Eugene H. Koziara Jr., MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I grew up in Michigan, in the Detroit suburbs. I met my wife while I was in medical school over 25 years ago. Before coming to Kaiser Permanente, we spent over 18 years in Central Florida where I completed my residency training. Our three children were born in Orlando, Fla., and the youngest is now in high school. They grow up so fast!Growing up, I wanted to either be a major league baseball player or a doctor. I played travel baseball in high school and had a lifetime thrill of playing in the 1976 Mickey Mantle World Series in Texas. My team from the Detroit area came in third in the nation! I thought I had a better chance of becoming a doctor though, so I hung up my baseball spikes my senior year of high school and set my goal on medicine. I wanted to work with people and have always enjoyed science, so medicine has been a great fit.
About my practice
My board certification is family medicine. I currently limit my practice to 18 years and older. I think of my role as being an enabler, motivator and teacher. Information is power. If I can pass on the right information to our members and help motivate them to move along a healthy path, I believe I am helping them maximize their health.One reason I chose to practice at Kaiser Permanente is it gives me many tools to help enable patients to maximize their health. These tools include wonderful specialists, a top-notch electronic medical record system and clinical pharmacists, to name a few.
How I thrive
We attend church regularly. I have been to Africa and Third World countries for medical mission trips multiple times. My overseas travels have added considerable enjoyment to my practice. It has given me perspective, improved insight and deeper respect for other cultures.My other interests include hiking, gardening and landscape design. I enjoy wildlife photography with a special emphasis on birds.