A renowned Texas surgeon was arrested last week after assaulting a family member with a lacrosse stick and causing $10,000 in damages to a luxury 2006 Porsche convertible. The Dallas Morning News reports 51-year-old David Park Mason, 51, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation at Dallas’ Baylor University Medical Center, has been charged with assaulting a family member. It is unclear, however, what the relationship is between the doctor and the woman he is accused of attacking.
Mason’s bio at the Baylor Scott & White Health website says the Boston, Massachusetts native is married with four children. “Their family enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, skiing, and all water sports,” it says, and that Mason “keeps fit through running and weight training.” The attack occurred in Southlake, Texas, a wealthy suburb of the Dallas / Fort Worth Metropolitan area, where Mason lives with his family and the average household income tops almost $200,000 a year.
According to the police report, Mason "shoved a lacrosse stick in the [woman's] face, causing pain," last month in Southlake. He also damaged the Porsche and "used a key to stab and scratch all panels of the vehicle, causing damage." Public records show Mason owns a vehicle of similar make and model, however, he was not charged with any crimes related to the damage.
Mason was charged and released that same day on a $2,000 bond, according to the Houston Chronicle. If convicted, he could possibly face a year in jail and would be required to report the incident to the Texas Medical Board. Mason’s attorney declined to talk about the case after being contacted by The Dallas Morning News, and Mason could not be reached for comment.