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Michael John Nabozny, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-3022

Fax: (585) 276-1992

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

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“I try to bring a patient-centered approach, where instead of just outlining the risks and benefits, I attempt to tell a ‘story’ of what the range of possible outcomes are after surgery or trauma.”

Areas of Expertise

• General and Trauma Surgery
• Critical Care
• Medical Ethics
• Surgical Education
• Chest wall reconstruction after trauma

I chose trauma/emergency surgery because I enjoy the unique process. I meet someone on what might be their worst day of their life, treat them as I would a family member, and then see them through to their recovery. The most important part of surgery, whether urgent or elective, is often the decision to operate, and I work with patients and their families to come to a collaborative decision about the best path to take.

I have a research interest in surgical decision making, and how patients and their families actually come to make a medical decision. I am also interested in clinical research in emergency surgery and trauma, as I feel there is an ethical imperative to test new interventions to improve the quality of surgical and trauma care.



  • Surgical Critical Care - American Board of Surgery
  • Surgery - American Board of Surgery


MD | University of Rochester Medical Center

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2018 - 07/31/2020
Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

06/24/2012 - 06/23/2018
Residency in General Surgery at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

06/24/2011 - 06/23/2012
Internship in General Surgery at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

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Journal Articles

Weill SR, Layden AJ, Nabozny MJ, Leahy J, Claxton R, Zelenski AB, Zimmermann C, Childers J, Arnold R, Hall DE. "Applying VitalTalk Techniques to Best Case/Worst Case Training to Increase Scalability and Improve Surgeon Confidence in Shared Decision-making." Journal of surgical education.. 2022 Mar 1; Epub 2022 Mar 01.

Taylor LJ, Johnson SK, Nabozny MJ, Tucholka JL, Steffens NM, Kwekkeboom KL, Brasel KJ, Campbell TC, Schwarze ML. "Barriers to Goal-concordant Care for Older Patients With Acute Surgical Illness: Communication Patterns Extrinsic to Decision Aids." Annals of surgery.. 2018 Apr 0; 267(4):677-682.

Taylor LJ, Nabozny MJ, Steffens NM, Tucholka JL, Brasel KJ, Johnson SK, Zelenski A, Rathouz PJ, Zhao Q, Kwekkeboom KL, Campbell TC, Schwarze ML. "A Framework to Improve Surgeon Communication in High-Stakes Surgical Decisions: Best Case/Worst Case." JAMA surgery.. 2017 Jun 1; 152(6):531-538.