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Ben L. Zarzaur Jr., MD, MPH, FACS


  • Endowed Chair, Sylvia and Royal Lichtfeldt Burn Center Professorship
  • Division Chair of Acute Care and Regional General Surgery

Dr. Zarzaur was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and attended Spring Hill College in Mobile where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He went on to medical school at The University of Alabama School of Medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. Zarzaur completed residency training in General Surgery at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. During his residency, Dr. Zarzaur spent two years exploring how the mucosal immune system is influenced by different types of nutrition support under the guidance of his mentor, Dr. Kenneth Kudsk.

After residency, Dr. Zarzaur completed a Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  He stayed in Chapel Hill where he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at UNC. While there, Dr. Zarzaur earned a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In 2006 he moved back to Memphis and became an Associate Professor of Surgery at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Zarzaur received a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of socio-economic disparities in quality of life and functional ability after injury. Dr. Zarzaur has also been the Principle Investigator of an 11 site multi-institutional study funded by the National Trauma Institute to determine long-term outcomes after blunt spleen injury in adults.

In 2014, he was recruited to Indiana University School of Medicine as the Founder and Director of the Center for Outcomes Research in the Department of Surgery. While at there, he served as the Vice-Chair of Clinical Research as well as the Chief of Surgery and Trauma Medical Director at Eskenazi Health.

Dr. Zarzaur joined the faculty in the Department of Surgery at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health in 2019. Currently, Dr. Zarzaur is funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the effectiveness of collaborative care interventions at improving long-term outcomes in older injured patients.

In addition to his research interests, Dr. Zarzaur has also served as a member and leader in many local, regional and national trauma organizations. He has served as the Chair of the Tennessee Committee on Trauma as well as the Chair of the Trauma Care Advisory Council. He was a member of the Indiana Department of Health Trauma Advisory Council. Currently, he is a member of the National Committee on Trauma.  While in Memphis, Dr. Zarzaur was a medical team manager for an Urban Search and Rescue Team and has been deployed as part of disaster response.
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  • MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Residency, General Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • MPH, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Zarzaur is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He has special expertise in the operative management of injured patients and those with general surgical emergencies.

Research Interests

Dr. Zarzaur is interested in long-term, patient centered outcomes who have suffered injury or an acute surgical illness. He and his multi-disciplinary team have developed an innovative and scalable collaborative care model that is focused on improving the long-term functional ability and quality of life of these patients.

Dr. Zarzaur’s lab

Recent Publications

  • A Mediation Analysis Examining High Risk, Anticholinergic Medication Use, Delirium, and Dementia After Major Surgery.
    Mohanty S, Lindroth H, Timsina L, Holler E, Jenkins P, Ortiz D, Hur J, Gillio A, Zarzaur B, Boustani M
    J Surg Res 2024 Apr 15; 298: 222-229
    [PubMed ID: 38626720]

  • Pain management in trauma: the need for trauma-informed opioid prescribing guidelines.
    Baltes A, Horton DM, Malicki J, Trevino C, Agarwal S, Zarzaur BL, Brown RT
    Trauma Surg Acute Care Open 2024; 9(1): e001294
    [PubMed ID: 38352958]

  • Mobile Critical Care Recovery Program for Survivors of Acute Respiratory Failure: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
    Khan BA, Perkins AJ, Khan SH, Unverzagt FW, Lasiter S, Gao S, Wang S, Zarzaur BL, Rahman O, Eltarras A, Qureshi H, Boustani MA
    JAMA Netw Open 2024 Jan 02; 7(1): e2353158
    [PubMed ID: 38289602]

  • Is nonoperative management of appendicitis safe and effective in multi-morbid patients?
    Lunardi N, Meier J, Pham TH, Zarzaur BL, Agarwal S, Sharath S, Kougias P, Balentine CJ
    Surgery 2024 Feb; 175(2): 258-264
    [PubMed ID: 38040596]

  • To leave or not to leave: American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) panel discussion on personal, parental, and family leave.
    Kheirbek T, Hashmi DL, Bankhead BK, Holena DN, Winfield RD, Zarzaur BL, Hartwell J, Stassen NA, Foster SM
    Trauma Surg Acute Care Open 2023; 8(1): e001104
    [PubMed ID: 38020861]

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