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- Awards & Activities
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 VM - January 1983
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