Ben received his training in general surgery at the University of Washington. He then completed a three year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the same institution. His training then took him to Los Angeles, where he spent one year at UCLA as a clinical instructor and fellow in plastic surgery. His surgical interests include plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and general reconstructive surgery of the face and breast.
Ben has been very active with the American Cancer Society, chairing its annual golf tournament in Silicon Valley. He and his wife, Carrie, are also supporters of UC Berkeley focusing their volunteer time and donations to Aquatic Athletics and the Rausser College of Natural Resources where they have a graduate fellowship that supports students pursuing a Master's degree in environmental policy and research.
Ben is a bit old fashioned in the world of medicine as he believes that the doctor/patient relationship should be a primary focus in providing care. He became a surgeon to work directly with his patients throughout their journey. He feels that such relationships are central to his patients being happy with both the process and their outcomes. The main reason he left Big Healthcare to go to into private practice was to give him the freedom to work more directly with his patients.