Dr. Benjamin Ehst is a board-certified dermatologist with a doctorate in immunology and microbiology. In addition to seeing study patients at Oregon Medical Research Center part-time, he also practices clinical dermatology at Baker Allergy, Asthma and Dermatology (503-636-9011) providing the full range of skin care, including medical and surgical procedures.
Dr. Ehst earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his medical and doctoral degrees at the University of Minnesota in a combined Medical Scientist Training Program. Residency training in Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and a period of work at the Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health studying the immune response to malaria, solidified his career choice to pursue both medical practice and clinical research.
Dr. Ehst spent his early career at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) as an associate professor in the Department of Dermatology, working alongside his colleague Dr. Blauvelt. He honed his interest in psoriasis as a member of the Center of Excellence in Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, eventually taking over as co-director of this multidisciplinary center when Dr. Blauvelt left for Oregon Medical Research Center. Additionally, Dr. Ehst organized a specialty clinic caring for skin-related issues in HIV-infected individuals, and he maintains a special interest in psoriasis and infectious diseases to this day.
Alongside patient care and teaching of medical students and residents, Dr. Ehst began his work in clinical research while at OHSU, acting as lead investigator in many studies on treatments for skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, granuloma annulare, actinic keratosis and melanoma. In 2017, Dr. Ehst brought his knowledge and excitement for clinical research to Oregon Medical Research Center.