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 started as teaching faculty at Methodist, which he considers his dream job.
Since joining the Methodist faculty full time, Ben has made a substantial impact on our department in several ways. He led our departmental journal club for several years, and is one of our department's most established and published experts in Evidence Based Medicine. He continues to oversee the departmental monthly M&M conference. As of 2020, he serves as the departmental Director of Quality for IU Health's Academic Health Center. He has established a research niche in cardiac arrest, although he 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 resident program. In combining his affinity for teaching, science, and research, he is now serving as an overseer of EM resident research projects.
When he's not working, Ben has many interests that keep him busy. He enjoys any outdoor sports, including 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 amazing daughters, Kira and Haley, who are both now swimming competitively.
Many of the publications I'm most proud of are publications that I was the senior (last) supervising author on for resident or junior faculty first authors.
Wang AZ, Schaffer JT, Holt DB, Morgan KL, Hunter BR. Troponin Testing and Coronary Syndrome in Geriatric Patients with Nonspecific Complaints: Are We Overtesting? Academic Emergency Medicine. 2020 Jan;27(1):6-14.
Matusz, EC, Schaffer JT, Bachmeier BA, Kirschner JM, Musey Jr. PI, Roumpf SK, Strachan CC, Hunter BR. Evaluation of Nonfatal Strangulation in Alert Adults. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2020;75(3):329-338.
Turner JS, Bucca AW, Propst SL, Ellender TJ, Sarmiento EJ, Menard LM, Hunter BR. Association of Checklist Use in Endotracheal Intubation With Clinically Important Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Network Open. 2020 Accepted in Press.
Roberts BW, Kilgannon JH, Hunter BR, Puskarich MA, Pierce L, Donnino M, Leary M, Kline JA, Jones AE, Shapiro NI, Abella BS, Trzeciak S. Association Between Early Hyperoxia Exposure After Resuscitation from Cardiac Arrest and Neurological Disability: A Prospective Multi-Center Protocol-Directed Cohort Study. Circulation. 2018 May 15;137(20):2114-2124.
Hunter, BR, O’Donnell, D, Allgood, K, Seupaul, RA. No benefit to prehospital initiation of therapeutic hypothermia in out of hospital cardiac arrest: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2014 21(4):355-65
Kilgannon JH, Hunter BR, Puskarich MA, Shea L, Fuller BM, Jones C, Donnino M, Kline JA, Jones AE, Shapiro NI, Abella BS, Trzeciak S, Roberts BW. Partial Pressure of Arterial Carbon Dioxide After Resuscitation from Cardiac Arrest and Neurological Outcome: A Prospective Multi-center Protocol-directed Cohort Study. Resuscitation. 2019;135:212-220.
Hunter BR, Martindale J, Abdel-Hafez O, Pang PS. Approach to Acute Heart Failure in the Emergency Department. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. 2017 60(2):178-186.
Propst SL, Kirschner JM, Strachan CC, Roumpf SK, Menard LM, Sarmiento EJ, Hunter BR. Ocular Point of Care Ultrasound to Diagnose Posterior Chamber Pathology: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA Network Open. 2020;3(2):e1921460.
Titles & Appointments
- Professor of Emergency Medicine