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David Park Mason

Police: Prominent Baylor surgeon assaults woman with lacrosse stick, damages Porsche in fit of anger

A Texas chief surgeon was arrested for assaulting a family member last week, according to a police report obtained by Dallas News.

David Park Mason, 51, was arrested after he “shoved a lacrosse stick in the [woman’s] face, causing pain” in early April in Southlake. The relationship between Mason and woman is unknown.

The police report says that in addition to assaulting the woman, Mason keyed a 2006 Porsche convertible causing $10,000 worth of damage. The report states that he “used a key to stab and scratch all panels of the vehicle, causing damage.”

It’s unclear who owns the car, but public records show that Mason owns a similar vehicle. He isn’t facing charges related to the damage.

Mason is the chief of thoracic surgery and lung transplantation for Baylor Scott & White Health, which also includes Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

Though the incident allegedly occurred on April 1, the charge wasn’t filed until last week with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office. Mason was booked the same day the charge was filed. He was released on a $2,000 cash bond.

The charge is considered a class A misdemeanor. If convicted, he could possibly face up to a year in the county jail. He would be required to report the conviction to the Texas Medical Board.

The Baylor website shows that Mason started working at the hospital in 2014. He’s described as an “international leader in the field of lung transplantation.”

Mason’s medical degree is from Columbia University. He worked at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio before he started his work at Baylor.

[Feature Photo: Southlake Police Department]