Zachary Hutzayluk Ii, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I grew up near Philadelphia, and am a newcomer to Colorado. I completed my undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and returned to Philadelphia for medical school, where I attended Thomas Jefferson Medical College. My journey west started with residency in Canton, Ohio, to complete my family medicine training at Aultman Hospital. After finishing my residency, I worked in an immediate care in Canton before moving out to Colorado to join Kaiser Permanente in 2014.
About my practice
I love family medicine because of the wide scope of practice. We see adults and children, men and women, young and old. We are not limited by body part or organ system. My patients know that they can reach me by email, phone or video visit if they have questions but don’t need an appointment. I work as a team with our specialists, pharmacists and others to coordinate my patients’ care.
I believe that patient education is the key to making the medical system work. It empowers patients to make good decisions regarding their care. I see the physician’s role becoming that of educator, and I see the family physician at the heart of this movement. Kaiser Permanente strives to put these tools at the disposal of their members. We can provide our patients with information, both in person and by providing ways to access accurate information, and encourage our patients to be active participants in their healthcare. When people buy in to this idea and feel responsible for their health, they are much more likely to thrive.
How I thrive
I have found that being active helps me to thrive, and I enjoy spending time outdoors. I like the hiking and biking that Colorado offers, and I have gained a deep respect for altitude. I enjoy playing and watching most sports, and have no plans to abandon my Philly teams. After spending my entire life close to sea level, I am still regularly shocked to see mountains when I look out the windows. I climbed Mount Evans before moving out to Denver and my goal is to work my way through the rest of Colorado’s 14ers.