Ben Chapin, M.D., a cognitive-behavioral neurologist who previously was a research fellow with the UF Health Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN), has joined the department as an assistant professor. Prior to stepping into his new role, he took part in the Integrative and Multidisciplinary Pain and Aging Research Training T32 as part of his fellowship. He was awarded an Alzheimer’s Association Clinician Scientist Fellowship Award to support his current research evaluating the predictive value of visual attention measures on postoperative delirium occurrence and severity in older adults undergoing elective orthopedic surgery with anesthesia. As part of the department’s commitment to researching perioperative brain wellness and anesthesia interactions, he will have a clinic seeing patients who have experienced postoperative delirium, extending upon the PeCAN care model and conducting post delirium interventions.
Dr. Chapin earned his M.D. from theUniversity of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He then completed a residency in neurology at the University of Kansas and a fellowship in cognitive and behavioral neurology at the University of Florida prior to his research fellowship here. Dr. Chapin’s research interests include postoperative delirium and how delirium accelerates dementia, and his experience includes examining cerebral networks of locomotor learning and retention in older adults. He is currently a co-principal investigator for a team-science investigation addressing preoperative visual attention and intraoperative anesthesia response. Combining neuroscience, geriatric medicine, anesthesiology, and neuropsychology, Dr. Chapin’s specialization in perioperative cognitive disorders and medicine for older adults with neurodegenerative disorders electing surgery with anesthesia represents a trendsetting contribution to UF Health.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his 1-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. He also plays ultimate frisbee and likes to hike, bike and read (primarily science fiction).
Welcome, Dr. Chapin!