Otolaryngology (ENT) - Highly Specialized
Mouth Breathing, Snoring, and Sleep Apnea
Tongue-Tie and Airway Development
Dr. Soroush Zaghi
Medical School Alumnus
Sleep Surgery Fellowship
Nasal obstruction, snoring, sleep apnea, teeth-grinding, tongue-tie, difficult and complicated cases.
About the Doctor
Soroush Zaghi, MD
ENT- Sleep Surgeon
Otolaryngology & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Zaghi graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed residency in ENT (Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery) at UCLA, and Sleep Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University. The focus of his sub-specialty training is on the comprehensive treatment of tongue-tie, nasal obstruction, mouth breathing, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea. He is very active in clinical research relating to sleep disordered breathing with over 80+ peer-reviewed research publications in the fields of neuroscience, head and neck surgery, and sleep-disordered breathing.
Dr. Zaghi is particularly interested in studying the impact of tethered-oral tissues (such as tongue-tie) and oral myofascial dysfunction on maxillofacial development, upper airway resistance syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea. He is an invited lecturer, author, and journal reviewer for topics relating to the diagnosis and management of sleep-disordered breathing and tongue-tie disorders.
Research interests include: Study design, literature review, and statistical analysis. Special interest in collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects relating to airway and breathing disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, nasal obstruction, upper airway resistance syndrome, pediatric sleep disorders, myofunctional therapy, frenuloplasty, facial and airway development, and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery.
Clinical interests: Sleep and Breathing Disorders, Tongue-tie, Snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Nasal Obstruction, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, Inspiratory Flow Limitation, Sleep Endoscopy, Deviated Septum, Tonsil Hypertrophy, TMJ Pain, Teeth-grinding, Mouth Breathing, Frenuloplasty, Tonsillectomy, Septoplasty, Turbinate Reduction, Vivaer Nasal Valve Remodeling, Maxillary Skeletal Expansion, MMA Jaw Surgery.
Personal Interests: Salsa and ballroom dance; yoga/pilates; skiing; teaching, mentoring, research.
To wake up every day grateful for the air I breathe, for the life that has been given to me, for the challenges that make me stronger, and for the people that enrich my life and give it meaning.
To slow down and appreciate the beauty in every moment.
To always think positive, live life to its fullest, and to look for the best in everyone and everything.
Realize that your attitude determines your altitude, and that you can do anything you set your mind to.
University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science (BS), Neuroscience (major); Spanish (minor)
2002 – 2006
Activities and Societies: • SWC Blood Drive: Director, Publicity Chair • CPR-First Aid Instructor • Undergraduate Researcher: Physiology Department • Bruin Leaders Project: Oct. 2004- June 2005. • UCLA Travel Study: El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Summer 2004. • Salsa Classes at the UCLA Wooden Center: Spring 2004- Spring 2006; (7 consecutive quarters). • Ballroom Dance Club: Salsa, Tango, Waltz, Cha-cha, Swing. Fall 2003, Winter 2004.
Harvard Medical School
Doctor of Medicine (MD), Thesis: Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation
2006 – 2010
Activities and Societies: - Harvard Scholarly Concentration in a Special Field: Brain Stimulation. (10 peer-reviewed publications: 4 original articles, 2 review articles, 4 case reports) - Harvard Medical School: PASTEUR Program, Clinical Trial Scholar. (Summer clinical research introduction to unique strategies, specialized methods, and remarkable opportunities of patient-oriented research). - HMS Maimonides Society, Co-Director (2007-2008)
Internship: General Surgery (2010-11)
Residency: Head and Neck Surgery (2011-15)
Sleep Surgery Fellowship
Fellowship: Sleep Surgery (2015-16)
Maxillofacial and Airway Reconstruction Surgery
Instructor of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
Functional Approach to ENT - Sleep and Breathing: Adults and Pediatrics
Snoring – A loud, hoarse or harsh breathing sound that comes from loose, relaxed tissues that vibrate while breathing during sleep.
Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome - When snoring and resistance through the airway is significant enough to disrupt the quality of sleep. Sleep quality is generally disrupted to the point of causing clinical consequences such as difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep (insomnia), non-refreshing sleep, or excessive daytime sleepiness. Because of the very brief nature of the many arousals triggered by snoring, patients with UARS are typically unaware of these awakenings and generally do not know that they may be snoring if it were not for the witnessed reports from a bed partner or family member.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea – A potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and then starts again during sleep. It is caused by collapse and blockage of the upper airway. This can be a life threatening condition if not treated properly.
Precision Diagnostics and Treatments for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Tonsillectomy / Adenoidectomy
Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator (HGNS)
MMA: Maxillary Mandibular Advancement
Frenuloplasty- A procedure to correct tongue tie (ankyglossia) by using sutures to lengthen the lingual frenulum for patients with restricted tongue range of motion.
Nasal Obstruction – A common complaint of blockage or having difficulty breathing out of one or both the nostrils that is caused by inflammatory or structural problems of the nose.
Deviated Septum- A condition in which the nasal septum -- the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half -- is significantly off center, or crooked, making breathing difficult.
Nasal Valve Collapse - A relatively common cause of nasal obstruction characterized by collapse of the cartilaginous part of the nasal tip with inspiration.
Dr. Zaghi and our team at The Breathe Institute are proud to be continuing to provide online screenings for those suffering from nasal obstruction, snoring, sleep apnea, tongue-tie or for anyone seeking a healthier roadmap to better breathing and overall wellness.
We are honored to be considered emerging leaders in airway and breathing health, we have an extraordinary responsibility to give our all during tremendous uncertainty. We are grateful to be in a position to help patients connect with our doctors and therapists online to discuss symptoms, answer specific questions, or to get an expert second opinion, meanwhile honoring social distancing and staying in the comfort of their own home.
Don't hesitate to contact us with any medical questions you may have.
Soroush Zaghi, MD
Zaghi MD - The Breathe Institute
10921 Wilshire Blvd Suite #912
Los Angeles, CA 90024
For appointments: 310-579-9710
UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center
1250 16th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404