About Me

As a dermatologist at The Ohio State University, 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 and hidradenitis suppurativa.

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.

In addition to my clinical work, I am a member of the Translational Therapeutics Program at the OSUCCC – James, where my research focuses on the early identification, description and treatment of novel cutaneous toxicities from targeted anticancer therapies. I am also interested in studying cutaneous graft-versus-host disease, teledermatology and automated assessments, and biobanking cancer and non-cancer skin tissue.

My work has been published in top dermatology, peer-reviewed journals, and I am the dermatology representative to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for immune-related adverse events.

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.
Highlights
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • 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

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
MD
8/9/2006 - 6/13/2010

Internship

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

6/17/2010 - 6/30/2011

Residency

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

7/1/2011 - 6/30/2014

Board Certification

American Board of Dermatology
7/24/2014

Academic Information

My Department

Internal Medicine

My Division

Dermatology

More About My Work

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.

366 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.9 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.7 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on May 13, 2021

    Dr. Ben is the greatest saved my life in 2019.

  • Reviewed on May 04, 2021

    Caring, knowledgeable, pleasant.

  • Reviewed on May 01, 2021

    all good

  • Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

    Dr. Kaffenberger is the most considerate & he offers options. Truly a very kind, humble, skilled doctor!

  • Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

    Kind, helpful, thorough.

  • Reviewed on Apr 25, 2021

    nothing but good overall

  • Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

    Very good - very pleased for my first visit.

  • Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

    Dr. Kaffenberger is amazing. He listens well and gives you all the time you need.

  • Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

    Excellent - Dr. Kaffenberger is a kind and well-informed doctor. I have recommended him to many friends. He is thorough, kind, understanding. In my opinion - he is the BEST! When I received a letter about honoring a doctor I recommended Dr. Kaffenberger with a sizable donation. I found out he never was informed of my honor for him. I was VERY disappointed & that he never knew that I honored him.

  • Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

    Dr. Ben Kaffenberger is among the finest physicians I will ever met. He is attentive, caring, intelligent & engaged. He is a credit to the field of medicine.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Kaffenberger has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Amgen, Inc.
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network