Richard Benson, MD, PhD


Dr. Richard Benson is currently Director of the “Office of Global Health and Health Disparities” at the NIH/NINDS. Prior to this, he was Associate Medical Director for Stroke at Medstar Washington Hospital Center and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Benson received a BS from Fisk University, MS from Columbia University, and an MD/PhD from Meharry Medical college. He completed a neurology residency at the Harvard-Longwood neurology residency and stroke fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Benson has worked in academia, the public, and the private sectors. His areas of interest and expertise include health disparities/inequities, minority, community and global health, and diversity training.