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Richard A. Kozarek, MD
Richard A. Kozarek, MD
Would recommend provider
4.9 out of 5 stars

91 Patient Ratings

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Digestive Disease Institute
Colorectal Cancer
Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center


Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 223-6600

Gastroenterology, Cancer, Esophageal Diseases, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Pancreatic & Biliary Tract Disease

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty in Gastroenterology
Fellow, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Joined Virginia Mason - January 1983

Patient Ratings
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Would recommend provider
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.9 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
5.0 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.9 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.9 out of 5 stars

Patient Comments
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April 2017
Dr kozarek reviewed my case with a resident physician and renewed my Entyvio infusions. It was good to get a historical review of my treatments and realize how much better I feel currently.

April 2017
very pleased w Dr K. grateful he was able to see me

April 2017
I already have recommended your hospital. The difficult is the location. I live in Nevada. Your care is...

April 2017
Dr. Kozarek - Best in the world!

April 2017
I recommend Dr. Kozarek all the time -

March 2017
Dr. Kozarek is an outstanding physician - knowledgeable, concerned, personable. It has been my pleasure to have him as my gastroenterologist for a number years.

March 2017
Very much appreciated providers diligence - showed me results of prior _____, explained and demonstrated biopsy procedures, was not rushed probably spent about 40 minutes with me.

March 2017
I feel very blessed to have been referred to Dr. Kozarek. He is a kind, caring physician who has great concern for the welfare of his patients. He explained the procedure in lay terms and gave me all the time I needed for questions and concerns.

February 2017
Should be all 10s. I have learnt I can trust this doctor more than any doctor I have ever had.

January 2017
I had the most excellent care that one could ask for. I have the utmost confidence & respect for Dr. Kozarek.

November 2016
Without reservation, Dr. Kozarek is the best doctor I´ve known, and this from a patient who is, himself, a retired physician.

October 2016
Dr. Kozarek is excellent in all ways - he is an expert in his field, he listens to you & talks with you, not at you. He is very compassionate & truly cares for his patients!!

September 2016
I´ve been having a lot of med problems since my accident in 1994. I´ve seen literally hundred of doc., none of them is as good. I described his manners and his knowledge to my endocrinologist. I swear she changed and got very good.

September 2016
Dr. Kozarek is the best.

September 2016
Dr. Kozarek is amazing and I always feel that I am receiving the best care. He keeps me informed on new treatment options and always treats me with a very personable care.

August 2016
Dr. Kozarek is the best I´ve ever had. I feel very lucky to live in the Puget Sound region and have access to his knowledge and care.

August 2016
Dr Kozarek is a trusted physician!!!

August 2016
Very clear explanations.

July 2016
Dr. Kozarek has been my doctor for about 20 years. He has always had my health issues and worked with my family provider as a priority - I would not be alive without his excellent knowledge!

July 2016
Dr. Kozarek is "THE BEST"!

July 2016
Dr K is one of the best in my opinion

June 2016
Everything was top-notch.

May 2016
Dr. Kozarek is a very kind and compassionate Physician. I appreciate him very much!

May 2016
Superior in all categories.

April 2016
I tell everyone in my home state (Oregon) how excellent & compassionate my provider is and recommend him to everyone I can!

April 2016
I love Dr. Kozarek. He is giving me my life back.

March 2016
EXCELLENT experience.

February 2016
I´ve received excellent care!!

January 2016
Dr. Kozarek is a superb clinician & a wonderful human being.

January 2016
Fantastic incredible doctor "the" best! Am so lucky Dr. Kozarek could see me!

January 2016
Dr. Kozarek is a genius - wise & caring. 1st doctor of a dozen that I feel pinpointed my problem (during a year of isolation).

December 2015
Dr. Kozarek is an excellent physician in all areas. I really enjoyed him & the visit.

December 2015
I actually became a bit emotional (back in my car for a bit) after I saw Dr. Kozarek because he makes me feel like he will take good care of me every time I talk with him across from the desk. He looks you right in the eye, he knows your record, he knows what he´s talking about, he has a calming voice, and does a very good targeted review of systems getting to the heart of the entire system of the body (autoimmune related, etc). I feel he is empathic, compassionate, and kind of gets to the heart and gut of things by just palpating your stomach and listening to it (magic ears and knowledge). I admire his skill because as a psychiatrist I think in systems and like to take a holistic (medical/psychological/social) formulation with my patients. I have no idea how Dr. Kozarek does this in about 10 minutes max. He is such a master clinician, it is very comforting. I think that´s why I became a little emotional. I was quite touched. I felt cared for. It also made me sad though, because I hope he doesn´t retire. In fact, even if he has to in the next decade, I hope that he still sees some of his patients, even half time or quarter time, because it really helps to organize me. I´m not as comfortable with my GP and was able to talk with Dr. Kozarek about it. He encouraged me to take care of my whole health a bit better (I hate going to the doctors) and gave me a recommendation. I really appreciate him. He did in about 5-10 minutes, what I don´t think a master psychiatrist could do. That was impressive. I hope he reads this and knows that. Thanks, Dr. Kozarek and Sue and all. You are an amazing team and the hospital is lucky to have you all.

November 2015
This provider is very experienced and informed about my condition and is good at explanations and is very kind and polite. However, can have a tendency to spend inordinate amounts of time talking about subjects other than my condition itself and then I´m given little to no time to get my own questions answered about my condition. Very good at controlling the time used in the appt but not so great at actually finding out what concerns the patient has about the condition, whether that is of interest to the provider or not. Perhaps this is due to the fact that not much in terms of actual remedial treatments are available for this condition. But, there´s a place for just asking the patient what their concerns are rather than having a pre-determined approach to the time allotted for the visit.

November 2015
Top notch and very professional. Did not talk down to me, but provided complete and relevant information. Really listened. Showed me in detail the catscan images. Evaluated my entire health history to determine recommendations. Fantastic experience - Dr. Kozarek is the model of what all doctors should aspire to.

November 2015
Dr. Kozarek is very caring and is always respectable to me. His is one of the best doctors.

October 2015
I feel extremely fortunate to be in Dr. Kozereks care! He is the absolute best!

October 2015
I was very impressed with the care I received- thank you!

July 2015
I recommend Dr. Kozarek to anyone who needs an excellent gastroenterologist from where I live in Ontario...

June 2015
Felt very comfortable in their care.

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Special Interest(s)
Therapeutic endoscopy, pancreaticobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, research on gastrointestinal disorders and endoscopic technology

University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, 1973

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1974

Internal Medicine, Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, 1976

Gastroenterology, Phoenix Veterans Administration Medical Center, University of Arizona, Phoenix and Tucson, 1978

On Patients
"Most illness can be adequately diagnosed, but not all illness is curable. My job as a physician is to diagnose the cause of patient signs and symptoms and cure with behavior modification, medication or the least invasive form of surgery. Or, if a cure is not possible, I try to improve the patient’s symptoms to the best of my ability."

On Virginia Mason
"Virginia Mason is the best in the West."

Professional Activities and Awards

Clinical Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine, Past President, World Gastroenterology Organization, Past President, Society for Gastrointestinal Intervention; Past President, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; ASGE Rudolf V. Schindler Award, 2005, included in Seattle magazine’s Top Doctors list for the past 10 years.

Curriculum Vitae
Richard A. Kozarek, MD - Curriculum Vitae