Ben Pederson is a faculty physician with the Oregon Providence Family Medicine Residency Program in Portland, Oregon. He has been a part of the OHR team since 2012. Dr. Pederson has formal clinical research training in rural Kenya as a National Institutes of Health Fogarty Clinical Research Scholar (2011-2012) during which time he worked with USAID-AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya developing and implementing novel tuberculosis diagnostic technology in western Kenya. He has served an integral leadership role with OHR and has spent substantial time living on Mfangano developing our research capacity and managing community health programs. For this development work, Dr. Pederson has received prestigious awards including the American Board of Family Medicine Pisacano Leadership Fellowship and Macalester College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017 for his leadership and service within global health. Since 2015, Dr. Pederson has been a co-investigator on the Kanyakla Study, a randomized controlled trial assessing the impact of social networks on HIV care retention among HIV-infected adults who disengage in care. His research interests focus on the intersection between social capital and connectedness, stigma and health behavior, and community health resilience. Dr. Pederson is passionate about community health and primary care. He shares OHR’s vision of working in partnership with the Mfangano community to build strong and sustainable health ecosystem on the island and surrounding communities.
Dr. Pederson is a graduate of University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in 2017. He can be reached at: ben [dot] pederson [at] organichealthresponse [dot] org.