Board-Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation by ABPMR and AOBPMR

Fellowship-Trained and Board-Certified in Pain and Musculoskeletal Medicine

Ben Rawson, DO is trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty training in Pain and Musculoskeletal Medicine. He served as a US Air Force Flight Surgeon at McGuire AFB, NJ where he also performed duties as a public health officer and biomedical engineer. During his deployments in the Middle East, ‘Doc Rawson’ flew over 40 combat missions and assisted in numerous in-flight emergencies and air evacuations. He was a Clinical Instructor and the Pain/Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics prior to joining CHARM.

Ben earned his Bachelor of Science with honors from Michigan State University in 2000. After this, he attended Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where he received his medical degree in 2004. He continued his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin where he was the Chief Resident. He also completed a Pain and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. Research at the University of Wisconsin included: “Assessment and characterization of peripheral TRPV1 and TRPM8 receptors in humans with quantitative sensory testing (QST) after application of capsaicin and Menthol” and “Exercise-induced hypoalgesia in healthy subjects using differing forms of anaerobic exercise”. Recent research at CHARM has included evaluation and comparison of platelet growth factor concentrations utilizing various in vitro alpha-granule induction techniques. Dr. Rawson has applied this research to the clinical setting and has become a pioneer in epidural application of growth factors for discogenic and neuropathic conditions of the spine. He is currently a member of numerous local, regional and national medical societies.

As an Osteopathic physician, Ben believes the body has an innate ability to heal itself. With this in mind, he strives to enhance the healing process through a holistic evaluation and a multidisciplinary treatment approach. He is passionate about helping patients achieve their functional goals by addressing the underlying structural and mechanical problems and employing regenerative techniques to foster healing in injured tissues.

Ben is a father of two wonderful children and husband to a local dermatologist, Lela Lankerani, D.O. He is an elite amateur triathlete and has competed in multiple triathlons from the sprint to Ironman distance including qualifying and competing in the Ironman World Championships in Kailua Kona, HI. Ben also enjoys golf, camping, mountain biking and cheering on his MSU Spartans!

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