Dr Donald Warren Benson

Dr Donald Warren Benson

Birth
Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Death 21 Jan 1985 (aged 63)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 155564747 · View Source
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Donald W. Benson, MD, PhD was born in Jamestown, New York and earned his bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Chicago in 1949. He attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and earned his medical degree in 1950. Following his internship in Buffalo, New York and his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Chicago Clinics, Dr. Benson remained at the University of Chicago as a faculty member in anesthesiology and, in 1957, received his doctoral degree in pharmacology. In 1956, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine recruited Dr. Benson as an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Anesthesiologist-In-Charge at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. At that time, anesthesiology at Hopkins was simply a support service. One of Dr. Benson’s major accomplishments was establishing a full-fledged residency program in anesthesiology and recruiting top-caliber applicants. Dr. Benson promoted the use of ventilators in surgery and clinical care. While in Chicago, Dr. Benson and a colleague developed a unique positive pressure ventilator. At Hopkins, he used these ventilators during extensive operations and in the immediate postoperative period. Perhaps one of Dr. Benson’s most important contribution to Hopkins was his
role in developing a surgical intensive care unit. He began his drive for an intensive care unit in the early 1960s and spent almost a decade making this a reality. By the late 1960s, anesthesiology at Hopkins, under Dr. Benson’s leadership, matured into subspecialties, including cardiac, obstetric, and ophthalmological anesthesiology. In 1974, Dr. Benson returned to the University of Chicago as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology. He remained at the University of Chicago until his death in 1985 at his Hyde Park home. The Donald W. Benson, M.D. Lectureship was established at Hopkins in 1993 by family, friends and former colleagues to honor the contributions of Dr. Benson.


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