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Michael John Nabozny, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-3022

Office: (585) 275-5100

Fax: (585) 276-1992

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting



“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 (General Surgery) - American Board of Surgery


Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

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

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

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Journal Articles

Loria A, Jacobson T, Melucci AD, Bartell N, Nabozny MJ, Temple LK, Fleming FJ. "Sigmoid volvulus: Evaluating identification strategies and contemporary multicenter outcomes." American journal of surgery.. 2022 Aug 1; Epub 2022 Aug 01.

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; 267(4):677-682.