Justin Ziemba, MD, MS
Justin B. Ziemba, M.D. M.S. Ed. is currently an Assistant Professor of Urology in Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ziemba attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his undergraduate studies. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology in 2006. After completing his undergraduate degree, he attended the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, earning his medical degree in 2010. He stayed at the University of Pennsylvania to complete his general surgery internship and urologic surgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Following his residency, he spent 2 years as a clinical and research fellow in minimally invasive surgery and endourology at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Instructor of Urology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. While in practice, he completed a master of science in education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in 2020.
Dr. Ziemba’s clinical focus is on the surgical treatment and medical management of kidney stone disease. This clinical focus is supported by a McCabe Foundation Award aimed at understanding how kidney stone treatment may impact a patient’s health-related quality of life. He is also a co-investigator on several federally funded research projects. The first funded by the NIH examines the application of machine learning to CT imaging to assist with clinical and surgical decision making. The second funded by PCORI examines the clinical effectiveness and impact on the quality of life of children who undergo surgical treatment for kidney stones.
He also remains committed to improving health care quality and patient safety. He has advanced training in quality improvement methodology and adverse event investigation through a graduate certificate from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He is active in the American Urological Association by serving as a member of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee. He has also served on several hospital committees aimed at improving the care provided to patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, he was awarded the Quality and Patient Safety Innovator Award from the University of Pennsylvania Health System for his efforts to enhance high-value care among trainees. He continues to serve as a bridging leader straddling the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Department of Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Improvement and Graduate Medical Education to translate health system safety and quality priorities into practice within the clinical learning environment.