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Thirteenth Donald W. Benson Lectureship on Pain Medicine

Donald W. Benson, MD, PhD
Dr. Donald W. Benson

The Donald W. Benson, M.D. Lectureship was established in 1993 by family, friends and former colleagues to honor the contributions of Dr. Benson. 
In 2014, the name was changed to The Donald W. and Marjorie A.M. Benson Lectureship to honor Marjorie’s life-long relationship with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The Thirteenth Donald W. Benson Lectureship on Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine will be held Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. in Hurd Hall in the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Benson Lecturer will be Donna L. Hammond, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Anesthesia and Pharmacology at University of Iowa College of Medicine.  Dr. Hammond’s lecture is entitled “Mr. Green with the Rope in the Library:  Just Why Did Substance P Receptor Antagonists Fail as Analgesics?"

We take this opportunity each year to demonstrate the comprehensive contributions made by Dr. Benson at Hopkins. We thank the Benson family for their continuing contributions to pain management and are happy to report the addition of the pain simulation ensemble that the Benson family helped us purchase is such a success. Dr. Benson's legacy continues to live today.

Previous Lecturers

2002        Daniel B. Carr, M.D.
2003        David Joranson, M.S.S.W.
2005        Allan Basbaum, Ph.D.
2006        Ji-Sheng Han, M.D.
2007        Solomon Snyder, M.D., D.Sc., D.Phil. (Hon. Causa)
2008        Gavril W. Pasternak, M.D., Ph.D.
2009        Irene Tracey, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
2010        Lonnie K. Zeltzer, M.D.
2011        Frank Porreca, Ph.D.
2012        Troels Staehelin Jensen, M.D., D.M.Sc.
2013        James N. Campbell, M.D.
2014        Karen D. Davis, Ph.D.

We gratefully acknowledge the following donors

Simeon B. Alvaran, M.D.*
Charles & Kate Beaudette, M.D.
Brian W. Benson, Ph.D.
Jane E. Benson, M.D.
Marjorie A.M. Benson*
R. Rhoe* & Elizabeth Benson
Beth Am Synagogue
Matthew & Elise Brennan
Agnes F. Brooker
Drs. Ashok & Cynthia Chatterjee
Connie & Joey Chiu
Jeanne & Robert Cordes, M.D.
Walter E. Dandy, Jr., M.D.*
Thomas P. Davis, M.D.
John E. Ellis, M.D.
Jose A. Escalante, M.D.
Rachel & Eric Fine, M.D., M.P.H.
Sheldon Foland*
Sonia & Pedro Garcia, M.D.
Lionel Glassman, M.D.*
Amy Helsel & Jeremy Swerling
Homer* & Barbara Hinchliff
Holcombe H. Hurt, Jr., M.D.

Shahnam & Mahmood Jaberi, M.D.
George & Susan Jakab
Peter K. Kang, M.D.
Sabine Kost-Byerly, M.D.
Kronos Cardia Medical Group
George Kushner, Jr., M.D.
Daniel C. Lee, M.D.
Mary Kathryn & Alfredo Legaspi, M.D.
Henry S. Lim, M.D.
Paul & Marian Maihan
John C. Paisley*
Lutgardo G. Panlilio, M.D.
Drs. Srinivasa & Geetha Raja
Karim F. Rashad, M.D.
Ali K. Razavi, M.D.
Toshio & Emma Sasamori
Judith & Mohammed Shakoor, M.D.
Thomas J. K. Toung, M.D.
John A. Ulatowski, M.D., Ph.D., MBA
Drs. Myron Yaster & Pamela Zeitlin


The Thirteenth Donald W. and Marjorie A.M. Benson
Lecture on Pain Medicine

Mr. Green with the Rope in the Library: 
Just Why Did Substance P Receptor Antagonists Fail as Analgesics?”

Donna L. Hammond, Ph.D.
Executive Associate Dean
Professor of Anesthesia and Pharmacology
College of Medicine
University of Iowa

 Thursday, June 11, 2015, 7:00 A.M.

 Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Hurd Hall Auditorium

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Donald W. Benson, MD, PhD, and Marjorie A.M. Benson

Donald W. Benson was born in Jamestown, New York in 1921, 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.

Marjorie A.M. Benson
Marjorie A.M. Benson

Marjorie Ann Maulsby Benson was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1923, but grew up on the family farm near South Haven, Michigan.  Her parents would work the farm during the summer months.  Her father would teach school and her mother would teach piano in town during the winter months.  Thus, Marjorie's training as a pianist began at an early age and continued when she attended North Park College and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois.  She won the Young Artists' Competition of the Society of American Musicians, making her formal concert debut at Chicago's Kimball Hall in November 1942.  It was while attending North Park that Marjorie met her future husband.  Donald and Marjorie where married in 1945.

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 Johns 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, he and a colleague had developed a unique positive-pressure ventilator.  At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Benson used these ventilators during extensive operations and in the immediate postoperative period.  Perhaps one of Dr. Benson's most important contributions to Johns Hopkins was his role in developing a surgical intensive care unit.  He began lobbying for an intensive care unit in the early 1960s and spent almost a decade making it a reality.  By the late 1960s, anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins matured into subspecialties including cardiac, obstetric, and ophthalmological anesthesiology thanks to Dr. Benson's leadership. 

After the move to Baltimore, Marjorie became active in the music community, giving frequent recitals and sometimes accompanying her husband who was an accomplished tenor.  She was the featured soloist on two occasions with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the early 1960s.  Marjorie also excelled as hostess for the yearly Anesthesiology parties, establishing enduring friendships with the faculty and staff.

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 age 63.  Marjorie continued giving recitals after the move back to Chicago.  She returned to the American Conservatory of Music and graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1987.  She was active as a community volunteer in Hyde Park, as well as with the Chicago Symphony and the Newberry Library, and directed the music program at her retirement community in Chicago until her death in August 2013 at age 90.



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