A conversation with a physician in Italy regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

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Justin Haas



Dr. Paolo Mazzola is a geriatrician and palliative care physician at San Gerado Hospital in Monza, Italy, just north of Milan, serving a population of 850,000 people. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca and spends most of his time working in a subacute geriatric care unit. In 2014 he was selected to participate in the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting of Physiology and Medicine (Lindau, Germany). He was awarded the “Person-in-Training Award” by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in 2015, and he was recognized as “Fellow in Geriatrics and Gerontology” by the Italian Gerontological and Geriatrics Society (SIGG) in 2016. He also received the Young Talents Award by the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2018.

Dr. Mazzola has extensive experience learning and practicing medicine around the world. As a medical student, he was fortunate enough to go on exchanges in Istanbul, Turkey and in Chiba, Japan. He then spent a portion of his post-graduate studies in Geriatric Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and in 2012 he completed a post-doc research fellowship and performed aging research in Italy. In 2013 he moved to New York City where he worked as a visiting research fellow in Neurology for 2 years at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a committed and ambitious clinician-scientist who has tirelessly worked on the frontlines in the most hard-hit region of Italy – one of the first nations outside of China to be considered an epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic.