Swanson SJ. Esophageal Cancer — Diagnosis and treatment [In] Demmy TL, ed: Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) George, TX: Landes Bioscience, 2001:99 — 114.
Mason DP. Barrett’s Esophagus [In] Lillemoe KD, Schulick RD, eds., Inc., 2004.
Mason DP. Gastroesophageal Reflux [In] Lillemoe KD, Schulick RD, eds., Inc., 2004.
Mason DP, Yang SC. Video-assisted thoracic surgery for the treatment of empyema. [In] Talamini MA, ed. Advanced therapy in minimally invasive surgery. Hamilton, Ont.: B.C. Decker, 2006. Chapter 12. p. 91-95.
Distinctions and Honors

Dr. Mason was appointed as a staff surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center Transplantion Center and Cancer Center in 2004. In 2006, he was named Teach of the Year in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the American College of Chest Physicians.


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