Alexander M. Mason, MD, FAANS

Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Neurosurgeon
Brain and Spine Tumors

Biography

Alexander M. Mason, MD, FAANS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine. A Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Mason is the lead Emory-affiliated neurosurgeon at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta treating all neurosurgical conditions. He has privileges at all Emory University Hospitals in the region. His focus continues to be a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to neurosurgical patients, with an emphasis on conservative management when possible, and forward-thinking, evidenced-based treatments when necessary.

Prior to arriving at Emory, Dr. Mason worked in Boulder and Denver as a neurosurgical partner in private practice with an emphasis on cerebrovascular and stroke, as well as neuro-oncology. In addition to diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of neurosurgical disorders, he continued to be productive in academic research and other scholarly activities. During his practice tenure in Colorado, he also worked at the University of Colorado affiliated Level 1 trauma center, Denver Health Medical Center. 

Dr. Mason has been active in organized neurosurgery, and is an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). He is a co-delegate and AANS/CNS appointee for the RVS Update Committee (RUC), as well as a regular instructor and author of the AANS-sponsored Coding and Reimbursement course.

Education

Dr. Mason received his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from The Ohio State University College of Medicine with honors in Neurosurgery and other disciplines. Dr. Mason completed his general surgical, and then neurosurgical internships at Case Western University. He went on to complete his neurosurgical residency at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, culminating with a year as Chief Resident.

Dr. Mason has completed two fellowships in neurosurgery. During residency, he was awarded the Charles Plante Public Policy Research Fellowship, given by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. While in Washington D.C. during this fellowship, he worked as a fellow for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and was an advisor and significant contributor to the first stem-cell legislation passed in Congress. Upon completing his neurosurgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mason completed fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at Emory University with a focus on cerebrovascular disease.

Research

Dr. Mason's research interests have focused in cerebrovascular and other neurosurgical subject areas. He has researched stroke outcomes, cerebrovascular disease and treatment, and atypical variants of aneurysms, such as mycotic- and pseudo-aneurysms. Dolichoectasia of the cerebral vasculature is of particular interest. He has been an investigator or co-investigator on several clinical and device-oriented research trials.

Publications

Dr. Mason has authored or co-authored numerous scientific articles, abstracts and chapters, as well as poster presentations. He has been an invited contributing editor of World Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery.

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Awards

In medical school, Dr. Mason was awarded the prestigious Jonasson Award for Exceptional Performance in Surgery, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor society. In residency, he was given the Award of Excellence, a service oriented honor, and the Charles Plante Public Policy fellowship. While in practice, he was co-author on both the Best Paper Award given by the North American Spine Society, and a finalist for the Mario Boni Award at the Cervical Spine Research Society. He has also been awarded the Patients' Choice Physician award, a patient-nominated award.

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