Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Edward O. Mason Ph.D.

Edward O. Mason, Ph.D.

Edward O. Mason, Ph.D.

Senior Affiliate Member
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Professorof Pediatrics
Professor of Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine

Phone: 832-824-4330
Fax: 832-825-4347
E-mail: emason@bcm.edu


B.A.   Austin College, Sherman, TX (Biology)
M.S.   Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (Microbiology)

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (Microbiology)



Dr. Mason received his first faculty appointment in 1972 at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He would later become a full professor there in both pediatrics (division of infectious diseases) and virology and microbiology. He is a member of the affiliate staff at Texas Children’s Hospital, an appointment he has had since 1975.

Description of Research

Dr. Mason’s research activities focus on Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae infections of children, with a special interest in mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. He has published greater than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and was honored for his contributions by election as a Fellow into the American Academy of Microbiology in 1989.

Major Areas of Research

Pediatrics, infectious diseases, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, antibiotic resistance.

Recent Publications

Byington CL, Hulten KG, Ampofo K, Sheng X, Pavia AT, Blaschke AJ, Pettigrew M, Korgenski K, Daly J, Mason EO. Molecular Epidemiology of Pediatric Pneumococcal Empyema 2001-2007. J Clin Microbiol. 2009 Dec 16.

Hult KG, Kaplan SL, Lamberth LB, Slimp K, Hammerman WA, Carrillo-Marquez M, Starke JR, Versalovic J, Mason EO Jr. Hospital-acquired Staphylococcus aureus infections at Texas Children's Hospital, 2001-2007. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Feb;31(2):183-90.

Carrillo-Marquez MA, Hulten KG, Hammerman W, Mason EO, Kaplan SL. USA300 is the predominant genotype causing Staphylococcus aureus septic arthritis in children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Dec;28(12):1076-80.

McNeil JC, Hulten KG, Mason EO Jr, Kaplan SL. Serotype 19A is the most common Streptococcus pneumoniae isolate in children with chronic sinusitis. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Sep;28(9):766-8.

Mason EO, Lamberth LB, Hammerman WA, Hulten KG, Versalovic J, Kaplan SL. Vancomycin MICs for Staphylococcus aureus vary by detection method and have subtly increased in a pediatric population since 2005. J Clin Microbiol. 2009 Jun;47(6):1628-30.