Ben L. Zarzaur, MD, MPH

Adjunct Professor of Surgery

EZ 2-431
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Zarzaur was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended college at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama 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 in Birmingham, Alabama. 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 of 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 the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  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.  He was recruited to Indiana University School of Medicine as the Director of Outcomes Research in the Department of Surgery.  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 pursuits, Dr. Zarzaur also has a strong interest in the clinical care of injured patients and is the Trauma Medical Director at Eskenazi Health. Dr. Zarzaur supports his community through several efforts.  He has served as the Chair of the Tennessee Committee on Trauma as well as the Chair of the Trauma Care Advisory Council.  He is currently a member of the Indiana Department of Health Trauma Advisory Council.  Dr. Zarzaur is a medical team manager for an Urban Search and Rescue Team and he has strong ties to the local EMS community.

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