Heidi Mason, RN, DNP, ACNP-BC

Heidi Mason

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2181 NURS1
University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482
Telephone: (734) 763-1474
Fax: (734) 232-9393


  • Palliative care education
  • Symptom management
  • Oncology
  • End of life conversations
  • Independent NP oncology clinics

Heidi Mason received her BSN from Michigan State University in 1986 and her MSN from Wayne State University in 1998. She has worked in oncology for 28 years. Her present specialty is in head and neck oncology and symptom management. She recently published a paper in The November 2013 issue of the Oncology Nursing Forum discussing her research regarding an independent nurse practitioner clinic specializing in symptom management of head and neck oncology patients. She is presently working on research in depression and exercise.

Heidi has also lectured at various conferences and classes regarding symptom management. She is presently working as an NP in head and neck oncology and as a clinical instructor for acute care NP students.


Heidi Mason has a long history of precepting graduate students, and is comfortable working with students on clinical skills, decision making and documentation. As an acute care nurse practitioner at U-M’s Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMCCC), she is uniquely qualified to help students utilize what they learned in class in the clinical setting. She encourages them to treat patients in a holistic fashion. She finds this to be especially important with graduate students as they transition into providers.

Heidi works to help students achieve their personal and academic goals. She also tries to find alternative experiences for students to enhance their education such as an experience with palliative care, symptom management or a clinical area of interest for them.
Heidi lectures on pain management at the UMCCC core class and has lectured on head and neck cancer, and symptom management.  Heidi has experience as a clinical instructor for second career students and most recently was an instructor for Nursing 457, 459 and 611.

Affiliations / Service

  • American Society for pain management nursing
  • American academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Association


  • DNP, Madonna University, 2019
  • MSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 1998
  • BSN, Michigan State University, East Lansing , MI 1986

Publication Highlights

  • Symptom management during and after treatment with concurrent chemoradiotherapy for oropharyngeal cancer: A review of the literature and areas for future research. Mason H, DeRubeis MB, Burke N, Shannon M, Karsies D, Wolf G, Eisbruch A, Worden F. World J Clin Oncol. 2016 Apr 10;7(2):220-6. doi: 10.5306/wjco.v7.i2.220. Review.

  • Mason, H., DeRubeis, M., Foster, J., Taylor, J., Worden, F. Outcomes Evaluation of a Weekly Nurse Practitioner-Managed Symptom Management Clinic for Head and Neck Cancer Patients Treated with Chemoradiotherapy. Publication November 2013.

  • Worden FP, Kumar B, Mason HL…[15/19]…Carey TE. Chemo Selection as a strategy for organ preservation in patients with T4 Laryngeal Squmous cell carcinoma with cartilage invasion. Laryngoscope. 2009;119(8):1510-7.

  • Worden FP, Moyer J, Mason HL…[18/20]…Wolf GT. Chemo Selection as a strategy for organ preservation in advanced oropharynx cancer: response and survival positively associated with HPV16 copy number. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2008;26(19):3138-46