David Benjamins, M.D.
David Benjamins, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics and Neurology for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been named a 2008 Health Care Hero by Crain’s Detroit Business for his work in assisting developmentally disabled children and their families.
The business publication awarded Dr. Benjamins honorable mention in the Physical Achievement category.
His specialty is pediatric neurology, and he cares for children at the Detroit Institute for Children.
“Dr. Benjamins has been an outstanding neurologist serving the Detroit community for decades,” said Bonita Stanton, M.D., professor and Schotanus Family Endowed Chair of Pediatrics, pediatrician-in-chief of the Carman and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Michigan and the Wayne State University School of Medicine. “He has focused his career on providing top quality, accessible care for all children in need of neurologic services. With his quiet and warm demeanor, he has served the community selflessly, and has been an extraordinary role model and mentor for the many medical students, residents and fellows who have trained with him.”
He served as the medical director of the Detroit Institute for Children from 1985 to 1990, and remains on the staff there. The mission of the institute, which was founded in 1904, is to care for children with physical or developmental disabilities and neurological or behavioral special needs “so that the children can maximize their potential within their families and the community.” The institute offers a variety of services and programs.
Dr. Benjamins, who completed his undergraduate studies at Albion College and received his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1965, is now laying the groundwork for the establishment of a new developmental clinic for children with neurological impairments. He and the institute are developing funding for the clinic, which would be the only one of its kind in Detroit.
Once the new clinic is established, Dr. Benjamins, whose subspecialty interests include learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, hyperactive disorder and cerebral palsy, would direct the facility.Dr. Benjamins also was named a “Top Doc” by Hour Magazine in 2000.