Dr. Benjamin Young brings to ViiV Healthcare a rich blend of HIV clinical practice and research expertise coupled with an expansive international career that has advanced HIV care and education worldwide. His more than twenty years in the field of HIV medicine and his international focus add incomparable perspective to ViiV Healthcare’s vision of enhancing healthcare for all people living with HIV.
Ben joined ViiV Healthcare in June, 2018 as Senior Global Medical Director, where his responsibilities include providing worldwide scientific and medical expertise for ViiV initiatives, including ViiV-sponsored clinical trials and ViiV patient access and HIV care continuum programs.
Prior to his current role at ViiV, Ben served since 2012 as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), one of the world’s largest organizations of HIV healthcare providers. Among his multiple responsibilities, he coordinated evidence-based medical and human rights policies with the United Nations and the World Health Organization. During that time, he also held an appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and in addition, provided care for people living with HIV while at APEX Family Medicine in Denver. Ben also co-founded and was Medical Director of Rocky Mountain CARES, an organization that provides a variety of care, research, education, and support services for people living with or affected by HIV.
Earlier in his career, Ben contributed his expertise as Partner for over 15 years at Denver Infectious Disease Consultants and developed international experience while working in Central Asia for two years as Head of Medical Affairs for Health Connections International, an Amsterdam-based non-governmental organization. His academic and research credentials include involvement as Principal Investigator in the CDC HIV Outpatient Study (HOPS) from 1998 to 2018 and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver. Having authored more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters relating to HIV and its treatment, Ben has shared his HIV expertise through worldwide education programs where he has trained healthcare professionals and community groups in over 50 countries. This included time devoted to training physicians in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Latin America, where his exposure to a polio epidemic and coup d’état influenced his professional perspective and worldview. Ben also has provided medical consulting and editing in a variety of roles, including as a member of the World Health Organization HIV Clinical Guidelines Development Group from 2015 to 2018.
Ben received his MD in 1992 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1990, working in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Thomas Cech at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Following his medical training, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Ben’s undergraduate work was at the University of California at San Diego, where he received a BA in 1983.
Ben lives with his wife and five dogs in the mountains of western Colorado and enjoys skiing, cycling, and hunting for unusual street food.