||Deborah L. Benzil, MD, FAANS, FACS
||Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195
||United States of America
Deborah L. Benzil, M.D. was raised in rural Maryland along with two sisters. She received her undergraduate degree (honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Brown University in 1981. Following this, she was awarded her medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1985. From 1985-87, Dr. Benzil completed a two year Fellowship in Surgical Neurology at the NIH doing molecular biology research on malignant brain tumors. She returned to Providence, to complete her Neurosurgical Residency through Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, 1988-1994. During her residency, she was granted the prestigious Anthony Greto Fellowship from the Association of Brain Tumor Research to continue her molecular biological research on brain tumors. In 1994, Dr. Benzil was hired as faculty at New York Medical College as assistant professor. She rose to the rank of Associate Professor and became Co-Director of the programs in Neuro-oncology, Peripheral Nerve, and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. In 2001, she led the team that introduced one of the first comprehensive Spine Stereotactic Radiosurgery Programs in the world. Since 2018, Dr. Benzil has served as Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery (Spine Institute) of the Cleveland Clinic where she provides comprehensive, state-of –the-art, patient centered care to patients with a wide-spectrum of neurosurgical diseases. In 2019, Dr. Benzil achieved the rank of full Professor of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Prior to this, she served as faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery, Columbia University Medical Center (2012-2018) where she developed and introduced the first comprehensive socioeconomic course for neurosurgical residents. Dr. Deborah L. Benzil, M.D. FACS, FAANS is known nationally for her work in spine stereotactic radiosurgery, innovation in resident education, and socioeconomic expertise. Her publications are focused on tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery, resident education, and socioeconomic issues. She is active in organized neurosurgery where she has served as a Director at Large on the Board and then Vice President of the AANS, Editor of AANS Neurosurgeon, past-Chair of the CSNS, and chair of the Communication and Public Relations Committee (CPR) of the Washington Committee. She was a founding member and the first president of WINS (Women in Neurosurgery) and remains as Emeritus on the WINS executive board. From 2018-2020 she served on the Scientific Planning Committee of the SNS and as Chair for the 2020 Annual meeting in Philadelphia. Within the SNS, she has also been active in the CORE Committee working closely with others to implement an innovative Senior Boot Camp Curriculum. Dr. Benzil and her husband, a molecular biologist, have a son and daughter and three grandchildren. Outside of neurosurgery, she loves travel, theater, literature, hiking, and wine.