As one of the largest, most experienced thoracic surgery groups in the world, our surgeons offer virtually every type of thoracic surgery. We specialize in very complex cases as well as groundbreaking surgical procedures, such as minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Thoracic surgeons treat a variety of patients that require surgery on the lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest. Areas of focus for thoracic surgeons are lung cancer, severe emphysema, cancer of the esophagus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), hiatal hernias, swallowing disorders such as achalasia and excessive sweating, usually of the upper extremities called hyperhidrosis.
Take this opportunity to learn more about diseases that can be treated by a thoracic surgeon and have your questions answered in a secure online setting with David Mason, M.D. from the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. David Mason is a staff surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He holds joint appointments as a staff surgeon in the Clinic's Transplantation Center in the Division of Surgery and in the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. He specializes in general thoracic surgery. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery, thoracoscopic and laparoscopic surgery. His clinical interests include lung cancer, esophageal cancer, malignant mesothelioma, lung volume reduction surgery, myasthenia gravis, antireflux surgery, hyperhidrosis, and lung transplantation. He has research interests in all of these areas. Dr. Mason is board certified in general and thoracic surgery.
Following an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Dr. Mason received his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York. He did his internship and residency in general surgery as well as his Thoracic Surgery fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He completed a research fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Mason has held academic appointments at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore as Assistant Professor of Thoracic Surgery.
He has authored or co-authored multiple chapters in medical textbooks on his specialty interests including minimally invasive surgery, video assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy, antireflux surgery, multimodality treatment of lung cancer and esophageal cancer. He has published extensively in leading publications such as the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Thoracic Oncology, Circulation, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and Transplantation.