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Education ?

Medical School Score Rankings
UMDNJ (1995)
Top 50%
University Hospital (2001) *
Neurological Surgery
University of Pittsburgh - Children`s Hospital (2002) *
Pediatric Neurological Surgery
* This information was reported to Vitals by the doctor or doctor's office.

Awards & Distinctions ?

Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area™ (2015)
Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™ (2013)
Patients' Choice Award (2008 - 2010)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013)
On-Time Doctor Award (2009, 2014)
Cleft Palate Foundation
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Affiliations ?

Dr. Mazzola is affiliated with 7 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Hackensack University Medical Center
    30 Prospect Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601
    Top 25%
  • St Barnabas Medical Center
    94 Old Short Hills Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039
    Top 50%
  • Morristown Memorial Hospital *
    100 Madison Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
    Top 50%
  • Overlook Hospital
    99 Beauvoir Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
  • Carol G. Simon Cancer Center Overlook Hospital
  • Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack
  • Goryeb Children`s Hospital
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Mazzola has contributed to 6 publications.
    Title Efficacy of Neurosurgery Resident Education in the New Millennium: the 2008 Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Post-residency Survey Results.
    Date January 2011
    Journal Neurosurgery

    Neurosurgical residency training paradigms have changed in response to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education mandates and demands for quality patient care. Little has been done to assess resident education from the perspective of readiness to practice.

    Title Revision Surgery for Chiari Malformation Decompression.
    Date July 2005
    Journal Neurosurgical Focus

    Chiari malformations comprise four different hindbrain anomalies originally described by Hans Chiari, a professor of pathology at the German University in Prague. There are four basic Chiari malformations. The reasons for revision of Chiari malformation decompression may be for conservative or inadequate initial decompression or the development of postoperative complications. Another reason involves cases of both hindbrain herniation and syringomyelia in patients who have undergone adequate posterior fossa decompression without resolution of symptoms, signs, or radiological appearance of their syrinx cavity. Additionally, symptom recurrence has been reported in association with various types of dural grafts. Reoperation or revision surgery for patients with Chiari malformations is common and may not be due to technical error or inadequate decompression. The types of revision surgeries, their indications, and initial presentations will be reviewed.

    Title Critical Care Management of Head Trauma in Children.
    Date January 2003
    Journal Critical Care Medicine

    Trauma is the leading cause of both morbidity and mortality in the pediatric population, and traumatic injury causes > 50% of all childhood deaths. Significant mortality rates have been reported for children with traumatic brain injury. Although children have better survival rates as compared with adults with traumatic brain injury, the long-term sequelae and consequences are often more devastating in children due to their age and developmental potential. The costs involved in the care of a child with severe traumatic brain injury, extended over that child's lifetime, are significant. It is unfortunate that despite preventive measures, traumatic brain injury remains the major morbidity and mortality factor for children.

    Title Resolution of Chiari Malformation After Repair of a Congenital Thoracic Meningocele: Case Report and Literature Review.
    Date January 2003
    Journal Neurosurgery

    OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: Many theories have been proposed regarding potential causative factors for Chiari malformations. An unusual case is described in which regression of a congenital Chiari malformation was observed after repair of a thoracic meningocele without direct surgical intervention to decompress the craniocervical junction. This supports the importance of an in utero craniospinal pressure gradient as a potential cause for congenital, but reversible, cerebellar herniation. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A newborn baby was observed to have a thoracic meningocele. Magnetic resonance imaging scan revealed a concomitant Chiari malformation. No neurological deficits were present at initial examination. INTERVENTION: The patient underwent surgical closure of the thoracic meningocele and untethering of the spinal cord at the site of the dural defect. A postoperative magnetic resonance imaging scan obtained 3 months after the operation revealed complete resolution of the cerebellar herniation. CONCLUSION: The resolution of the Chiari malformation in this child may have resulted from restoration of normal cerebrospinal fluid flow and elimination of the meningocele-related cerebrospinal fluid pressure gradient between the intracranial and intraspinal compartments.

    Title Dermoid Inclusion Cysts and Early Spinal Cord Tethering After Fetal Surgery for Myelomeningocele.
    Date July 2002
    Journal The New England Journal of Medicine
    Title Medulloblastoma.
    Journal Current Treatment Options in Neurology

    Medulloblastomas, primitive neuroectodermal tumors of the cerebellum, comprise 20% of all pediatric brain tumors and are the most common solid neoplasm in children. Primitive neuroectodermal tumors are believed to arise from cerebellar granule cell precursors. Occasionally, medulloblastoma occurs in children with genetically linked disorders, such as Turcot's syndrome or Gorlin's syndrome, which is also called basal cell nevus syndrome. Several genes have been implicated in the development of medulloblastoma in children, including Patched-1 and Smoothened. The protein products of these genes function within the sonic hedgehog molecular signaling pathways, which are important in neural development and disease. Through analysis of several well-designed multi-institutional trials, much has been learned about the clinical factors that influence outcome in children with medulloblastomas. Age younger than 3 years, bulky residual disease postoperatively, and metastasis constitute adverse prognostic features and indicate patients who are considered "high risk" for recurrence with standard therapy using 3600 cGy craniospinal radiation in conjunction with a posterior fossa dose of 5400 cGy. Patients lacking these features are considered "standard risk." Chemotherapeutic trials have been developed to assess the safety and efficacy of various multi-agent therapies to improve the poor results of high-risk patients and to allow reduction in the dose of radiation needed to cure standard-risk patients, which may allow a decrease in late cognitive sequelae. Currently, it is policy to evaluate all children with posterior fossa tumors characteristic of medulloblastoma with preoperative, staging neuroimaging studies of the craniospinal axis. Surgical resection is undertaken with the goal of gross total resection. Postoperative neuroimaging studies are compared with preoperative studies to determine the amount of residual disease. Cerebrospinal fluid is obtained from a lumbar puncture done at the conclusion of the surgical resection or 2 weeks after surgery in order to determine microscopic leptomeningeal spread. Children with tumor histopathology consistent with medulloblastoma are enrolled, when possible, in open clinical trials. Chemotherapy and radiation are given as per protocol. The goal of current treatment approaches is to tailor therapy based on clinical risk factors, with intensification of treatment for children with high-risk disease and reduction of radiation therapy for those with standard-risk disease. Evaluation of biologic predictors of outcome, which may further refine treatment stratification, is in progress.

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