Ben is the Program Director and Associate Dean at the Florida State University College of Medicine, School of PA Practice. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology from the University of Georgia and PA Studies from the Medical College of Georgia, respectively.  He received a Master of PA Studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and earned his Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg in 2019.   Ben was the first PA to serve as President of the Association of Rheumatology Professionals and served five years on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Rheumatology Board.  He currently serves as the Scientific Editor for the American College of Rheumatology’s Advanced Rheumatology Course and has published extensively on rheumatology and geriatrics.  He continues to practice one day per week at a rheumatology clinic in Thomasville, Georgia, where he has devoted his career.   Ben joined the NCCPA Board of Directors in 2020 as the AAPA nominee.  He was elected to serve concurrently on the nccPA Health Foundation Board in 2021 and reelected in 2024.