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Benjamin Cherry, MD, FACP

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Director, Internal Medicine Subinternship

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Benjamin Cherry, MD, FACP

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Benjamin M. Cherry is an academic hospitalist at VA Connecticut and Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine in the Section of General Internal Medicine. He also serves as Director of the Internal Medicine Subinternship for the Department of Internal Medicine. His current teaching and research interests include curricular development for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and the intersection of clinical care, health systems, and health care policy. He is Co-Chair of VA Connecticut's Clinical Ethics Committee and Co-Team Leader of its Scarce Resource Allocation team. He established VA Connecticut's first COVID-19 video follow-up clinic to monitor recovery and symptom recurrence following hospitalization for COVID-19. He serves as Health and Public Policy Chair for the Connecticut chapter of the American College of Physicians, and as Emergency Medical Services commissioner for the town of Woodbridge.

Dr. Cherry completed his Internal Medicine residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was honored with the Ralph I. Horwitz Research in Residency award, the West Haven VA Clinic award, and the Yale-New Haven Hospital Medical Staff Patient Experience award. As faculty, he has been recognized with the Asghar Rastegar VA Teacher of the Year Award, given by the Yale Internal Medicine housestaff in recognition of his contributions to their residency education.

He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, where he graduated with Honors, Distinction in Research, and was recognized with the Noether Memorial Fund Award for excellence in the area of therapeutics. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he won a competitive research fellowship at National Cancer Institute where he studied progression risk models and precursor states to the plasma cell malignancy multiple myeloma in the lab of Ola Landgren, M.D., Ph.D. He co-authored the protocol and served as associate investigator for NCI trial #NCT01675141, which studied the effect of maintenance lenalidomide on the immune cells of patients with multiple myeloma. He met his wife, Rachel, at Northwestern University; they remain purple-blooded alumni.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Yale School of Medicine (2025)
  • Resident Physician
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2016)
  • Intern
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2014)
  • MD
    Case Western Reserve University (2013)
  • Fellow
    National Institutes of Health (2012)
  • BA
    Northwestern University, Political Science, Int'l Studies (2004)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2017)


  • Elephant in the Wound: Tackling the Enormous Problem of Wound-Associated Pain
    New Orleans, LA, United States 2024
    Advanced Wound Care Congress 2024
  • Elephant in the Wound: Tackling the Enormous Problem of Wound-Associated Pain
    New Orleans, LA, United States 2024
    Advanced Wound Care Congress 2024

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowAmerican College of Physicians2019
ICARE AwardVA Connecticut Healthcare2018
Asghar Rastegar Teacher of the YearYale Traditional Internal Medicine Residency2018
Kindness AwardVA Connecticut Healthcare2017, 2018
West Haven VA Clinic AwardVA Connecticut Healthcare2016
Ralph I. Horowitz Research in Residency AwardYale Traditional Internal Medicine Residency2016
Medical Staff Patient Experience AwardYale-New Haven Hospital2015
ACP Young AchieverAmerican College of Physicians2015
Honors with Distinction in ResearchCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine2013
Noether Memorial Fund AwardCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine2013
Youth Program Teaching AwardCentro Romero2006

Professional Service

Town of WoodbridgeCommissioner, Town Planning & Zoning2024 - Present
MD/MHS Fellowship, Thomas HuangThesis Committee Member2023 - 2024
Populations and Methods CoursePreceptor2021 - Present
Scarce Resource Allocation Team, VA Connecticut Healthcare SystemCo-Chair2020 - Present
American College of Physicians Services PACMember, Board of Directors2019 - 2022
American College of PhysiciansFellow2019 - Present
American College of Physicians, Connecticut ChapterChair, Committee for Health and Public Policy, Connecticut Chapter2018 - Present
Professional Ethics and Responsibility CoursePreceptor2018 - 2021
Clinical Ethics Committee, VA Connecticut Healthcare SystemCo-Chair2018 - Present
Society of Hospital MedicineMember2018 - Present
Connecticut State Medical SocietyMember2018 - Present
Journal of General Internal MedicineReviewer2018 - Present
Town of WoodbridgeCommissioner, Emergency Medical Services2017 - 2024
American College of Physicians, Connecticut ChapterChair, Social Media Committee2017 - 2018
Medical Clinical Experience CoursePreceptor2017 - Present
American College of Physicians, Connecticut ChapterMember, Governor’s Council2017 - Present
American College of PhysiciansMember2016 - 2019
Intern Selection Committee, Traditional Internal Medicine Residency ProgramInterviewer2016 - Present
Program Evaluation Committee, Traditional Internal Medicine Residency ProgramFaculty Member2016 - Present
American Medical AssociationMember2012 - Present
International Myeloma FoundationPresenter/Speaker2012 - Present

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