Robert Mazzola, MD
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Dr. Robert L. Mazzola MD, MSPH, FCCP is a Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine Physician with the Intermountain Sleep Disorders Center, Salt Lake City, UT.  He is the Chairman of Medicine, Medical Director for Inpatient Medical Services, and Medical Director of Respiratory Care at The Orthopedics Specialty Hospital (TOSH). He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Utah and faculty for the Intermountain Healthcare / University of Utah Sleep Fellowship training program. He received his Master of Science in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. He earned his MD from Louisiana State University-New Orleans and completed his training in Internal Medicine at LSU Medical Center-New Orleans. He completed his training in Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City

For most of his career, he has worked to improve peri-operative safety in undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea patients.  Early work at LDS Hospital in collaboration with Orthopedics determined that nearly 50% of orthopedic patient’s had undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea.  This led to his work at TOSH which ultimately gave birth to the current peri-operative management of sleep apnea protocol that is used system wide at Intermountain

More recent projects include:

Collaboration with Anesthesia in identifying causes for extended PACU recovery times in post-operative patients and implementing strategies to improve quality and safety of care.

Identifying risk factors for post-operative patient’s being discharged home on oxygen to facilitate developing a risk stratification scale (Similar to STOP-BANG) that would identify patients at risk for hypoxemic respiratory failure. 

Lastly, his team is currently working on grant funded research using home monitoring specifically end tidal CO2 and pulse oximetry to improve the safety of high risk post-operative orthopedic patients on Opiates while at home.

His work has been published and presented nationally at the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine annual conference as well as the American Academy of Respiratory Care Annual Congress.