Hey everyone! I’m Ben. I was born and raised in Peoria, Arizona, and grew up in a rambunctious family with four older siblings. With a police officer for a father, and a superhero homemaker for a mother, I was always enamored by emergency services and the art of caring for others. After spending a summer volunteering in a local emergency room during high school, I was hooked on all things emergency medicine—and after many years of following that path, I’m thrilled to be fulfilling my dream at the University of Chicago.
I had the great fortune to attend Stanford University for undergrad where I studied Human Biology. While at Stanford, I worked for the football team in the sports medicine department during the infamous Harbaugh era (Go Card!). Nonetheless, my passion for emergency medicine prevailed and lead me to become a certified EMT which allowed me to volunteer with the Stanford Emergency Medical Service. I eventually became a board member of Stanford EMS, coordinated the EMT training program, and served as a teaching assistant—further venturing down the rabbit hole of emergency medicine. While studying abroad in Cape Town for six months, I conducted research on the juvenile justice system in South Africa, culminating in an honors thesis that was awarded the Edith and Norman Abrams Award for Public Interest Advocacy. Still, I couldn’t shake the emergency medicine bug—and so I also split my time in South Africa helping a colleague develop a community-based emergency first responder training program in the township of Manenberg.
After graduating in 2011, I worked as the Autopsy Coordinator at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where I oversaw the procurement of brain tissue from patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. Two years later, I moved to the much colder climate of Boston where I attended Harvard Medical School. During my time at HMS, I was again given the opportunity to conduct research abroad—this time in Guatemala—where I piloted a medication dosing app that I developed for a rural clinic in Quetzaltenango. The project won the Massachusetts Medical Society Information Technology Award and was published in BMJ Innovations. With a newfound interest in learning how to develop sustainable improvements in healthcare abroad, I subsequently enrolled in the Harvard Business School where I completed my MBA.
I am ecstatic to begin residency at the University of Chicago alongside my very distinguished colleagues. During my interview day, I was blown away by how talented, diverse, friendly, and genuinely happy the residents and faculty were, and I instantly knew that I had found my new home. It was also a bonus that the program offers opportunities to work as a flight physician aboard a helicopter through UCAN. Above all, however, I am most excited to work with—and be an advocate for—the patients on the South Side of Chicago who rely on the U of C Emergency Department for vital medical care. There are few places in the country with comparable levels of severe economic and health disparities found in Chicago’s South Side, and the moral imperative to make whatever difference I could in this community was too strong to ignore. Given the arrival of the new level 1 trauma center at the medical center, this is perhaps the most exciting and rewarding time to be working as an EM physician at the University of Chicago and I am thrilled to see the impact it will have on the community.
When I’m not in the hospital, you can usually find me running, playing volleyball, playing guitar, or exploring museums. When given the chance to venture home, however, my favorite thing in the world is to play with my ever growing number of nieces and nephews.