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Richard A. Kozarek, MD
4.9 out of 5
Would recommend this provider
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Areas of Expertise

Therapeutic endoscopy, pancreaticobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, clinical research, research on gastrointestinal disorders and endoscopic technology

Curriculum Vitae
Richard A. Kozarek, MD


Personal Information

I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, traveling the world and reading one book a week.

Clinical Experience
Gastroenterology, Cancer, Esophageal Diseases, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Pancreatic & Biliary Tract Disease, Colon Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Rectal Cancer
Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty in Gastroenterology
Fellow, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Fellow, American Gastroenterology Association
Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Master, of the World Gastroenterology Organization

Education and Professional Achievements
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
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 Rudolph Schindler Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005
Seattle magazine’s Top Doctors list for the past 18 years.
Top Doctor, Seattle Met Magazine: 2019

Patient Ratings and Comments
Patient Ratings
All ratings are submitted by Virginia Mason patients and are verified by an independent, national patient survey company. Ratings are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. Learn about the ratings.
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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May 2018
*Dr. Kozarek is exceptional!!
April 2018
*Dr. Kozarek is a very thoughtful clinician who is outstanding in every regard - personal integrity, clinical skills.
April 2018
Very good!!!
April 2018
I´ve known *Dr. Kozarek x30 yrs. I had a specific condition is why I only go to him - ONLY trust him and the care him and his team provide. He´s very thorough and personable along with his team and all of Virginia Mason employees, living in California - make special trip for him only for my care!
April 2018
*Dr. Kozarek & his team are always caring and helpful. H always explains stuff in a manner that myself and my husband understand.
April 2018
*Dr. Kozarek rocks!
March 2018
There are not enough words to describe Dr. K. He has a great passion for his work and patients. He always includes my husband in the conversation and asks how he´s doing as well. I would give him a #10!!
March 2018
I have been blessed to have Dr. Kozarek as my care provider. His caring heart for my well-being is evident - He wants the very best for his patients.
February 2018
Dr. Kozarek is an outstanding physician. His skilled care, knowledgeable explanations, and long term interest promotes patients´ health, mental and physical.
February 2018
We feel very pleased we have Dr. Kozarek as our care provider. 1 & 2. Always.
February 2018
Dr. Kozarek is excellent at showing and explaining what needs to be done. Very confident in his abilities.
February 2018
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Kozarek. He spent a lot of time explaining everything to me. He has a gentle confidence that was very comforting. A humble man who I am so very grateful to.
February 2018
I was referred here to D.K and I can say that I have never been treated so well by anyone else other than my M.D. D.K. LISTENS to me, and treats me like a patient, not a number. I cried after my first appointment. My last specialist treated me like I was dumb, and making up all my symptoms to be treated with respect? to be treated and validate my years of pain? Yes please!
December 2017
I flew in from Idaho to see Dr. Kozarek (awesome & caring) all dr.´s & people working w/me from barium swallow, endoscopy, & motility study where all wonderful. Attendants, greeters were welcoming. 1. Dr. Kozarek
November 2017
I drive 2 1/2 hrs. just to see Dr. Kozarek.
November 2017
Dr. Kozarek has been the most compassionate caring professional I have ever dealt with.
November 2017
Dr. Kozarek has always been the best. He is compassionate, knowledgable & caring. He has been one of the side reasons I am alive today.
September 2017
Dr. Kozarek is an excellent doctor. he takes care of his patients very well. His staff is also really good.
July 2017
Great doctor! Great assistant!
June 2017
I have absolute confidence in Dr. Kozarek. I trust his judgement and his instructions. Aside from his excellent qualifications I believe him to be a very good person. That´s also important to me.
June 2017
Love Dr. Kozarek. Provides lots of information. Is open to new ideas. Excellent physician.
June 2017
Dr. Kozarek is truly a life saver. I´ve been seeing him for many years & he is always personable, professional, and truly cares about your health & well-being. I´ve referred him to many people. Thank you for your compassion to your patients & your work!!
May 2017
Excellent experience.
May 2017
"The best."
May 2017
Dr. Kozarek is outstanding!!!
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
Dr. Kozarek was wonderful throughout the entire treatment. He was extremely knowledgeable.
April 2017
I already have recommended your hospital. The difficult is the location. I live in Nevada. Your care is...
April 2017
I recommend Dr. Kozarek all the time -
April 2017
Dr. Kozarek - Best in the world!
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.