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Edward Mason, PhD

Full Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


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.

Areas Of Expertise

Pediatrics Infectious diseases Staphylococcus aureus Streptococcus pneumoniae Antibiotic resistance
Education & Training

MS , Texas A&M Univ
PhD , Texas A&M Univ

The Contemporary Microbiology and Rates of Concomitant Osteomyelitis in Acute Septic Arthritis
Branson, J, Vallejo, JG, Flores, AR, Hulten, KG, Mason, EO, Kaplan, SL & McNeil, CC 2016, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. DOI:

Clinical and Epidemiological Evidence of the Red Queen Hypothesis in Pneumococcal Serotype Dynamics
Stockmann, C, Ampofo, K, Pavia, AT, Blaschke, AJ, Mason, EO, Presson, AP, Forney, LJ & Byington, CL 2016, Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol 63, no. 5, pp. 619-626. DOI:

Role of operative or interventional radiology-guided cultures for osteomyelitis
McNeil, JC, Forbes, AR, Vallejo, JG, Flores, AR, Hultén, KG, Mason, EO & Kaplan, SL 2016, Pediatrics, vol 137, no. 5, e20154616. DOI:

Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in children: Evidence for reverse vancomycin creep and impact of vancomycin trough values on outcome
McNeil, JC, Kok, EY, Forbes, AR, Lamberth, L, Hulten, KG, Vallejo, JG, Mason, EO & Kaplan, SL 2016, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, vol 35, no. 3, pp. 263-268. DOI:

Clinical and molecular features of decreased chlorhexidine susceptibility among nosocomial Staphylococcus aureus isolates at Texas Children's Hospital
McNeil, JC, Kok, EY, Vallejo, JG, Campbell, JR, Hulten, KG, Mason, EO & Kaplan, SL 2016, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, vol 60, no. 2, pp. 1121-1128. DOI:

Early Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype changes in Utah adults after the introduction of PCV13 in children
Kendall, BA, Dascomb, KK, Mehta, RR, Stockmann, C, Mason, EO, Ampofo, K, Pavia, AT & Byington, CL 2016, Vaccine, vol 34, no. 4, pp. 474-478. DOI:

Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus infections in children with Down syndrome
Johnston, JN, Kaplan, SL, Mason, EO & Hulten, KG 2015, Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy, vol 21, no. 11, pp. 790-794. DOI:

Multicenter surveillance of streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from middle ear and mastoid cultures in the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era
Kaplan, SL, Center, KJ, Barson, WJ, Ling-Lin, P, Romero, JR, Bradley, JS, Tan, TQ, Hoffman, JA, Peters, TR, Gurtman, A, Scott, DA, Trammel, J, Gruber, WC, Hulten, KG & Mason, EO 2015, Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol 60, no. 9, pp. 1339-1345. DOI:

Staphylococcus aureus retropharyngeal abscess in children
Brown, NK, Hulten, KG, Mason, EO & Kaplan, SL 2015, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, vol 34, no. 4, pp. 454-456. DOI:

Staphylococcus aureus infections among children receiving a solid organ transplant: Clinical features, epidemiology, and antimicrobial susceptibility
Mcneil, JC, Munoz, FM, Hultén, KG, Mason, EO & Kaplan, SL 2015, Transplant Infectious Disease, vol 17, no. 1, pp. 39-47. DOI:

Impact of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on pneumococcal meningitis in us children
Olarte, L, Barson, WJ, Barson, RM, Lin, PL, Romero, JR, Tan, TQ, Givner, LB, Bradley, JS, Hoffman, JA, Hultén, KG, Mason, EO & Kaplan, SL 2015, Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol 61, no. 5, pp. 767-775. DOI:

Randomized trial of "bleach baths" plus routine hygienic measures vs routine hygienic measures alone for prevention of recurrent infections
Kaplan, SL, Forbes, A, Hammerman, WA, Lamberth, L, Hulten, KG, Minard, CG & Mason, EO 2014, Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol 58, no. 5, pp. 679-682. DOI:

Impact of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on chronic sinusitis associated with Streptococcus pneumoniae in children
Olarte, L, Hulten, KG, Lamberth, L, Mason, EO & Kaplan, SL 2014, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, vol 33, no. 10, pp. 1033-1036. DOI:

Decreased susceptibilities to retapamulin, mupirocin, and chlorhexidine among staphylococcus aureus isolates causing skin and soft tissue infections in otherwise healthy children
McNeil, JC, Hulten, KG, Kaplan, SL & Mason, EO 2014, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, vol 58, no. 5, pp. 2878-2883. DOI:

Community-associated Staphylococcus aureus infections in otherwise healthy infants less than 60 days old
Day, CT, Kaplan, SL, Mason, EO & Hulten, KG 2014, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, vol 33, no. 1, pp. 98-100. DOI:

Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia without a localizing source in pediatric patients
Ligon, J, Kaplan, SL, Hulten, KG, Mason, EO & McNeil, JC 2014, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, vol 33, no. 5. DOI:

Staphylococcus aureus infections in children with congenital heart disease
McNeil, JC, Ligon, JA, Hulten, KG, Dreyer, WJ, Heinle, JS, Mason, EO & Kaplan, SL 2013, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, vol 2, no. 4, pit037, pp. 337-344. DOI:

Recurrent community-associated staphylococcus aureus infections in children presenting to texas children's hospital in Houston, Texas
Bocchini, CE, Mason, EO, Hulten, KG, Hammerman, WA & Kaplan, SL 2013, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, vol 32, no. 11, pp. 1189-1193. DOI:

Pneumococcal meningitis in children: Epidemiology, serotypes, and outcomes from 1997-2010 in Utah
Stockmann, C, Ampofo, K, Byington, CL, Filloux, F, Hersh, AL, Blaschke, AJ, Cowan, P, Korgenski, K, Mason, EO & Pavia, AT 2013, Pediatrics, vol 132, no. 3, pp. 421-428. DOI:

Serotype-Specific Changes in Invasive Pneumococcal Disease after Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Introduction: A Pooled Analysis of Multiple Surveillance Sites
Feikin, DR, Kagucia, EW, Loo, JD, Link-Gelles, R, Puhan, MA, Cherian, T, Levine, OS, Whitney, CG, OBrien, KL, Moore, MR, Feikin, DR, Link-Gelles, R, Cherian, T, Adegbola, RA, Agocs, M, Ampofo, K, Andrews, N, Barton, T, Benito, J, Broome, CV, Bruce, MG, Bulkow, LR, Byington, CL, Camou, T, Cook, H, Cotter, S, Dagan, R, de Wals, P, Deceuninck, G, Denham, B, Edwards, G, Eskola, J, Fitzgerald, M, Galanakis, E, Garcia-Gabarrot, G, Garcia-Garcia, JJ, Gene, A, Gomez, B, Heffernan, H, Hennessy, TW, Heuberger, S, Hilty, M, Ingels, H, Jayasinghe, S, Kagucia, EW, Kellner, JD, Klein, NP, Kormann-Klement, A, Kozakova, J, Krause, V, Kriz, P, Lambertsen, L, Lepoutre, A, Levine, OS, Lipsitch, M, Loo, JD, Lopez-Vega, M, Lovgren, M, Maraki, S, Mason, EO, McIntyre, PB, Menzies, R, Messina, A, Miller, E, Mintegi, S, Moore, MR, Motlova, J, Moulton, LH, Mühlemann, K, Muñoz-Almagro, C, OBrien, KL, Murdoch, DR, Park, DE, Puhan, MA, Reingold, AL, Sa-Leao, R, Sanyal, A, Smith, PG, Spanjaard, L, Techasaensiri, C, Thompson, RE, Thoon, KC, Tyrrell, GJ, Valentiner-Branth, P, van der Ende, A, Vanderkooi, OG, van der Linden, MPG, Varon, E, Verhaegen, J, Vestrheim, DF, Vickers, I, von Gottberg, A, von Kries, R, Waight, P, Weatherholtz, R, Weiss, S, Whitney, CG, Yee, A & Zaidi, AKM 2013, PLoS Medicine, vol 10, no. 9, e1001517. DOI: