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Robert J. Mason

Robert J. Mason, MD, is a Professor Emeritus at National Jewish Health. Dr. Mason served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Special Interests

Research Interests

Pulmonary Disease Research. Biology of alveolartype II epithelial cells. Lipogenesis in alveolar type II cells. Response of alveolar epithelial cells to viral infections and environmental stress.



Case Western Reserve Medical School (Cleveland, OH), MD
Trinity College (Hartford, CT), BS


1970 - 1971
National Heart and Lung Institute (Bethesda, MD), Chief Resident
1968 - 1970
National Heart and Lung Institute (Bethesda, MD), Clinical Associate, Molecular Disease Branch
1966 - 1968
Harvard Medical Service, Boston City Hospital, Intern / Resident


1971 - 1974
Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Pulmonary Disease

Awards & Recognition

Scientific Achievement Award, American Thoracic Society, 2000
National Advisory Council NHLBI
Cetalie and Marcel Weiss Chair in Pulmonary Disease Advisory Council NHLBI, NIH, 2001-2006
NIH Merit Award Recipient

Board Certification

Internal Medicine & Pulmonary Disease

Professional Memberships

American Society for Clinical Investigation
American Association of Professors
American College of Physicians
American Physiologic Society
American Society of Virology
American Society of Cell Biology


Wang, J., Edeen K.E., Manzer, R., Chang Y., Wang S., Chen X., Funk C.J., Cosgrove G.P., Fang X., Mason R.J.  Differentiated human alveolar epithelial cells and reversibility of their phenotype in vitro. Am J RespirCell Mol Biol. 2007, Jun: 36(6): 661-8.

Mossel E., Wang J., Jeffers S., Edeen K.E., Wang S., Cosgrove G.P., Funk C.J., Manzer R, Miura T.A., Pearson L.D., Holmes K.V., Mason R.J. SARS-CoV replicates in primary human alveolar type II cell cultures but not in type I-like cells. Virology.  2008; 372:127 35.

Kosmider B., Loader J.E., Murphy R.C., Mason R.J.. Apoptosis induced by ozone and oxysterols in human alveolar epithelial cells. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 2010 Jun 1:48(11):1513-24.

Wang J., Nikrad M.P., Phang T., Gao B., Alford T., Ito Y., Edeen K.E., Travanty E.A., Kosmider B., Hartshorn K., Mason R.J. Innate Immune Response to Influenza A Virus inDifferentiated Human Alveolar Type II cells. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2011 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print].

Ito Y., Ahmad A., Kewley E., Mason R.J. Hypoxia Inducible Factor Regulates Surfactant ProteinExpression in Alveolar Type II Cells in vitro. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2011 Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print].

Academic Affiliations

Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver

Teaching & Professional Positions

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Graduate Faculty, University of Colorado Denver