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Rosemary A. Kozar, MD, PhD

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Administrative Title:

Acting Director of the National Study Center (NSC); Co-Director of STAR-ORC

Additional Title:

Director of Translational Research


22 S. Greene Street Baltimore, MD 21201

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Education and Training



B.S., Rehabilitation, Indiana University of PA

Post-baccalaureate, University of Pittsburgh

M.D., Temple University School of Medicine 

Ph.D., Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine


Post Graduate Education and Training


Internship, General Surgery, University of TX Health Science Center at Houston

General Surgery Residency, University of TX Health Science Center at Houston

General Surgery Residency, Temple University School of Medicine

Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care, University of TX Health Science Center at Houston



Dr. Rosemary Kozar is currently Professor of Surgery and Director of Translational Research at the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. She completed medical school at Temple University School of Medicine then surgical training and surgical critical care at the University of Texas Houston and Temple University while also obtaining a PhD at Baylor College of Medicine.  Her research interests are in nutrition in the critically ill and endothelial dysfunction after hemorrhagic shock. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and has been continuously funded by the NIH for almost 15 years.  In addition to her role in the AAST, she serves as committee chair for the American College of Surgeons Verification Review Committee of the COT and the Women in Surgery Committee and is past President-elect of the Shock Society. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

hemorrhagic shock, syndecan-1, endothelial dysfunction, injured elderly, liver trauma

Highlighted Publications

Basic Science Publications

WuF, PengZ, ParkPW, KozarRA. Loss of syndecan-1 abrogates the pulmonary protective phenotype induced by plasma after hemorrhagic shock. Shock. 2017 Jan 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Peng Z, Pati S, Potter D, Brown R, Holcomb JB, Grill R, Wataha K, Park PW, Xue H,  Kozar RA. Fresh frozen plasma lessens pulmonary endothelial inflammation and hyperpermeability after hemorrhagic shock and is associated with loss of syndecan-1. Shock. 2013 40(3):195-202.

Ban K, Peng Z, Kozar RA. Inhibition of ERK ½ worsens intestinal ischemia/reperfusion injury. PLoS One 2013, Sep 20;8(9):e76790.


Key Clinical Publications:

Kozar RA, Arbabi S, Stein D, Shackford SR, Barraco RD, Biffl WL, Brasel KJ, Cooper Z, Fakhry SM, Livingston D, Moore FA, Luchette F. Injury in the aged: Geriatric trauma care at the crossroads. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015, Jun;78(6):1197-209

Moisey LL, Mourtzakis M, Cotton BA, Premji T, Heyland DK, Wade CE, Bulger E, Kozar RA.Skeletal muscle predicts ventilator-free days, ICU-free days, and mortality in elderly ICU patients. Critical Care 2013, Sep 19;17(5):R206.

Kozar RA, Feliciano DV, Moore EE, Moore FA, Cocanour CS, West MA, Davis JW, McIntyre RC Jr. Western Trauma Association/Critical Decisions in Trauma: Operative Management of Adult Blunt Hepatic Trauma. J Trauma. 2011 Jul;71(1):1-5.