Staff Spotlight – Ben Reinking, MD

Dr. Reinking is Clinical Professor in the Division of Cardiology.

I graduated from the University of Iowa College medicine in 2000. I completed pediatrics residency at the University of Arizona, and returned to the University of Iowa in 2003 for pediatric cardiology fellowship. I’ve been on faculty for 13 years.

My partner, Lynn, is a family practitioner in the Quad Cities. I’m thankful he doesn’t mind the commute, as we both love living in Iowa City. Lynn has two children, Jenna and Griffin, who are in medical school. We spend a lot of time spoiling our dogs, Stanzi, Moe, and Daisy. I enjoy seeing my parents, six siblings and 16 nieces and nephews regularly.

I enjoy spending time with family, exercise, grilling, traveling to the beach, hiking, walking the dogs, and watching the neighborhood wildlife. Gardening has become an unexpected passion. Iowa is the most plowed state in the country. Creating a pollinator and wildlife friendly backyard is an ongoing challenge!

Favorite meal? I have an unhealthy relationship with pizza.

Favorite sports teams? Go Hawks! College football season and March madness are two of the greatest times of the year.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a little book with a big message. Right now I am reading The Overstory: A Novel. I will be very happy when Patrick Rothfuss finishes the Kingkiller Chronicles soon. I like any movie that involves a superhero saving the universe.

My great grandfather graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1917; I am the 4th generation in my family to receive a degree from the University of Iowa.

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