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Gastroenterology, Cancer, Esophageal Diseases, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Pancreatic & Biliary Tract Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty in Gastroenterology
Fellow, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Joined Virginia Mason - January 1983
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Without reservation, Dr. Kozarek is the best doctor I´ve known, and this from a patient who is, himself, a retired physician.
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!!
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.
Dr. Kozarek is the best.
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.
Dr Kozarek is a trusted physician!!!
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.
Very clear explanations.
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!
Dr K is one of the best in my opinion
Dr. Kozarek is "THE BEST"!
Everything was top-notch.
Dr. Kozarek is a very kind and compassionate Physician. I appreciate him very much!
Superior in all categories.
I tell everyone in my home state (Oregon) how excellent & compassionate my provider is and recommend him to everyone I can!
I love Dr. Kozarek. He is giving me my life back.
I´ve received excellent care!!
Dr. Kozarek is a superb clinician & a wonderful human being.
Fantastic incredible doctor "the" best! Am so lucky Dr. Kozarek could see me!
Dr. Kozarek is a genius - wise & caring. 1st doctor of a dozen that I feel pinpointed my problem (during a year of isolation).
Dr. Kozarek is an excellent physician in all areas. I really enjoyed him & the visit.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Kozarek is very caring and is always respectable to me. His is one of the best doctors.
I feel extremely fortunate to be in Dr. Kozereks care! He is the absolute best!
I was very impressed with the care I received- thank you!
I recommend Dr. Kozarek to anyone who needs an excellent gastroenterologist from where I live in Ontario...
Felt very comfortable in their care.
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
"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.
Richard A. Kozarek, MD - Curriculum Vitae