OHSU School of Medicine Dean Emeritus Awarded ACP-ASIM Laureate Award

11/25/02    Portland, Ore.

First time a physician from the Oregon Chapter has received this honor

John A. Benson Jr., M.D., M.A.C.P., dean and professor of medicine emeritus of the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, has received the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine Oregon Chapter Laureate Award.

The Laureate Award is given in recognition of senior physicians — fellows or masters of the college — who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research and community service. Benson was lauded for his unique capacity to motivate others to strive to meet their best potential, and for his longstanding distinguished service and loyal support of the college.

The ACP-ASIM honored Benson for his work in enhancing the concept of professionalism, doctor-patient communication and patient autonomy, work which has garnered him national attention during his 16-year tenure as president of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and later as chairman of the Foundation of Medical Excellence and assistant director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care.

"John Benson has served as a mentor and role model for several generations of Oregon internists. He continues to influence us, promoting professionalism through precept and example. We are fortunate to have him among us," said Stephen Jones, M.D., F.A.C.P., governor of the ACP-ASIM Oregon Chapter.

Benson has held several leadership positions for national professional organizations. He is past president of the American Gastroenterological Association and served as the first president of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Currently he is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

His many honors include the Association of Program Director's in Internal Medicine Founder's Award (first recipient); the ACP-ASIM John Phillips Memorial Award for outstanding work in clinical medicine; and the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon's Mentor Award for leadership and support in improving human health and well-being.

Benson received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and completed his residency and fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham and Massachusetts General Hospitals in Boston, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He joined OHSU in 1959.