Dr. Benjamin Buetner joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine in July, 2019.
Dr. Buettner was born and raised in Lima, Ohio where he graduated from Shawnee High School in 2008. He then went on to pursue his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Zoology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, being elected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduating magna cum laude and with University Honors in 2012. He subsequently entered medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2016. During his time in medical school, he served on the Admission Committee, was inducted as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and was recognized for his performance in several clerkships throughout medical school, including the Department of Internal Medicine Outstanding Senior Student Award. Dr. Buettner helped to cofound a student led service organization that paired first- and second-year medical students with members of the community diagnosed with dementia. He was also a part of his medical school’s Global Health Initiative, and traveled to the Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh, India and to Swaziland as part of his global health trips during medical school.
Dr. Buettner then moved to St. Louis for his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine – Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which he recently completed in 2019. During his time in residency, he was selected as Intern of the Year. He served on the Housestaff Liaison Committee and was involved in multiple ways with program improvement. He was also a part of the Washington University Teaching Physicians Pathway and served in a variety of teaching roles with all years of medical students. Dr. Buettner was a part of a research project looking at outcomes associated with early multidisciplinary palliative care consultation in certain critically ill patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. During his fourth year, Dr. Buettner was recognized by the Division of Medical Education for dedication to medical student teaching. He was also selected to serve as a discussant for the senior Clinicopathologic Conference.
When Dr. Buettner is not working, he enjoys traveling, which is one of his greatest passions, and is looking forward to more opportunities to travel. He also goes to hot yoga nearly every day, which helps him to balance both his type A personality and the fact that he is a bit of a foodie. Despite being active, he also enjoys a lazy day on the couch watching Netflix.