Ben is a true Hoosier at heart (and in every other way). He was born in Bloomington, IN, and stayed there to go to undergrad at IU. He was an IU national team member and a Big Ten finalist as a swimmer during that time. Upon graduating, he went to medical school at IU. He completed medical school in 2004 and continued at IU as an Emergency Medicine resident. During his third year of residency, he was named the IUEM Resident Teacher of the Year. Upon completion of residency, Ben spent one year working at three (very) different emergency departments (IU med center, Methodist, Clarian West). In July of 2008, Ben started as a full time teaching faculty at Methodist, which he considers his dream job.
Since joining the Methodist faculty full time, Ben has made a substantial impact in several ways. He helped revamp the departmental journal club while developing an international reputation as an expert in evidence-based medicine, serving for several years now as a tutor at the prestigious McMaster's annual EBM workshop and publishing several systematic reviews and review papers. While he continues to teach and publish in the area of EBM, he has now moved into more active research, with a primary focus in cardiac arrest. He has been involved with multiple prospective studies in both cardiac arrest and heart failure. There is still nothing he likes more about his job, however, than clinical teaching and the camaraderie of working in a teaching emergency department.
When he's not working, Ben has many interests that keep him busy. He enjoys any outdoor sports, including volleyball, frisbee, running, and scuba. 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 a beautiful wife, Tracie, and two amazing daughters, Kira and Haley, who are both now swimming competitively.