Benjamin Best, MD

Neurosurgery Resident, Class of 2024

Benjamin Best, MD

Benjamin was born in St. Paul, MN, and raised in Altoona, WI. He moved back to Minnesota to obtain his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He then continued on to obtain his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. During his time there, he spent a year studying pediatric brain tumor genetics at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. He graduated as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Benjamin has particular interests in functional neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, and pediatric neurosurgery.

In his free time, Benjamin enjoys running, trying new restaurants, and spending time with his wife and family.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN (2008-2012)
  • Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (2012-2017)

Honors & Awards

  • Summer Research Training Grant – Stanley Manne Research Institute/Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA) – 12-Week Training Grant

BMP4 Increases Pediatric Glioblastoma Cell Chemosensitivity Via the MDR1 Promoter
Presented: 12th Annual Department of Pediatrics Research Scholars Day, Chicago, IL; and Northwestern University Research Day 2016; Chicago, IL

Vocal Effects of Perineuronal Net Destruction in the Adult Zebra Finch
Presented: Neuroscience, Washington, DC; and University Symposium, Minneapolis, MN

The Impact of Resident Participation in Elective Spine Surgery on Operative Time and Complications
Presented: Student Research Day Poster Session; Milwaukee, WI