Benjamin Parkhurst, MD

Benjamin Parkhurst, MD

Benjamin Parkhurst, MD

Hospitalist Central Vermont Medical Center

Phone

Fax

802-225-1745

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Locations

Central Vermont Medical Center Campus

Hospitalist Program

Central Vermont Medical Center
130 Fisher Road
Berlin, VT 05602

Phone

Fax

802-225-1745

Biographical Information

Arriving for UVM undergraduate studies from New York’s North Country, Parkhurst quickly found the Green Mountains a place he could put down roots, and he eagerly returned after medical school in Buffalo.

“I just fell in love with Vermont,” he said. “I’m an outdoorsy guy, so it was perfect for me.  I see Camel’s Hump and it feels like I’m back home.”

An earlier career as registered nurse spurred his deeper interest in medicine and yielded a dual perspective that benefits patients and colleagues alike.

“It was my first career out of high school. It gave me immediate exposure and hands-on experience,” but he yearned to keep learning.

“I had a hunger for knowledge,” Parkhurst said. “I wanted to understand why I was hanging this antibiotic instead of that one. (Nursing) gave me a bedside manner that’s very unique; it makes me a better doctor. I’ve been there and understand what nurses are experiencing. We can learn from each other.”

The rapport he found so crucial to patient-provider relationships then hasn’t changed, and Parkhurst continues placing high value on knowing patients and families well.

“The more you know about a patient, the better,” he observed. “You never know what you’ll learn just by talking to a patient. I believe medicine is best practiced when there is a personal, engaging approach to each patient. From the moment of admission, I want patients and their families to feel secure, informed and empowered in the medical decision making process.”

Specialties

Specialty
Hospital Medicine
Special Interests
palliative care, critical care medicine, preventative medicine
Procedures
central line placement, thoracentesis

Education

Medical School
Jacob’s School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences – MD
Residency
Fletcher Allen Health Care – Internal Medicine