Dr. Ben Hunter joined Skyland Trail as Medical Director of Outpatient Services in 2016. In 2020, Dr. Hunter assumed the role of Medical Director of Professional Services. Dr. Hunter completed his medical training at Emory University followed by psychiatric residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as chief resident during his final year. Additionally, Dr. Hunter completed fellowships in psychoanalysis through the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and organizational psychiatry with the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. During his training, he received numerous distinctions including the University of Pennsylvania’s Laughlin Foundation Award for outstanding professional achievement as well as the Kenneth D. Cohen Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award.
Dr. Hunter’s career in healthcare has been informed by lifelong involvement in team sports. Following an All-American baseball career at Wake Forest University and selection in the Major League Baseball draft, he ultimately decided that medicine was his calling. Dr. Hunter continues to share his athletic passion by advocating for healthy lifestyle as a critical element of physical and emotional wellbeing.