Ben Kruskal is a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist. He is Chief of Infectious Diseases at Atrius Health, a large multi-site, multi-specialty group practice in the greater Boston area, which includes Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. His duties include supervising the infectious disease group, the travel medicine practice, and infection control. He sees pediatric infectious disease patients and practices pediatric primary care part-time.
Dr Kruskal is passionately interested in improving how health care is delivered, to make it safer, more effective, more comfortable and comforting for patients, and less expensive for all parties. He has served in formal and informal quality improvement roles at Harvard Vanguard since 1998.
Kruskal went to college at the University of Pennsylvania. He attended medical school at New York University, graduating with both an MD and a PhD in cell biology. He did his pediatric residency and pediatric infectious disease fellowship at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center).
Dr. Kruskal was on the faculty at Children's Hospital where he was a Charles Janeway Scholar in Child Health Research, and then Massachusetts General Hospital, doing laboratory research as well as attending in pediatric infectious diseases. His research was supported by the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He joined Harvard Vanguard in 1997. He continues to collaborate with researchers at Harvard Medical School's Department of Population Medicine and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, focused on the use of electronic systems for surveillance and quality improvement.
Dr. Kruskal has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter. He is very interested in the involvement of primary care in pandemic and disaster planning, and has served on several Massachusetts Department of Public Health committees working on different aspects of disaster and pandemic plans.
Dr. Kruskal has particular interests in vaccines, infection control in the outpatient setting, and travel medicine.