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Dr. Dean Towle Mason Honored by Marquis Who's Who for Services to Cardiovascular Medicine

Dr. Mason's remarkable career as a physician and prolific scientific author stands as a monument for every doctor who hopes to heal the heart of their patient

    EL MACERO, CA, June 28, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dr. Dean Towle Mason has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

The incredible medical career of Dr. Mason is a heartfelt success story from start to finish. From his birth just a few years before the start of World War II to his prolific medical career spanning the breadth of the nation, Dr. Mason has left an indelible mark on the annals of cardiovascular medicine in America. Dr. Mason has authored over 1000 articles and 50 books on cardiovascular disease, drawing from a seemingly endless well of scientific spirit and medical experience.

Dr. Mason began his career graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University majoring in chemistry. When he graduated Duke University Medical School in 1958 he left first in his class, going on to intern at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He would return to both institutions for his medical residency, but from there Dr. Mason has practiced medicine all over the map. Notably, he served as Senior Assistant Surgeon and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Director for the U.S. Public Health Service at the National Heart Institute and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland during the '60s.

In 1968, Dr. Mason became Founding Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology at the University of California Medical School and Davis-Sacramento Medical Center. Faced with primitive facilities, Dr. Mason and his colleagues still managed to become one of the most productive cardiovascular groups in America. At the age of 44 he became the President of the American College of Cardiology, and went on to become Director of the Cardiac Center at Cedars Medical Center in Florida and Physician-in-Chief at the Western Heart Institute in San Francisco. He found a permanent home with St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco in 1984 as Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and in 2000, Dr. Mason transitioned to honorary medical staff at the same institution.

Over a long career, Dr. Mason has been asked to consult on many different projects, most commonly as a visiting professor at numerous universities on over 500 occasions. He was made an honorary Professor of Medicine at Peking Medical University in 1987, and served on the research review board at the National Institutes of Health. He served as co-chair on the U.S. Pharmacopeia Committee Revision from 1970 to 1975 consulting on cardiovascular-renal drugs. Dr. Mason was also a member of the life sciences committee for NASA. From 1981-96 he was the Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious American Heart Journal, and in 1981 published the landmark symposium on Coronary Thrombolysis. Within the next few years Emergency Coronary Reperfusion of ischemic heart muscle became standard practice worldwide.

Dr. Mason has memberships in a dizzying array of societies: the American Heart Association, the American College of Chest Physicians, the Royal Society of Medicine, the New York Academy of Science, Phi Beta Kappa of course, and Alpha Omega Alpha, to name a few. He served as president of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) from 1977 to 1978 and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Parenthetically, Dr. Mason was a professional Baseball Player in 1951, a Firefighter in CA for the U.S. Forest Service in 1950, and a Jet Pilot Trainee for the U.S. Air Force in 1953.

Dr. Mason has been honored with an equally stunning number of awards, including, in 1979, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Duke University Medical Center, and in 1998 Master Designation from the American College of Cardiology. He also received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of California, the 2004 Newton Kugelmass Children's Cardiology Crusader Award, the 2003 John Wayne Pioneer of America Award, the 2003 Albert Einstein Scientific Research Award, and the 2004 Ernest Hemingway Award for Major Contributions to Medical Literature. He has also notably won the 1998 Dwight D. Eisenhower Admirable American of Achievement Award, the 1998 Medal of Honor from the Winston Churchill Society, the 1974 Skylab Achievement Award from NASA, and has won the Theodore and Susan B. Cummings Humanitarian Award of the ACC four times. Dr. Mason was also recognized in the field of spiritual wellness with the 2005 Norman Vincent Peale Healing Power of Prayer Award, and is a Presbyterian.

As a towering figure in cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Mason has been included in numerous volumes of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, as well as Who's Who in Finance and Business. He has two daughters and four grandchildren, who surely warm his heart during his well-earned retirement.

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