Surgeon David Mason Building Thoracic Program at Baylor in Dallas

A decade after thoracic surgeon and mesothelioma specialist Dr. David Mason built his practice at the Cleveland Clinic, he has begun building a new multidisciplinary program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The progression has been invigorating for Mason, the center's new chief of thoracic surgery and lung transplantation, as well as for the patients he now serves. Mason is constructing the new thoracic surgery program - the first of its kind in Dallas - that will attract top specialists in pulmonology, radiology, pathology, oncology and surgery. These specialists will work together to improve patient care across Texas. A major part of it will be a thoracic oncology department, which will include a new focus on pleural mesothelioma cancer. "It's almost like starting from scratch, bringing all the parts together," Mason told Asbestos.com. "It's exciting to build something like this from the ground floor, taking your experiences over time and putting them together to build the best possible program. I think patients will benefit greatly." Mason will be drawing from his years at the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is taking the best ideas from each, while leaving behind those that didn't work so well. "Sometimes, starting from scratch is easier than changing what someone else had previously done," he said. "It provides the opportunity to build a program the way y...
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