John C. Sakles, MD, FACEP

John C. Sakles, MD, FACEP



1501 N. Campbell Ave.
AHSL 4171E
(520) 289-3660

Dr. Sakles has spent his career focusing on the clinical, educational and research aspects of emergency airway management, with an emphasis on the “difficult airway.” He is a world-renowned airway expert and has been on the forefront of research in new technologies, particularly the role of video laryngoscopy for emergency intubation. He has published numerous articles in the field of emergency airway management, including on such topics as video laryngoscopy, airway pharmacology, surgical airway management and remotely assisted “telebation.” His papers have become some of the most cited works in the field.

Dr. Sakles has been a faculty member on the widely acclaimed “The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency” for more than 15 years, and serves as a reviewer for airway manuscripts for the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine and the Journal of Emergency Medicine.


MD: 1990, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
1994, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinatti, OH

Selected Recent Publications

Pacheco GS, Patanwala AE, Leetch AN, Mendelson JS, Hurst NB, Sakles JC. "Intubation During Pediatric Cardiac Arrest in the Emergency Department Is Associated With Reduced First-Pass Success." Pediatr Emerg Care. 2022;38(5):e1271-e1276.
Pacheco GS, Patanwala AE, Mendelson JS, Sakles JC. "Clinical Experience With the C-MAC and GlideScope in a Pediatric Emergency Department Over a 10-Year Period." Pediatr Emerg Care. 2021;37(12):e1098-e1103.
Kornas RL, Owyang CG, Sakles JC, Foley LJ, Mosier JM. "In Response." Anesth Analg. 2021;133(1):e12.
Pacheco GS, Hurst NB, Patanwala AE, Hypes C, Mosier JM, Sakles JC. "First Pass Success Without Adverse Events Is Reduced Equally with Anatomically Difficult Airways and Physiologically Difficult Airways." West J Emerg Med. 2021;22(2):360-368.
Kornas RL, Owyang CG, Sakles JC, Foley LJ, Mosier JM. "Evaluation and Management of the Physiologically Difficult Airway: Consensus Recommendations From Society for Airway Management." Anesth Analg. 2021;132(2):395-405.


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