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Linda J. Mason, MD, FASA
Director of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Loma Linda, CA

About Linda J. Mason, MD, FASA

Linda J. Mason, MD, FASA, is the Director of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. She is also Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University. She is board certified in pediatric anesthesiology and is an editor for the American Board of Anesthesiology Pediatric Anesthesiology Exam.

Dr. Mason received her medical degree and completed her anesthesiology residency at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She furthered her training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, where she completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia and intensive care.

A skilled and sought-after public speaker, Dr. Mason has lent her anesthesia knowledge to the greater medical community by speaking at more than 550 professional meetings over the course of her career.

Dr. Mason has also held several leadership positions for anesthesia medical associations, both at the national and state levels. Most recently, she was named president-elect of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) in October 2017.

Publications

Journal Articles
Mason LJ, Betts EK: Leg Lift and Inspiratory Force, Clinical Signs of Neuromuscular Blockade Reversal in Neonates and Infants.  Anesthesiology 52:5, S441, 1980.

Jacobsen WK, Briggs BA, Mason LJ:  Paradoxical air embolism associated with a central total parenteral nutrition catheter.  Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 11, No. 5, pp. 388-389, 1983.

Jacobsen WK, Mason LJ, Briggs BA, Schneider S, Thompson JC:  Correlation of spontaneous respiration and neurologic damage in near-drowning. Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 11, No. 7, pg. 487-489, 1984.

Mason LJ, Jacobsen WK, Lau CA, Roddy SM, Briggs BA, Hough JM.  Temperature instability as an early predictive factor of brain death in paediatric near-drowning victims.  Acta anaesth. belg. 1985, 36, 230-233.

Mason LJ, Cojocaru TT, Cole DJ.  Oxygen Delivery to the Brain.  Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology.  Vol. 8, pg. 381-385, 1995.

Mason LJ.  Challenges in Pediatric Ambulatory Anesthesia.  Anesth Analg 84:S90-96, 1997.

Mason LJ.  Challenges in Pediatric Ambulatory Anesthesia.  Anesth Analg 88:S64-70, 1999.

Mason LJ, Cojocaru TT, Jacobsen WJ, Cole DJ.  The Effects of Inhalational Anesthetics on CBF and Metabolism. Problems in Anesthesia 12:450-460, 2000.

Applegate RL, Mason LJ, Thompson TL.  Anesthetic Management of Pediatric Cardiac Transplantation.  Seminars in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Anesthesia 5:55-61, 2001.

Mason LJ, Applegate RL, Thompson TL.  Anesthesia for Noncardiac Surgery in Pediatric Patients Following Cardiac Transplantation.  Seminars in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Anesthesia 5:62-66, 2001.

Mason LJ.  Pitfalls and Problems in Pediatric Anesthesia.  Anesth Analg 94:S70-76, 2002.

Mason LJ.  An update on the etiology and prevention of anesthesia-related cardiac arrest in children.  Pediatric Anesthesia 14:412-416, 2004. (May)

Lee C, Mason LJ.  Complications in Paediatric Anaesthesia.  Curr Opin Anaesthesiol 19;262-267, 2006. (June)

Cain JM, Mason LJ, Martin RD.  Airway management in two of newborns with Pierre Robin Sequence; the use of disposable vs multiple use LMA for fiberoptic intubation.  Pediatr Anesth 2006;16:1274-6. (December)

Mason LJ.  Challenges in Pediatric Ambulatory Anesthesia.  IARS Review Course Lectures Anesth Analg 2007;pages 58-62.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Bertolizio G, Mason L, Bissonnette B.  Brain temperature: heat production, elimination and clinical relevance.  Pediatr Anesth 2011;21:347-58. (April)

Bertolizio G, Bissonnette B, Mason L, Ashwal S, Hartman R, Marcantonio S, Obenaus A.  Effects of hemodilution after traumatic brain injury in juvenile rats.  Pediatr Anesth 2011;21:1198-1208. (December)

Hanna AH, Mason LJ.  Challenges in paediatric ambulatory anesthesia.  Curr Opin Anaesthesiol 2012;25:315-20.

Lauer R, Vadi M, Mason L.  Anaesthetic Management of the Child with Co-existing Pulmonary Disease.  BJA 2012;109:i47-i59.

Nour C, Ratsiu J, Singh N, Mason L, Ray A, Martin M, Hassanian M, Uhler J, Applegate R II.  Analgesic effectiveness of acetaminophen for primary cleft palate repair in young children: A randomized placebo-controlled trial.  Paediatr Anaesth 2014;24:574-81.

Abstracts
Schneider S, Jacobsen WK, Mason LJ:  Prognostic Effect of Spontaneous Respiration in Childhood Near Drowning.  Paper was presented at the Federation of Western Societies of Neurological Science.  February 28, 1982, Los Angeles.

Mason LJ, Jacobsen WJ, Martin RD, Brauer FS.  Departmental block examination as a predictive value of performance on the ABA/ASA In-Training examination.  Paper presented at ASA, San Francisco, CA, October 1985.

Ma J, Mason L.  A case report on the anesthetic management of a child with severe hemophilia A with inhibitors for dental surgery.  Abstract/poster presented at SPA, Phoenix, AZ, March 14, 2015.

Chapters
Mason LJ.  “Recovery of the Pediatric Patient” Manual of Post Anesthesia Care. Saunders, 1992.

Mason LJ, Cojocaru TT, Cole DJ.  Surgical Intervention and Anesthetic Management of the Patient with Parkinson’s Disease.  International Anesthesiology Clinics - Topics in Neuroanesthesia.  Little, Brown & Company, Vol. 34, No. 4, pg. 133-150, Fall 1996.

Mason LJ, Cole DJ.  Anesthetic Management and Surgical Interventions for the Patient with Parkinson’s Disease or Epilepsy.  In: ASA Refresher Courses in Anesthesiology.  Editor - AJ Schwartz.  Publisher - Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, 28:121-133, 2000.

Lee C, Mason LJ.  Pediatric Cardiac Emergencies.  Anesthesiology Clinics of North America 19:287-308, 2001.

Mason LJ.  Malignant Hyperthermia.  Adult Perioperative Anesthesia: The Requisites in Anesthesiology.  Co-Editors - Daniel Cole and Michelle Schlunt.  Publisher - Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia, 1:413-421, 2004.

Mason LJ.  Allergic Reactions.  Adult Perioperative Anesthesia: The Requisites in Anesthesiology.  Co-Editors - Daniel Cole and Michelle Schlunt.  Publisher - Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia, 1:422-429, 2004.

Mason LJ, Applegate RL II, Thompson T, Kim M.  Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia.  Editors Carol Lake and Peter Booker.  Publisher - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.  4:551-581, 2005.

Lee C, Luginbuehl I, Bissonnette B, Mason LJ.  Diseases Presenting in Pediatric Patients.  Stoelting’s Anesthesia and Co-existing Disease.  Editors Roberta L. Hines and Katherine E. Marschall.  Fifth Edition.  Publisher – Churchill Livingstone/Saunders/Elsevier, Philadelphia.  Chapter 23, pages 581-637, 2008.

Ghazal EA, Mason LJ, Cote CJ.  Preoperative Evaluation, Premedication, and Induction of Anesthesia.  A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children.  Editors – Charles J. Cote, Jerrold Lerman, & I. David Todres.  Fourth Edition.  Publisher – Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia.  Chapter 4, pages 37-69, 2009.

Mason L.  Anesthetizing the Pediatric Patient with Coexisting Disease.  In: Rosenblatt M, Butterworth JF IV, Gross JB (eds).  ASA Refresher Courses in Anesthesiology 37:141-52, 2009.  Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Jacobson B, Wald S, Mason L.  Anesthesia for the Patient with Coexisting Diseases.  In: Pediatric Anesthesia: Basic Principles, State-of-the-Art, Future.  Edited by Bruno Bissonnette, and Subeditors - Brian J. Anderson, Adrian Bosenberg, Thomas Engelhardt, Linda J. Mason, & Joseph D. Tobias.  Shelton, CT: People’s Medical Publishing House; 2011, pp. 942-967.

Lake CL, Mason LJ, Booker PD.  Cardiovascular Procedures: Anesthetic Considerations.  In: Pediatric Anesthesia Basic Principles, State-of-the-Art, Future.  Edited by Bruno Bissonnette, and Subeditors - Brian J. Anderson, Adrian Bosenberg, Thomas Engelhardt, Linda J. Mason, & Joseph D. Tobias.  Shelton, CT: People’s Medical Publishing House; 2011, pp. 1609-1640.

Ghazal EA, Mason LJ, Cote CJ.  Preoperative Evaluation, Premedication, and Induction of Anesthesia.  A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children.  Editors – Charles J. Cote & Jerrold Lerman.  Fifth Edition.  Publisher – Elsevier, Philadelphia.  Chapter 4, 2013, pp. 31-63.

Ghazal EA, Vadi MG, Mason LJ, Cote CJ.  Preoperative Evaluation, Premedication, and Induction of Anesthesia.  A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children.  Editors – Charles J. Cote, Jerrold Lerman & Brian Anderson.  Sixth Edition.  Publisher – Elsevier, Philadelphia.  Chapter 4, 2018, pp 35-68.

Articles Reviewed by Linda J. Mason, MD, FASA

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