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2021 Top 40 Under 40: Benjamin Barlow, American Family Care

What was the most pivotal moment in your life? What happened and what direction did you take? Being selected as a physician for the White House changed my direction as a physician and leader. I became part of a small group to have ever worked in that capacity.

What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career? Graduated from emergency medicine residency. The amount of hours and dedication residency takes is a huge accomplishment for every physician.

Have you had a strong mentor in your life? What did you learn from him/her? My father has been my most influential mentor. He paved the way for me to build upon his legacy.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Never shut a door in life. You never know what past relationship will be needed in the future.

What’s a lesson you learned from a mistake? Even at 2 a.m., patients need your best. Medicine always demands attention to details.

What’s your ultimate career goal? To make medical providers’ lives better through transparency and operational excellence.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Traveling, speaking and consulting.

Why did you choose to live in Birmingham and what keeps you here? My family and friends thought I was crazy when I moved to Birmingham from Washington, D.C. But now I will never leave. A low cost of living and friendly people make this a hidden gem.

What’s one change you would make to improve Birmingham? An additional outdoor area like a river walk would add to the entertainment of Birmingham.

What is your favorite thing to do in Birmingham? Hiking and mountain biking in Oak Mountain.

What would you like to see Birmingham accomplish by 2031? Improve the overall public educational system.

What are steps young adults can take to be successful? Never sacrifice your integrity and always go the extra mile to serve others.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you pick and why? Something outdoors.

FUN FACT: I have cared for the last four presidents of the United States at one point.

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