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Benjamin Aiken

Avenu Health

Benjamin Aiken

Benjamin Aiken, M.D., MSPH, is Medical Director of Avenu Health, a new direct primary care practice within Mission Health in Asheville, NC.


Ben is a family physician interested in the re-emergence of primary care and societal wellness through clinic and system-level innovation and design. With a background in international studies and public health, he completed his schooling at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill before pursuing full-spectrum family medicine training at MAHEC in Asheville, NC, where he served as chief resident. He then joined the faculty to lead the development of a new clinic using a low-overhead, high-technology approach. He since was brought on to lead the design and development of direct primary care practice, Avenu Health, within Mission Health, a fully integrated health system in Western North Carolina. He currently is the sole provider and medical director at Avenu Health and continues to seek opportunities to transform healthcare to work better for everyone.