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About Alexander Mason, MD
Striving for excellence in patient care and healing
“Disorders of the brain and spine represent some of the most challenging aspects of medicine and surgery … and offer the potential to find some of the most grateful patients. Today, the field of neurosurgery is a rapidly evolving. Medical and technological advances can make a significant difference in treatment strategies and potential cures. My colleagues and I are committed to offering leading edge neurosurgical care to maximize the opportunities for individual patients, even in the most challenging conditions.”
“I have had the privilege of performing brain and spinal surgeries on patients from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nebraska, as well as consultations on patients from around the country. Having worked and held positions of leadership at centers of excellence in Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic and Emory University, my goal is to provide world-class evaluation and treatment of neurosurgical disorders for our patients.”
“Fortunately, many patients who require evaluation for neurosurgical disorders of the brain, neck or spine will not require surgical treatment. Patients can often be managed conservatively or with routine therapy. For those patients who require surgical treatment, my goal is straightforward: provide the most advanced care possible for the condition in question and focus on curing the patient. Depending on the problem, a multi-disciplinary approach is often used. For example, for a complex brain condition, such as a brain tumor, proper evaluation and treatment may require involving neurologists, therapists, radiologists, hematologist-oncologists, and radiation-oncologists. For a more straightforward condition, such as a cervical herniated disk, a smaller team of therapists and physiatrists may be involved. Importantly, the approach to your care will be customized and as such, your care will be optimized.”
Dr. Mason is a member of the medical staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center and the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute (MISI) in Lafayette (a suburb of Denver), Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, and Boulder Community Hospital in Boulder, Colorado.
Dr. Mason received a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He distinguished himself academically with numerous accolades for his academics, community service and research, including being awarded full-grant funding to continue his research studies while still an undergraduate.
Dr. Mason received his Medical Degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. He went on to complete his neurosurgical residency at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio with interests in complex and minimally invasive spine, vascular surgery and cerebrovascular disease including aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations, neuro-oncology, and surgical epilepsy. During his residency, Dr. Mason was awarded the Charles Plante Public Policy Fellowship and spent a year on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. working on neurosurgical and medical public policy for the Senate Majority Leader as a Health Care Advisor.
After completing his residency, including a year as Chief Resident at the Cleveland Clinic, he completed a formal fellowship in Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Neuro-oncologic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta where, among other clinical accomplishments, he performed over 200 aneurysm surgeries in a single year.
Dr. Mason is a member of the Board of Directors for the Justin Parker Neurological Institute, a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with an annual budget of approximately $250,000. The Institute’s principle purpose is to conduct and disseminate clinical research and other information to patients and the medical community. Dr. Mason is also on the Trauma committee both at Good Samaritan Medical Center and Longmont United Hospital, working towards improving trauma services in the region. Dr. Mason is also an Organizer and Speaker for the annual regional neurosurgical symposium entitled Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders. This symposium is organized by Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates and draws approximately 200 physicians and allied health care providers each year.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Mason has written and presented numerous abstracts at national neurosurgical meetings. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed articles, he also wrote chapters discussing the latest and most advanced brain tumor research, treatment of brain aneurysms, and spinal surgery techniques for the major neurosurgical textbooks. He is one of the few neurosurgeons in the region who trains other surgeons using the advanced stereotactic navigation systems. He is currently participating as an investigator in several ongoing clinical studies involving spine, tumor and vascular research.
He is a member of American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), North American Spine Society (NASS),), AANS/CNS Section on Tumors, Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves and the Cerebrovascular Section. He is currently an active member of the Coding and Reimbursement Section of the AANS and CNS, and is one of the few neurosurgeons in the country who actively authors and debates appropriate coding policies for physicians around the country for the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC), an AMA sponsored organization. Dr. Mason also teaches the coding courses sponsored by the AANS for appropriate and responsible coding by neurosurgeons.
Dr. Mason is a devoted father of three year-old twins, and husband of a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Physician who works at the University of Colorado. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and is an avid runner. He enjoys recreational climbing, camping and skiing with his family and friends.
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