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Benjamin D. Kozower, MD, MPH

  • Professor of Surgery

Medical School

MD, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1997

Graduate School

Master of Public Health, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2009

Post Doctoral Education

General Surgery Residency, University of Connecticut, Farmington, Connecticut, 1997-2000, 2002-2004

Thoracic Surgery Research Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2000-2002

Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004-2006

Board Certifications

Board Certified, Surgery
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery

Honors and Awards

2016     Top Doctor - Castle Connolly, Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

2015     Extraordinary Volunteer Leadership Award, Society of Thoracic Surgeons

2015     American Association for Thoracic Surgery Leadership Academy, Seattle, Washington

2015     Richard E. Clark Award: Outstanding Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database Paper – Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego, California

2014     Extraordinary Volunteer Leadership Award, Society of Thoracic Surgeons

2014     Chair, Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database Taskforce

2013     Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Highlighted Research Activity, Complexities of the Volume-Outcome Relationship

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, Florida

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

Clinical Interests

Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, robotic surgery, lung transplantation, benign foregut surgery, hiatal hernia, achalasia, esophageal diverticulum, pectus excavatum (adult) and thymus/myasthenia gravis

Research Interests

Clinical outcomes, effective surveillance following lung cancer surgery

Grants
Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute: R-APD-1306-00727
Improving the effectiveness of routine surveillance following lung cancer resection.
Role: Principal Investigator
07/01/14-06/30/17

National Cancer Institute: 5T32CA163177-05
Postdoctoral Training Grant for Surgical Oncology Research
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
09/01/14-8/31/19

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute: R-APD-P
Optimizing the effectiveness of routine post-treatment surveillance in prostate cancer survivors.
Role: Co-investigator (10% effort)
01/01/16-12/31/19


Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
Jacqueline Maritz Lung Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite B, Floor 8
St. Louis, MO 63110
Appointments: 314-362-8089

Siteman Cancer Center South County
5225 Midamerica Plaza
Saint Louis, MO 63129
Appointments: 314-362-8089

Siteman Cancer Center West County
#10 Barnes West Drive, (MOB 2), Suite 100
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Appointments: 314-362-8089

Selected Publications

Fernandez FG, Kosinski A, Burfiend W,  Park B, DeCamp MM, Seder C, Marshall B, Magee MJ, Wright CD, Kozower BD. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons lung cancer resection risk model: Higher quality data and superior outcomes. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016; 102(2):370-7.

Seder CW, Wright CD, Chang AC, Han JM, McDonald D, Kozower BD. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database Update on Outcomes and Quality. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016; 101(5):1646-54.

Raymond DP, Seder CW, Wright CD, Magee MJ, Kosinski A, Cassivi SD, Grogan EL, Blackmon SH, Allen MS, Park BJ, Burfeind WR, Chang AC, DeCamp MM, Wormuth DW,  Fernandez FG, Kozower BD.  Predictors of major morbidity or mortality after resection for esophageal cancer: A Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database risk adjustment model. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016;102(1):207-14.

Hu Y, Puri V, Shami VM, Stukenborg GJ, *Kozower BD. Comparative effectiveness of esophagectomy versus endoscopic treatment for esophageal high-grade dysplasia. Ann Surg. 2016; 263(4):719-26.

Kozower BD, O’Brien SM, Kosinski A, Magee MJ, Dokholyan R, Jacobs JP, Shahian DM, Wright CD, Fernandez FG. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons composite score for rating program performance for lobectomy for lung cancer. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016; 101(4):1379-87.

Hu Y, McMurry TL, Stukenborg GJ, *Kozower BD. Readmission predicts 90-day mortality after esophagectomy: Analysis of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Registry linked to Medicare outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015; 150(5):1254-60.

Kozower BD. Anastomotic leaks and cancer recurrence: Associations versus causality. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015;150(1):49.

Kozower BD. Failure to rescue: An evolving quality metric. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015; 149(5):1247-8.

McMurry TL, Hu Y, Blackstone EH, *Kozower BD. Propensity scores: Methods, considerations and applications in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015;150(1):14-9.

Fernandez FG, Falcoz PE, Kozower BD, Salati M, Wright CD, Brunelli A. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Databases: Joint standardization of variable definitions and terminology. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015;99(1):368-76.

Fernandez FG, Kozower BD, Crabtree TD, Force SD, Lau C, Pickens A, Krupnick AS, Veeramachaneni N, Patterson GA, Jones DR, Meyers BF. Utility of mediastinoscopy in clinical stage I lung cancers at risk for occult mediastinal nodal metastases. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2015;149(1):35-42.

Hu Y, McMurry T, Isbell JM, Stukenborg GJ, Kozower BD. Readmission after lung cancer resection is associated with a six-fold increase in 90-day postoperative mortality. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014; 148(5):2261-67.

McDonnell KK, Bullock FC, Kozower BD, Hollen PJ, Heath J, Rovnyak V. A decision aid to improve smoking abstinence for families facing cancer. Onc Nursing Forum. 2014;41(6):649-58.

Hu Y, Craig SJ, Rowlingson JC, Morton SP, Thomas CJ, Persinger MB, Isbell J, Lau CL, Kozower BD. Early removal of urinary catheter after surgery requiring thoracic epidural: a prospective trial. J Card & Vasc Anesth. 2014;28(5):1302-6.

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