In his early career, Dr. Benson pursued interests in cardiac electrophysiology at Duke (1975-81) and the University of Minnesota (1981-86) and introduced this discipline to pediatric cardiology. In, 1986, he became Director of Cardiology at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University where he remained for nearly 10 years. In 1995 he took a leave of absence from Northwestern University, and under the auspices of a NIH Senior Fellowship trained to become an investigator in the molecular genetics of pediatric heart disease. Dr. Benson has an independent research laboratory. He has been PI of a SCCOR in Pediatric Heart Disease and Development (2004-09), and PI for the Pediatric Heart Network (PHN, Prairieland Consortium Core Site, 2006-16). Dr. Benson has extensive formal experience in mentoring fellows and junior faculty gained during his experience as Director of Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University and as PI of a pediatric cardiology T32 research training grant at Medical University of South Carolina. His expertise in fellowship training issues is nationally recognized, as reflected in his term on the Sub-board of Cardiology, American Board of Pediatrics (1993-99) and Chairman (1997-99). He founded the Pediatric Cardiology Training Program Directors Society (2000). He is a regular member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Special Emphasis Panel that reviews Clinical Investigator and Research Scientist Career Development Awards (K23, K24 and K25). He is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Director Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Research in the Herma Heart Center.
Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics