Benjamin Kaffenberger

Benjamin Kaffenberger, MD

  • Dermatology

Appointments: (614) 293-1707

About Me

As a dermatologist at Ohio State, I specialize in hospital dermatology and work with individuals who have complex medical diseases, drug and allergic reactions, and autoimmune skin diseases. I am interested in diseases like Stevens-Johnson syndrome, drug and allergy hypersensitivity syndromes, pyoderma gangrenosum and ulcerating skin conditions, vasculitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, graft-versus-host disease and skin conditions in cancer patients.

I take the time to talk with my patients about their conditions. I help them to understand all aspects of their diagnosis, answer any questions they may have and help them find the most cost-effective treatment option possible.

I like the collegial and world-class atmosphere that Ohio State offers. I also enjoy the challenge of treating rare and difficult diseases.

When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, especially in the outdoors.


  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Mikhail Novikov Faculty of the Year Award, Department of Family Medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 2015
  • Dermatology Foundation Career Development Award, 2018
  • My research interests include drug hypersensitivity syndromes, autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases, and conducting clinical trials to develop new therapeutics

Specialties and Conditions I Treat

  • Dermatology
  • Vasculitis
  • Skin Cancers
  • Graft vs Host Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Skin Diseases
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Cutaneous
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Skin Care
  • Dermatitis, Atopic
  • Dermatitis, Contact
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum
  • Drug Eruptions

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

Ohio State University College of Medicine


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
7/1/2011 - 6/30/2014

More About My Work

My Background

Board Certification

American Board of Dermatology

My Department

Internal Medicine

My Division



414 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.9
  • Listens Carefully 4.9
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.9
  • Knows My Medical History 4.7
  • Shows Respect 4.9
  • Time Spent Together 4.9

59 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 06, 2018

Dr. Kaffenberger is very thoughtful in his care and he seems genuinely concerned about my health and well-being. He listens very carefully and replies to my concerns with great knowledge of my condition and with great compassion for my pain/comfort. I have enormous respect for him and wish more doctors were like him.

Reviewed on Mar 05, 2018

Dr. K also responds to my MyChart questions right away.

Reviewed on Mar 01, 2018

All good.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2018

Dr. Kaffenberger is always concerned about my mental outlook regarding my pre-cancer which sows up occasionally.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2018

He is attentive and really seems to care about me.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2018

awesome provider, listens, helpful, takes his time, he goes above and beyond!!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2018

He was awesome. On time, helpful, a good listener and very welcoming.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2018

Special K. is a great dr. and also a great person. He tolerates whatever goofiness I am into that day and I always feel secure about my care he provides.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2018

Dr Kaffenberger is always trying to resolve the 90 million weird things going on with me. he does a good job.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2018

he is always punctual . easy to talk to and actually listens . addressing all concerns and questions.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2018

Dr; Kaffenberger showed concern about me and found a problem that is going to be addressed

Reviewed on Feb 09, 2018

I really have confidence in my OSU medical providers as they have the right combination of clinical and research expertise

Reviewed on Feb 07, 2018

He takes time to listen.

Reviewed on Feb 07, 2018

Dr Kaffenberger was interested in my care and then asked after a change in my work life as well. very thoughtful.

Reviewed on Feb 07, 2018

The doctor made me feel like he wanted to spend time with me to diagnose my issue, describe the illness and the proposed treatment.

Reviewed on Feb 06, 2018

Dr. Kaffenberger is an excellent physician. He is extremely friendly and easy-going, as well as knowledgeable and thorough in his treatment. He explains things clearly and compassionately and makes me feel comfortable the entire visit.

Reviewed on Feb 02, 2018

Good experience.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2018

Dr. Keffenberger is a great doctor! Thank you.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2018

My provider does a great job.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2018

Very pleased!!

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2018

He's always smiling, makes me feel comfortable. Always knows about what's going on with me. Very caring. Let's us (& husband) makes fun of his cowboy boots!

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2018


Reviewed on Jan 25, 2018

This is the first time a physician mentioned my past association with the University and thanked me for my prior service. A good policy would be recognition of prior employees of the University.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2018

I love Dr Kaffenberger....I have suffered from skin issues for over 20 years and 2 years ago he saw me the first time and diagnosed right away. While I still have the skin issues it is much more manageable.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2018

He forgot who I was which is kind of understandable because I am sure he has a huge patient load.

Reviewed on Jan 09, 2018

I have been seeing Dr. Kaffenberger since Dr. Bechtel left. I feel as comfortable with Dr. Kaffenberger and feel he is VERY knowledgeable. He is also friendly (WHICH I LIKE) and professional.

Reviewed on Jan 06, 2018

Very good.

Reviewed on Jan 04, 2018

Dr. Kaffenberger is wonderful - THE BEST - KIND. He has my health in his best interest.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2017

Very concerned and empathetic regarding the recent death of my spouse.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2017

see above, Dr. K has an excellent patient interaction. very comfortable manner, professional and empathetic.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2017

Good experience - explained everything, seemed to care, friendly.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2017

Was very helpful and explained everyting. Showed problems that I was unaware of. He checked the problems that I had for some time.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2017

Pleasant - I did not feel rushed at all -

Reviewed on Dec 05, 2017

Dr. Ben Kaffenberger is very friendly, easy to talk to, explains things very well, makes sure everything is understood, very professional.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2017

was probably the nicest doctor I've ever encountered

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2017

Very pleased.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2017

He knew what was wrong, when nobody else did.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2017

limp handshake....don't shake hands if you don't want to. Short explanations, hurry to leave

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2017

He is a very good dr. He always listens and does not mind if we ask him questions about skin.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2017

First time with this provider. Answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2017

The provider was great. He told us what he thought the problem was and assured us he would get to the bottom of the problem.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2017

Dr Kaffenberger is absolutely terrific!

Reviewed on Nov 08, 2017

Dr. Kaffenberger was very gracious. He listened to my concerns and made sure he addressed every one of them.

Reviewed on Nov 06, 2017

Dr. Kaffenberger is the best! He is by far the "greatest physician"! His compassion & professionalism are "stellar".

Reviewed on Nov 01, 2017

Dr BK is amazing! I will follow him anywhere he goes.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2017

I drive 60 miles to see Dr. Kaffenberger... Very personable and caring.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2017

Thoughtful, polite, observant.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2017

pain free procedure

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2017

All was good.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2017

He is helping me

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/26/2018, Dr. Kaffenberger has reported no relationships with companies or entities.