Dr. Benjamin Gilmer is a family physician and Associate Professor at the UNC School of Medicine/Mountain Area Health Education Center’s (MAHEC) Family Medicine Residency Program. He attended Davidson College and studied medicine at the Sorbonne and East Carolina University. As the Medical Director for MAHEC’s Rural Health Initiative and Rural Fellowship in Asheville, NC., he is passionate about advocating for global and rural health disparities.
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Dr. Gilmer has worked extensively in Central and South America and West Africa. Benjamin is committed to advancing medical education, interprofessional collaboration and inspiring students to pursue service in medicine. His advocacy work currently focuses on bringing media attention to the social injustice of treating mental illness in our prison system. His recently released memoire, “The Other Dr. Gilmer” (Ballantine/PRH) highlights this injustice. His work has been featured in the NYT Book Review, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, and People Magazine. His This American Life Podcast, “Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde,” has had more than 20 million listeners. A former neurobiologist turned rural family doctor, Dr. Gilmer has lectured across the country about medical ethics, rural health, bias in medicine, and the intersection of medicine and advocacy. He lives with his wife, Deirdre, and two children, Kai and Luya, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Dr. Gilmer’s Prescription for Success:
Number 1: The first step is curiosity.
Number 2: Develop a process for inquiry.
Number 3: Be open to transformation.
Number 4: Give yourself an opportunity to vision.
Number 5: Be an advocate.
Connect with Dr. Gilmer
I was confused on what my path should be.
If we commit ourselves to advocacy our voices can be heard by many more people than we could imagine.
You walk in there, and you can feel like there’s another life in that clinic.
The Judicial system doesn’t really think the way we do as physicians.
I was trying to be open to listening to their stories, and their stories were affecting me.
Discovering I was walking in the footsteps of a presumed cold-blooded murder made it tenuous.
The person I imagined was not the person we discovered.
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