A true hoosier, Ben was born in Bloomington, IN, and stayed there for undergrad at IU where he was a 4 year swimmer and academic all-american. He stayed at IU for medical school, graduating in 2004 and immediately began his IUEM residency. After completing residency, Ben started as teaching faculty at Methodist, which he considers a dream job.
Since joining the Methodist faculty, Ben has made a substantial impact on our department in several ways. He led our departmental journal clubs and M&M conferences for several years and is one of our department's most established and published experts in Evidence Based Medicine. As of 2020, he serves as the departmental Director of Quality for IU Health's Adult Academic Health Center and he chairs the statewide IU Health ED Clinical Effectiveness Council. He has established a research niche in cardiac arrest, but has published on a number of topics. There is still nothing he likes more about his job, however, than clinical teaching and the camaraderie of working in a teaching emergency department. He has won the Methodist EM Faculty Teacher of the Year (as voted on by the EM residents) twice and was Methodist's inaugural winner of the Chisholm-Rodgers Teaching Award. He has also won teacher of the year for the transitional year residency program. In combining his affinity for teaching, science, and research, he accepted the role of "Scholar in Residence" for the department, helping mentor many of our junior researchers.
When he's not working, Ben has many interests that keep him busy. He enjoys outdoor sports and games like volleyball, frisbee, running, scuba, and fishing. He has a serious fondness for good food (steak) and drink (scotch). He is the guy you are looking for if you like to throw a friendly wager on a sporting event or card game. He has two very awesome daughters, Kira and Haley, who are both competitive swimmers.