Benjamin R. Reynolds
Ben Reynolds is a certified physician assistant and the director of UPMC’s Office of Advanced Practice Providers, which oversees the operational readiness and practice advancement of nearly 2,000 physician assistants, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners throughout the UPMC’s nearly 500 practices and 22 hospitals. Ben is also heavily involved in the development of new models of care, expanding opportunities with UPMC to use the maximum skill sets of physician assistants and other health care professionals to increase access, improve outcome and decrease costs.
An advocate for interprofessional integration, Ben has championed and led a number of projects in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh which put these new models of care into clinical practice. Ben is a recognized national leader of advanced practice providers, advocating on their behalf to professional organizations, state and federal leaders to expand scope of practice and remove unnecessary barriers to safe and effective care. As a faculty member with the University of Pittsburgh, he teaches Fundamentals of Surgery for the physician assistant program and clinically precepts students in the management of trauma, critical care and general surgery as a practicing physician assistant at UPMC Presbyterian. Ben’s office oversees the placement of nearly 600 advanced practice provider students in nearly 2,000 clinical rotations throughout UPMC from 38 different academic programs. Additionally, Ben serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery for the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and holds academic appointments with the Pitt School of Nursing as well as Chatham University.
Ben served in the United States Navy prior to pursuing a career in the physician assistant field and is a member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants.