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Benjamin  D.  Kozower,  MD, MPH

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Contact Information

Address: P.O. Box 800679, Charlottesville, VA, 22908-0709
Phone: 434.924.2145 Fax: 434.243.6131

Training & Certification


General Surgery, University of Connecticut


Thoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

  • Surgery

Clinical Practice

Conditions Treated:

Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Mediastinal Tumors, Achalasia, Hiatal Hernia, Paraesophageal Hernia, Hyperhidrosis, Lung Transplantation, Emphysema

Research Interest:

Health services and health outcomes research focusing on mortality following thoracic surgery and measuring hospital performance variation



Benjamin D. Kozower, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is board certified in Thoracic and General Surgery. Dr. Kozower joined the University of Virginia in 2006 and performs the entire scope of general thoracic surgery. His specialty interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer and minimally invasive esophageal surgery for hiatal hernias and achalasia.

Dr. Kozower completed his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Rochester. He completed his general surgery training at the University of Connecticut and his thoracic surgery residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. His postdoctoral studies include a thoracic surgery research fellowship at Washington University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Kozower is interested in health services research. He is the principal investigator on a study to develop models for predicting lung cancer survival and investigating the relationship between discharge to a skilled nursing facility, hospital length of stay and readmission following thoracic surgery. This proposal was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2009. He is widely published in professional journals related to thoracic surgery and his research.

For leisure, Dr. Kozower enjoys hiking and cooking.

  • 2010 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Innovations Exchange, Tobacco Cessation Project
  • 2010 J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Award: Outstanding Paper in General Thoracic Surgery- Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual  Meeting Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 2010 Academic Excellence Award, Department of Surgery, University of Virginia
  • 2010 Leadership in Academic Matters, University of Virginia
  • 2009 School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Virginia
  • 2009 School of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators, University of Virginia
  • 2004 Chief Resident Teaching Award, University of Connecticut
  • 2004 Ludwig J. Pyrtek Award: Outstanding Academic Contribution to the University of Connecticut
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