Benjamin Kozower, MD, MPH

Benjamin Kozower, MD, MPH

Surgeon, Thoracic Surgeon

Primary Academic Title

Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

Clinical Expertise

As a member of our lung and esophageal cancer specialist teams, Dr. Kozower cares for patients diagnosed with lung and esophageal cancers through treatment and recovery. Dr. Kozower also has expertise in robotic surgery.

Research Interest

Clinical outcomes, health services research, patient reported outcomes


  • 1997: MD, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.


  • 1997 - 2000: Resident, general surgery, University of Connecticut, Farmington, Conn.
  • 2000 - 2002: Research fellow, thoracic surgery, Washington University, St. Louis
  • 2002 - 2004: Resident, general surgery, University of Connecticut
  • 2004 - 2006: Resident, thoracic surgery, Washington University

Board Certification

  • 2014: American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • 2007: American Board of Surgery

Selected Research Publications

Assessment of Duration of Smoking Cessation Prior to Surgical Treatment of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer.
  • Heiden BT, Eaton DB, Chang SH, [...] Kozower BD, Puri V
  • Ann Surg 2023
Clonal Hematopoiesis and Risk of Incident Lung Cancer.
  • Tian R, Wiley B, Liu J, [...] Kozower BD, [...] Cao Y
  • J Clin Oncol 2023
Assessment of short readmissions following elective pulmonary lobectomy.
  • Heiden BT, Keller M, Meyers BF, [...] Kozower BD
  • Am J Surg 2023
A comparison of outcomes after lung transplantation between European and North American centers.
  • Yang Z, Takahashi T, Terada Y, [...] Kozower BD, [...] Puri V
  • J Heart Lung Transplant 2022
Are Sleeves the New Pneumonectomy?
  • Brandt WS, Kozower BD
  • Ann Thorac Surg 2022
Surveillance Imaging vs Symptomatic Recurrence Detection and Survival in Stage II-III Breast Cancer (AFT-01).
  • Schumacher JR, Neuman HB, Yu M, [...] Kozower BD, [...] Greenberg CC
  • J Natl Cancer Inst 2022
Pilot Study of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Patients With Esophageal Cancer After Esophagectomy.
  • Heiden BT, Subramanian MP, Liu J, [...] Kozower BD
  • Ann Thorac Surg 2022
Long-term patient-reported outcomes after non-small cell lung cancer resection.
  • Heiden BT, Subramanian MP, Liu J, [...] Kozower BD
  • J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2022
Association between lung cancer screening and smoking cessation.
  • Heiden BT, Engelhardt KE, Cao C, [...] Kozower BD
  • Cancer Epidemiol 2022

Contact Information

  • Washington University Medical Campus

    4921 Parkview Place
    Saint Louis, MO 63110

  • West St. Louis County

    Medical Office Building 2, 10 Barnes West Drive
    Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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