Dudley Woodrow Benson, MD,PhD

Professor, the Medical College of Wisconsin

Office locations

8915 W. Connell Ct.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(877) 607-5280



In his early career, Dr. Benson pursued interests in cardiac electrophysiology at Duke (1975-81) and thOP107_MAR_PracticeStatus_NotAccepting_r4e 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 - General, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics - General
Areas of interest
  • Cardiology
  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiovascular genetics
  • Electrophysiology

Education and awards

  • 1972, Duke University School of Medicine, MD
  • 1970, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD
  • 1973, Duke University Medical Center - Pediatrics
  • 1975, Duke University Medical Center - Ped Cardiology
  • 1993-1998 Subboard Pediatric Cardiology, Chairman (1996-98)
  • 1994-2012 The Best Doctors in America
  • 1996 The Country's Best Heart Doctors (Good Housekeeping)
  • 1995-1997 NIH Senior Fellow
  • 2000 Founder, Society of Pediatric Cardiology Training Program Directors
  • 2003 Helen B. Taussig Memorial Lecture, American Heart Association
  • 2006 Keynote Speaker Weinstein Cardiovascular Development Conference
  • 2012-2013 Elite Reviewer, Journal American College of Cardiology

Research and publications

  • Genetic origins of pediatric heart disease. The goal is to identify genes and their mutations that cause cardiovascular disease in the young, which includes congenital heart defects, cardiomyopathy and disorders of heart rhythm (arrhythmias).
  • Marfan Trial. A clinical trial to compare the effects of the drugs atenolol and losartan on people with Marfan syndrome began in 2007. The trial is funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and conducted by the Pediatric Heart Network (PHN).
  • Perioperative hemostasis in infants undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass. The goal of this investigation is to support a multidisciplinary research effort that will provide a comprehensive understanding of mechanisms that control hemostasis in the neonatal population and that contribute to bleeding and thrombotic complications in infants before, during and after cardiopulmonary bypass.