Dr Mason graduated from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic in 2000 and completed all her postgraduate training in the UK. She began her training in Southampton where she gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. She continued her specialist training in Respiratory Medicine and General (Internal) Medicine in the East of England Deanery.

She was awarded a Research Fellowship at the Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre at Royal Papworth Hospital which allowed her to undertake 2 years of scientific research looking at patients with obstructive sleep apnoea undergoing surgical procedures and the effect of obstructive sleep apnoea on post-operative outcomes.

Dr Mason continues to regularly attend general respiratory and sleep clinics at Royal Papworth Hospital and continues to look after patients with ventilatory failure and those needing liberating from invasive mechanical ventilation. She continues her specialist interest in obstructive sleep apnoea and has given presentations at several international scientific meetings.

She is a member of Cochrane Airway Group and author of two systematic Cochrane reviews looking at "Drug treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea" and "The effect of sedatives and hypnotics on patients with sleep apnoea".

Specialist Clinical Interests

General respiratory conditions including: asthma, emphysema/COPD, cough, interstitial lung disease, respiratory muscle weakness.
Respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders including: obstructive sleep apnoea, insomnia, parasomnia, restless legs, narcolepsy and cataplexy.

Ventilatory failure and non-invasive ventilation, weaning from invasive mechanical ventilation

Research Interests

Obstructive sleep apnoea and its treatment, screening for obstructive sleep apnoea, perioperative care and treatment of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea, effect of sedative drugs, including opioids on patients with obstructive sleep apnoea.

Education and Training

FRCP (London, UK) - 2018
Respiratory Specialty Certificate Examination - 2010
MRCP (London, UK) - 2006
MD Charles University, Prague - 2000

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies and university posts

British Sleep Society
British Thoracic Society                             
European Respiratory Society                            
Cochrane Airways Group

Recent and Important Publications

Mason M, Hernandez-Sanchez J, Vuylsteke A, Smith I. Usefulness of the STOP-Bang questionnaire in a cardiac surgical population. J.Cardiothorac. Vasc Anesth. 2018. Apr 26.

Mason M, Smith I. Obstructive sleep apnoea in patients undergoing cardiac Surgery. J Cardiol and Cardiovasc Sciences (2018) 2(1): 10-13. Mini-review

Mason M, Hernandez-Sanchez J, Vuylsteke A, Smith I. Association between severity of untreated sleep apnoea and postoperative complications following major cardiac surgery: a prospective observational cohort study. Sleep Med.2017 Sep; 37:141-146

Mason M, Cates CJ, Smith I. Effects of opioid, hypnotic and sedating medications on sleep- disordered breathing in adults with obstructive sleep apnoea. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2015 Jul 14;7:CD011090

Mason M, Welsh EJ, Smith I. Drug therapy for obstructive sleep apnoea in adults. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2013 May 31;5:CD003002

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