Benjamin H. Roberts, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
My story begins in Concord, Mass., the earliest place I remember living and the spot where I would remain until my parents tearfully dropped me off at college in upstate New York. Concord was a fantastic place to grow up, though I soon realized after a ho-hum middle school experience that I marched to the beat of a slightly different drummer. Thankfully, I was accepted into a college-oriented biotechnology program at the local vocational/technical high school to continue my education. This I credit as the starting point to my biomedical education, though what inspired me to its pursuit lies within my younger brother. Five years his senior, I was just old enough that I can remember visits to the hospital following his birth. A congenital anomaly had left him with almost no function of his kidney. It is thanks to modern medicine that he can be with us today. It is also with him that my fascination for science and medicine began.
About my practice
I am currently involved in clinical work full time, and that works out just fine because it is what I like to do best! My satisfaction comes from helping the kids that I see and interacting with their parents (the real health care providers!). My goal at the end of the day is to be able to relax because I have just accomplished everything I could to get my job done right. If that means I get out of the clinic a little late because I have something to look up, a phone call to make or a lab result to check, then that is okay. I am happy to say that all of the Kaiser Permanente practitioners I have met thus far seem to feel the same way!
How I thrive
When it comes to how I thrive in life, there is my family, my job and then everything else. The hardest part is trying to fit them all in! It helps to combine where possible, and thankfully my family is great about sharing my hobbies, especially the kids. My daughter and niece have come to embrace my "inner nerd" with grace, whether it is enjoying a video game together, making digital art on the computer, playing a board game, reading comic books or going to a science fiction convention, they are always good sports. Luckily, my wife is there to make sure we get outside to hike, swim and run around, and that we all eat our fruits and vegetables with every meal (no exceptions)! Another one of my hobbies that serves a double purpose is woodworking. The solution to the woodworker who has run out of things to make for his home is to make for charity, and I try to do this when the opportunity presents itself. I constantly strive to find balance in my life and make the most of the time I have been given.