Keira Mason

Keira Mason, MD

Director, Radiology Anesthesia; Senior Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia

Associate Professor of Anaesthesia

  • Contact: 617-355-7737

  • Fax: 617-730-0894

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Anesthesia
  • Anesthesia

Departments

  • Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Programs

  • Day Surgery
  • Sedation Services
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Experience and Education

Education

Medical School

Boston University School of Medicine, 1991

Boston, MA

Fellowship

Boston Children's Hospital , 1996-1997

Boston, MA

Internship

The Cambridge Hospital, 1991-1992

Cambridge, MA

Residency

Massachusetts General Hospital, 1992-1995

Boston, MA

Publications

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  1. Green SM, Mason KP, Krauss BS. Ketamine and propofol sedation by emergency medicine specialists: mainstream or menace? Br J Anaesth. 2016 Apr; 116(4):449-51.
  2. Webster CS, Mason KP, Shafer SL. Threats to safety during sedation outside of the operating room and the death of Michael Jackson. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2016 Feb; 29 Suppl 1:S36-47.
  3. Mahmoud M, Mason KP. A forecast of relevant pediatric sedation trends. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2016 Feb; 29 Suppl 1:S56-67.
  4. Mason KP. Response to Dr. Phelps et al.: High-dose dexmedetomidine for noninvasive pediatric procedural sedation and discharge readiness. Paediatr Anaesth. 2015 Sep; 25(9):963.
  5. Mahmoud M, Mason KP. Dexmedetomidine: review, update, and future considerations of paediatric perioperative and periprocedural applications and limitations. Br J Anaesth. 2015 Aug; 115(2):171-82.
  6. Mekitarian Filho E, Robinson F, de Carvalho WB, Gilio AE, Mason KP. Intranasal dexmedetomidine for sedation for pediatric computed tomography imaging. J Pediatr. 2015 May; 166(5):1313-1315.e1.
  7. Mason KP. Challenges in paediatric procedural sedation: political, economic, and clinical aspects. Br J Anaesth. 2014 Dec; 113 Suppl 2:ii48-62.
  8. Mason KP, Lönnqvist PA. Bradycardia in perspective-not all reductions in heart rate need immediate intervention. Paediatr Anaesth. 2015 Jan; 25(1):44-51.
  9. Mason KP, Turner DP, Houle TT, Fontaine PJ, Lerman J. Hemodynamic response to fluid management in children undergoing dexmedetomidine sedation for MRI. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jun; 202(6):W574-9.
  10. Prescilla R, Mason KP. Recent advances and contributions to procedural sedation with considerations for the future. Minerva Anestesiol. 2014 Jul; 80(7):844-55.
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  12. Mekitarian Filho E, de Carvalho WB, Gilio AE, Robinson F, Mason KP. Aerosolized intranasal midazolam for safe and effective sedation for quality computed tomography imaging in infants and children. J Pediatr. 2013 Oct; 163(4):1217-9.
  13. Mason KP, Robinson F, Fontaine P, Prescilla R. Dexmedetomidine offers an option for safe and effective sedation for nuclear medicine imaging in children. Radiology. 2013 Jun; 267(3):911-7.
  14. Mason KP, Zurakowski D, Zucker EJ, Tracy DA, Lee EY. Image quality of thoracic 64-MDCT angiography: imaging of infants and young children with or without general anesthesia. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Jan; 200(1):171-6.
  15. Mason KP, Lubisch N, Robinson F, Roskos R, Epstein MA. Intramuscular dexmedetomidine: an effective route of sedation preserves background activity for pediatric electroencephalograms. J Pediatr. 2012 Nov; 161(5):927-32.
  16. Lee EY, Zurakowski D, Bastos Md, Stark C, Carrier M, Mason KP. Evaluation of image quality and patient safety: paired inspiratory and expiratory MDCT assessment of tracheobronchomalacia in paediatric patients under general anaesthesia with breath-hold technique. J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 2012 Apr; 56(2):151-7.
  17. Mason KP, Fontaine PJ, Robinson F, Zgleszewski S. Pediatric sedation in a community hospital-based outpatient MRI center. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Feb; 198(2):448-52.
  18. Mason KP, Mason KP, Green SM, Piacevoli Q. Adverse event reporting tool to standardize the reporting and tracking of adverse events during procedural sedation: a consensus document from the World SIVA International Sedation Task Force. Br J Anaesth. 2012 Jan; 108(1):13-20.
  19. Wong J, Steil GM, Curtis M, Papas A, Zurakowski D, Mason KP. Cardiovascular effects of dexmedetomidine sedation in children. Anesth Analg. 2012 Jan; 114(1):193-9.
  20. Mason KP, Lubisch NB, Robinson F, Roskos R. Intramuscular dexmedetomidine sedation for pediatric MRI and CT. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Sep; 197(3):720-5.
  21. Mason KP, Lerman J. Review article: Dexmedetomidine in children: current knowledge and future applications. Anesth Analg. 2011 Nov; 113(5):1129-42.
  22. Green SM, Mason KP. Stratification of sedation risk--a challenge to the sedation continuum. Paediatr Anaesth. 2011 Sep; 21(9):924-31.
  23. Mason KP, Prescilla R, Fontaine PJ, Zurakowski D. Pediatric CT sedation: comparison of dexmedetomidine and pentobarbital. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Feb; 196(2):W194-8.
  24. Mason KP. Pediatric Sedation Outside the Operating Room: A Multi-Specialty Collaboration. 2011.
  25. Ratnapalan S, Mason KP, Mace SE. Pediatric pain management and sedation. Int J Pediatr. 2010; 2010:454731.
  26. Gozal D, Mason KP. Pediatric sedation: a global challenge. Int J Pediatr. 2010; 2010:701257.
  27. Max BA, Mason KP. Extended infusion of dexmedetomidine to an infant at sixty times the intended rate. Int J Pediatr. 2010; 2010.
  28. Gozal D, Mason KP. Paediatric sedation: a global challenge. 2010.
  29. Gozal D, Mason KP. Pediatric Sedation: A Global Challenge. International Journal of Pediatrics. 2010; (Accepted).
  30. Max BA, Mason KP. Extended Infusion of Dexmedetomidine to an Infant at Sixty Times the Intended Rate. International Journal of Pediatrics. 2010; (Accepted).
  31. Mason KP, Prescilla R, Fontaine PJ, Zurakowski D. Pediatric CT Sedation: Comparison between Dexmedetomidine and Pentobarbital. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010; (Accepted).
  32. Mason KP, Zurakowski D, Zgleszewski S, Prescilla R, Fontaine PJ, Dinardo JA. Incidence and predictors of hypertension during high-dose dexmedetomidine sedation for pediatric MRI. Paediatr Anaesth. 2010 Jun; 20(6):516-23.
  33. Mason, KP Laussen, P. Responsibility for Care of CICU Patients in MRI Suite, Children's Hospital Boston. 2010.
  34. Green SM, Mason KP. Reformulation of the sedation continuum. JAMA. 2010 Mar 3; 303(9):876-7.
  35. Mason KP. World SIVA: the pediatric initiative. Paediatr Anaesth. 2010 Mar; 20(3):209-10.
  36. Mason KP, Zurakowski D, Zgleszewski SE, Prescilla R, Fontaine PJ, DiNardo JA. Incidence and Predictors of Hypertension During High Dose Dexmedetomidine Sedation For Pediatric MRI. Pediatr Anesth. 2010; 20(6):516-523.
  37. Holzman R, Mason KP. Anesthesia and Sedation Outside the Operating Room. Gregory's Pediatric Anesthesia. Gregory GA, Andropoulos DB, editors . 2010.
  38. Mason KP. Sedation trends in the 21st century: the transition to dexmedetomidine for radiological imaging studies. Paediatr Anaesth. 2010 Mar; 20(3):265-72.
  39. Mason KP, O'Mahony E, Zurakowski D, Libenson MH. Effects of dexmedetomidine sedation on the EEG in children. Paediatr Anaesth. 2009 Dec; 19(12):1175-83.
  40. Mason, KP, Holzman, RS . Anesthesia and Sedation for Pediatric Procedures Outside the Operating Room. Smith’s Anesthesia for Infants and Children. In: Davis PJ, Motoyama EK, Caldis FP, editors. 2009.
  41. Connor L, Zurakowski D, Stazinski A, Bucci K, MacPherson S, Pirich M, Mason K. Monitoring End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide Levels of Deeply Sedated MRI Pediatric Patients During the Recovery Period. . Journal of Radiology Nursing. 2009; 28(2):51-55.
  42. Mason KP, Padua H, Fontaine PJ, Zurakowski D. Radiologist-supervised ketamine sedation for solid organ biopsies in children and adolescents. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009 May; 192(5):1261-5.
  43. Mason, KP. Nitrous Policy and Procedures, Children's Hospital Boston. 2009.
  44. Mason, KP. Dexmedetomidine Policy and Procedures, Children's Hospital Boston. 2009.
  45. Contributor, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Lecture Series. 2009.
  46. Mason KP, Zgleszewski S, Forman RE, Stark C, DiNardo JA. An exaggerated hypertensive response to glycopyrrolate therapy for bradycardia associated with high-dose dexmedetomidine. Anesth Analg. 2009 Mar; 108(3):906-8.
  47. American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Anesthetic Care for Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Ehrenwerth J, Singleton M, Bell C, Brown J, Clark R, Connis R, Herfkens R, Litt L, Mason KP, McClain CD, Nickinovich DG, Ryan SM, Sandberg WS. Practice Advisory on Anesthetic Care for Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Anesthetic Care for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Anesthesiology. 2009; 110(3):459-479.
  48. Mason KP. Pediatric procedures in interventional radiology. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2009; 47(3):35-43.
  49. Mason, KP. Strategies for Radiological Imaging Studies. Cain JG, Grande CM, editors. SAFE (Sedation and Airway Support for Everyone), International Trauma Care. 2008.
  50. Mason KP, Koka BV. Anesthesia Outside of the Operating Room. In: Cote CJ, Todres ID, Lerman J, editors. A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children, Fourth Edition, in press. 2008.
  51. Lee EY, Zurakowski D, Waltz DA, Mason KP, Riaz F, Ralph A, Boiselle PM. MDCT evaluation of the prevalence of tracheomalacia in children with mediastinal aortic vascular anomalies. J Thorac Imaging. 2008 Nov; 23(4):258-65.
  52. Zgleszewski SE, Zurakowski D, Fontaine PJ, D'Angelo M, Mason KP. Is propofol a safe alternative to pentobarbital for sedation during pediatric diagnostic CT? Radiology. 2008 May; 247(2):528-34.
  53. Mason KP. The pediatric sedation service: who is appropriate to sedate, which medications should I use, who should prescribe the drugs, how do I bill? Pediatr Radiol. 2008 May; 38 Suppl 2:S218-24.
  54. Mason, KP. Pediatric Sedation for Radiological Imaging Studies. Ray CE, editor. Pain Management in Interventional Radiology. 2008.
  55. Mason KP, Zgleszewski SE, Prescilla R, Fontaine PJ, Zurakowski D. Hemodynamic effects of dexmedetomidine sedation for CT imaging studies. Paediatr Anaesth. 2008 May; 18(5):393-402.
  56. Mason KP, Zurakowski D, Zgleszewski SE, Robson CD, Carrier M, Hickey PR, Dinardo JA. High dose dexmedetomidine as the sole sedative for pediatric MRI. Paediatr Anaesth. 2008 May; 18(5):403-11.
  57. Lee EY, Mason KP, Zurakowski D, Waltz DA, Ralph A, Riaz F, Boiselle PM. MDCT assessment of tracheomalacia in symptomatic infants with mediastinal aortic vascular anomalies: preliminary technical experience. Pediatr Radiol. 2008 Jan; 38(1):82-8.
  58. Mason KP, Michna E, Zurakowski D, Burrows PE, Pirich MA, Carrier M, Fontaine PJ, Sethna NF. Value of bispectral index monitor in differentiating between moderate and deep Ramsay Sedation Scores in children. Paediatr Anaesth. 2006 Dec; 16(12):1226-31.
  59. Mason KP, Zgleszewski SE, Dearden JL, Dumont RS, Pirich MA, Stark CD, D'Angelo P, Macpherson S, Fontaine PJ, Connor L, Zurakowski D. Dexmedetomidine for pediatric sedation for computed tomography imaging studies. Anesth Analg. 2006 Jul; 103(1):57-62, table of contents.
  60. Mason KP, Zgleszewski SE, Holzman RS. Anesthesia and Sedation for Procedures Outside the Operating Room. Smith’s Anesthesia for Infants and Children. In: Motoyama ET, Davis PJ, editors. 2006; 839-855.
  61. Knight F, Galvin R, Davoren M, Mason KP. The Evolution of Universal Protocol in Interventional Radiology. J Radiol Nurs. 2006; 25:106-115.
  62. Mason KP. Department of Radiology Sedation Policies and Guidelines, Children's Hospital Boston. 2006.
  63. Sanborn PA, Michna E, Zurakowski D, Burrows PE, Fontaine PJ, Connor L, Mason KP. Adverse cardiovascular and respiratory events during sedation of pediatric patients for imaging examinations. Radiology. 2005 Oct; 237(1):288-94.
  64. Mason KP, Zurakowski D, Connor L, Karian VE, Fontaine PJ, Sanborn PA, Burrows PE. Infant sedation for MR imaging and CT: oral versus intravenous pentobarbital. Radiology. 2004 Dec; 233(3):723-8.
  65. Burrows PE, Mason KP. Percutaneous treatment of low flow vascular malformations. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2004 May; 15(5):431-45.
  66. Mason KP, Sanborn P, Zurakowski D, Karian VE, Connor L, Fontaine PJ, Burrows PE. Superiority of pentobarbital versus chloral hydrate for sedation in infants during imaging. Radiology. 2004 Feb; 230(2):537-42.
  67. Connor L, Burrows PE, Zurakowski D, Bucci K, Gagnon DA, Mason KP. Effects of IV pentobarbital with and without fentanyl on end-tidal carbon dioxide levels during deep sedation of pediatric patients undergoing MRI. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2003 Dec; 181(6):1691-4.
  68. Rooks VJ, Chung T, Connor L, Zurakowski D, Hoffer FA, Mason KP, Burrows PE. Comparison of oral pentobarbital sodium (nembutal) and oral chloral hydrate for sedation of infants during radiologic imaging: preliminary results. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2003 Apr; 180(4):1125-8.
  69. Burrows PE, Mason KP, Connor L, Taylor G. Anesthesia in the Department of Radiology Sedation Policies and Guidelines, Children's Hospital Boston. 2003.
  70. Connor L, Burrows PE, Zurakowski D, Mason KP. Effects of intravenous pentobarbital on end-tidal carbon dioxide levels during deep sedation of pediatric patients undergoing MRI scans. Am J Roentgenol. 2003; 181:1691-1694.
  71. Mason KP, Michna E, DiNardo JA, Zurakowski D, Karian VE, Connor L, Burrows PE. Evolution of a protocol for ketamine-induced sedation as an alternative to general anesthesia for interventional radiologic procedures in pediatric patients. Radiology. 2002 Nov; 225(2):457-65.
  72. Karian VE, Burrows PE, Zurakowski D, Connor L, Poznauskis L, Mason KP. The development of a pediatric radiology sedation program. Pediatr Radiol. 2002 May; 32(5):348-53.
  73. Michna E, Mason KP. Legal Aspects of Pain Management. Manual of Pain Management. In: Warfield C, Fausett H, editors. 2002; 385-390.
  74. Michna E, Mason KP. AIDS and the Healthcare Worker. Pain management, anesthesia, and HIV/AIDS. In: Nedeljkovic S, editor. 2002; 187-193.
  75. Karian VE, Burrows PE, Zurakowski D, Connor L, Poznauskis L, & Mason KP . The development of a pediatric radiology sedation program. Pediatr Radiol. 2002; 32:348-353.
  76. Mason KP, Neufeld EJ, Karian VE, Zurakowski D, Koka BV, Burrows PE. Coagulation abnormalities in pediatric and adult patients after sclerotherapy or embolization of vascular anomalies. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2001 Dec; 177(6):1359-63.
  77. Mason KP, Zurakowski D, Karian VE, Connor L, Fontaine PJ, Burrows PE. Sedatives used in pediatric imaging: comparison of IV pentobarbital with IV pentobarbital with midazolam added. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2001 Aug; 177(2):427-30.
  78. Mason KP, Koka BV, Eldredge EA, Fishman SJ, Burrows PE. Perioperative considerations in a hypothyroid infant with hepatic haemangioma. Paediatr Anaesth. 2001 Mar; 11(2):228-32.
  79. Mason KP, Koka BV, Eldredge EA, Fishman SJ, Burrows PE. Periperative Considerations in a Hypothyroid Infant with Hepatic Hemangioma. Paed Anaesth. 2001; 11:228-232.
  80. Mason KP, Burrows PE, Dorsey M, Zurakowski D, Krauss B. Accuracy of capnography with a 30 ft nasal cannula for monitoring respiratory rate and end-tidal CO2 in children. Journal of Clinical Monitoring. 2001; 16:259-262.
  81. Mason KP, Michna E, Zurakowski D, Koka BV, Burrows PE. Serum ethanol levels in children and adults after ethanol embolization or sclerotherapy for vascular anomalies. Radiology. 2000 Oct; 217(1):127-32.
  82. Mason KP, Burrows PE, Dorsey MM, Zurakowski D, Krauss B. Accuracy of capnography with a 30 foot nasal cannula for monitoring respiratory rate and end-tidal CO2 in children. J Clin Monit Comput. 2000; 16(4):259-62.
  83. Mason K. Anesthesia in the Department of Radiology. Children's Hospital, Department of Anesthesia Handbook. 2000.
  84. Karian VE, Burrows PE, Zurakowski D, Connor L, Mason KP. Sedation for pediatric radiological procedures: analysis of potential causes of sedation failure and paradoxical reactions. Pediatr Radiol. 1999 Nov; 29(11):869-73.
  85. Connor L, Mason KP, Micheli AJ. Guidelines for Nursing Practice: Care of the Post Anesthesia Patient-Outpatient Radiology. Department of Radiology, Children’s Hospital. 1999.
  86. Mason K, Koka B. Nitrous Oxide. Pediatric Procedural Sedation and Analgesia. In: Krauss B, Brustowicz R, editors. 1999; 83-88.
  87. Connor L, Mason KP, Micheli AJ. Outpatient Radiology Anesthesia Guidelines Criteria for Case Types and Patient Selection, Department of Radiology, Children's Hospital Boston. 1999.
  88. Mason K. Anesthesia in the Department of Radiology. Children's Hospital, Department of Anesthesia Handbook. 1999.
  89. Mason K, Koka B. Anesthesia for Pediatric Radiology. Anesthesiology Clinics of North America. 1999.
  90. Burrows PE, Pason KP, Micheli AJ. Department of Radiology Sedation Policies and Guidelines, Children's Hospital. 1999.
  91. Mason K. Anesthesia in the Department of Radiology. Children's Hospital, Department of Anesthesia Handbook. 1998.
  92. Mason KP, Grandison Y, Hayes RJ, Serjeant BE, Serjeant GR, Vaidya S, Wood WG. Post-natal decline of fetal haemoglobin in homozygous sickle cell disease: relationship to parenteral Hb F levels. Br J Haematol. 1982 Nov; 52(3):455-63.
  93. Serjeant GR, Serjeant BE, Desai P, Mason KP, Sewell A, England JM. The determinants of irreversibly sickled cells in homozygous sickle cell disease. Br J Haematol. 1978 Nov; 40(3):431-8.
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