Trauma Division

Ben L. Zarzaur, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Zarzaur

Contact Person:
Nancy Stuart, 901-448-8140,

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 came to Memphis to complete his general surgery residency at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. During his residency, Dr. Zarzaur completed 2 years of basic science research in mucosal immunology and nutrition support with Dr. Kenneth Kudsk. After his general surgery 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. In 2006 he accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Surgery and Preventive Medicine 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. He also has a strong interest in the clinical care of injured patients as well as injury prevention. He is currently 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. Dr. Zarzaur supports his community through several efforts. He is the Executive Chair of the Commissioner's Council on Injury Prevention and Control and he is the Chair of the Tennessee Committee on Trauma and Trauma Care Advisory Council. Dr. Zarzaur is a medical team manager for Tennessee Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team and he has strong ties to the local EMS community.

He is married to Dr. Marlo Zarzaur who is a child therapist. They have two children – Mia and Ben.

Specialty and Clinical Interests

  • General Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery

Research and Interests

  • Socioeconomic determinants of post-injury quality of life and functional ability
  • Outpatient management of splenic injuries
  • Injury Prevention
  • Surgical outcomes
  • Trauma system design and effectiveness
  • Mentoring medical students and general surgery residents in clinical and outcomes research

University Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine

Medical School

  • University of Alabama School of Medicine

Post Doctoral Education

  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Master of Public Health

Board Certifications and Certificates

  • General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Hospital Affiliations

  • Regional Medical Center
  • VA Medical Center Memphis