Dr. Benjamin D. Schanker is a Harvard, Yale, and UCSF-trained specialist in Occupational Medicine, certified through the American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Schanker graduated at the top of his class as valedictorian from Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, with dual degrees in Human Physiology and Biotechnology (BS/BA). He completed his medical doctorate (MD) at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he led
the Harvard Cushing Neurosurgical Society. He later trained in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Health/Bridgeport Hospital and completed Residency/Fellowship in Occupational Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
As a committed educator, Dr. Schanker previously served as Director of the Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology Laboratory at Boston University, where he taught doctoral and master’s degree students in physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, nutrition science, and athletic training. He also served for many years as a surgical prosector for musculoskeletal natomy; and taught neuroscience to undergraduates at Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After losing his mother to the complexities of the U.S. healthcare system, Dr. Schanker pursued training in Clinical Informatics and public health, completing a Master of Public Health (MPH) egree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at the University of Oxford in England—on scholarship as a Harvard Primary Care Innovation Scholar. Dr. Schanker has held numerous leadership roles, serving on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Association Foundation, on the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Medical Society (which publishes the New England Journal of Medicine), and as an Expert Consultant for government and public health agencies, including the World Health Organization. He currently serves as a Director for the American Board of Medical Quality, and is an avid
author/researcher, publishing widely on topics in neuroscience, stem cells, growth factors, genetics/epigenetics, neuroimaging, and health innovation.
In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar/live music, training his bulldogs to do tricks, playing sports, traveling, and being a humanitarian.