Benjamin Skinker, MD

  • Medical Director, UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center
  • Director, Underserved Track

Originally from Virginia, Dr. Skinker completed his undergraduate education at James Madison University and was a mental health caseworker for eight years. He completed his medical training at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.. As a medical student, he devoted time to volunteering with HIV/STI clinics, as well as some international medicine in northern India. Residency training took place here at UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program. In 2013, he completed the Faculty Development fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Following residency, he and two other graduates established a private practice in a medically-underserved region of Pittsburgh, providing comprehensive care to several neighborhoods which had no pediatrics or obstetrical services, as well as a paucity of primary care. After eight years of practice there, he relocated his busy office practice within the Health Center and is now full time faculty.   He became the Medical Director of the Family Health Center in 2017.

His special interests include immunizations and infectious diseases including HIV, sexuality and sexual minority care, the medically underserved, and men's health issues. He is the coordinator for the residency’s Underserved Track which provides training with a special emphasis on enhanced services for the medically underserved. He has presented widely on topics ranging from depression/anxiety, grief, Tourette’s, sexual development and sexuality.

Dr. Skinker lives in Squirrel Hill with involvement in his religious community, running group, and political organizations. He is the single father of two adult daughters.


2016 - 2017

  • Genetics: Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation. UPSOM Department of Genetics. October 25, 2016. (Lecture/facilitator)
  • Implementation of ACEs Screening and Support for Pregnant Patients in a Primary Care Setting. Co-presenter with Rebecca Frye DO, Margaret Judge RN.  FMEC 2016.  Pittsburgh, PA.  October 29, 2016. (Lecture/Discussion)
  • Depression Education in Primary Care: Is There An App for That? Katherine Tadolini MD, Phillip Phelps LCSW, Katie Hindes MPH, Benjamin Skinker MD, Stephanie Richards MD. FMEC 2016.  Pittsburgh, PA.  October 29, 2016 (Paper Session)

2015 - 2016

  • Behavioral Health Needs in the LGBTQ Population; Univ. of Pittsburgh SOM 1st year Medical Students; May 4, 2016


2015 - 2016

  • Coordination grant to develop a screening protocol for primary care obstetrical patients to be screened for ACES and implement a referral process. 


2016 - 2017

  • Hepatitis C in Family Medicine Program. Co-presenter with Benjamin Skinker MD, Stephanie Ballard PharmD, N Randall Kolb MD, Rowena Pingul-Ravano MD, FAAFP, Nicole D’Antonio PharmD, Marianne Koenig PharmD.  FMEC 2016. Pittsburgh, PA. October 30, 2016.