Anthony Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE
Anthony Mazzarelli is a doctor, healthcare executive, lawyer, bioethicist and associate professor. He uses this unique background to engage audiences of all types, ranging from hospital leaders, health system boards, hospital staff, medical groups, physician leaders and nonmedical groups. His clinical, academic and leadership experiences shape all of his talks to make them informative as well as entertaining. He is a regular guest on multiple local and national media outlets and is a regular fill-in host on CBS radio, where his nonpartisan approach to current events has reached 38 states and Canada.
Along with his responsibilities as an executive in a health system, Dr. Mazzarelli continues to practice emergency medicine at a Level 1 Academic Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey —an urban community previously known for its challenges with poverty and crime. This helps him remain close to the practice of medicine and how it impacts patients, staff and physicians.
Dr. Mazzarelli is Co-President of Cooper University Health Care and the Dean of Clinical Affairs for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Cooper University Health Care is a $1.3B Academic Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, with over 100 ambulatory locations and a 650-physician multi-specialty faculty practice plan. Prior to his current role, Dr. Mazzarelli served as Cooper’s Chief Physician Executive where he oversaw the physician practice, as well as quality/patient safety and continuous process improvement efforts for the health system. He lectures about healthcare policy, bioethics and process improvement within the medical school and residency programs. Dr. Mazzarelli started Cooper’s Process Improvement Office, which included the introduction of continuous process improvement principles such as Lean Six Sigma as a methodology for operational efficiency and quality improvement. This helped the organization achieve its first-time recognition as a “Top Performer” by The Joint Commission as well as achieve millions of dollars in savings. Prior to his current role, Dr. Mazzarelli was the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Implementation, responsible for assisting in the development of the latest strategic plan for the health system that was adopted in 2012 and has resulted in the largest growth in the health system’s history, with revenue now exceeding well past a billion dollars annually. Aside from growing the size of the practice in both physicians and revenue, Dr. Mazzarelli oversaw the implementation of a variable compensation plan as well as the doubling of physician engagement scores during the same time period. He was also one of the three original team members to work on integrating Cooper and Rowan in preparation for the founding of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and organizing for initial accreditation for the new medical school that graduated its first class in May 2016.
Dr. Mazzarelli received his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his master's in bioethics from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, he was awarded the Halo Award for leading a team of 18 health care providers from Cooper into Haiti in the days immediately following the 2010 earthquake. In 2012, Dr. Mazzarelli was named one of the 50 most powerful people in New Jersey health care by NJ Biz. Dr. Mazzarelli has also received numerous commendations for his leadership.
Industry Speaking Engagements
- American Swiss Foundation Leadership Conference
- Healthcare Financial Management Institute
- American Medical Student Association National Conference
- University of Pennsylvania / Albert Einstein University / Rutgers University
- SJ Magazine’s Women’s Forum on Women in the Workplace
- Ethics and Politics of Reproductive Technology Conference of Princeton University
Education and Certifications
- Bachelor of Science (BS), with Honors, Washington and Lee University
- Medical Doctor (MD), AOA Honor Society, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers)
- Juris Doctorate (JD), with Honors, University of Pennsylvania Law School
- Master’s in Bioethics (MBE), Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- American Board of Emergency Medicine
- Member, American College of Healthcare Executives
- Member, American College of Emergency Physicians
- Member, Vidocq Society
- Compassionomics: Hypothesis and Experimental Approach, Medical Hypotheses, September 2017
- Association Between Medicare Star Ratings for Patient Experience and Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary for US Hospitals, Journal of Patient Experience, March 2017
- Lean Six Sigma to Reduce ICU Length of Stay and Costs in Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation, Journal For Healthcare Quality, November 2016
- Patient Experience and Health Care Quality, JAMA Internal Medicine, October 2016
- Association Between Medicare Summary Star ratings for Patient Experience and Clinical Outcomes in US hospitals, Journal of Patient Experience, March 2016
- Purchase and Use Patterns of Heroin Users at an Inner City Emergency Department, Journal of Emergency Medicine, January 2012
- Draw the Line: The Problem of Defining Life, Pharos Magazine, Spring 2003.