Drs. Mimi and Brian Benjamin join SEARHC’s Juneau staff

July 12 2010

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau is pleased to announce the addition to its medical staff of a husband-wife pair of family physicians, Dr. Mignon F. “Mimi” Benjamin, MD, and Dr. Brian J. Benjamin, MD. Dr. Mimi Benjamin started at the clinic in July, and Dr. Brian Benjamin joins the staff in September. “Dr. Mimi Benjamin brings a wealth of experience in the area of quality improvement,” said Dr. Janice Sheufelt, MD, SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center (ELMC) Clinic Administrator/Medical Director. “She also is experienced with electronic health record implementation and improvement. Dr. Brian Benjamin is a physician who is very experienced in caring for elders, and he is a member of the American Geriatrics Society. He also has over 16 years of medical leadership experience as well as a vast knowledge of electronic health records. I enthusiastically welcome both to ELMC.” Dr. Mimi Benjamin earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y., and she completed a residency in family medicine with the Duke University Medical Center Department of Community and Family Medicine in Durham, N.C. Dr. Benjamin also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) degree with a major in theater from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., and she earned a certificate premedical from Columbia University in New York City. She received the Duke University Medical William J. “Terry” Kane Award for Excellence in Clinical Family Medicine in 1995 and she served as chief resident in family medicine at Duke University in 1994-95. She is certified as family physician by the American Board of Family Medicine. She also holds a recognition in diabetes care (2009) from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA). Before moving to Juneau, Dr. Mimi Benjamin spent 20 years as a family physician in North Carolina with time spent as a clinical associate professor in family medicine with Duke University’s Durham Medical Center, and as a clinical assistant professor in family medicine and associate medical director for quality improvement for the University of North Carolina Health Care Community Based Practice Network. She also has been a consultant for the Carolina Center for Medical Excellence and medical director for the Carolina Center for Clinical Information. She is a Diplomat with the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a member of the American Medical Association, North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and the Durham-Orange County Medical Society. Dr. Mimi Benjamin’s special medical interests are women’s health and general family practice. She also enjoys tap dance (performing and teaching), water sports and theater. Before starting her medical career, Dr. Benjamin spent four years as a professional equity actress/singer in New York City with credits from the national tour of “Fiddler on the Roof” and the off-Broadway production of “Up in Central Park.” She also produced and starred in “Starting Here, Starting Now” for the 1984 Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. “After 20 years of practicing in North Carolina, I am very excited to care for patients in Alaska and to learn about life outside the Lower 48,” Dr. Mimi Benjamin said. Dr. Brian Benjamin also earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and he completed a residency in family medicine with the Duke University Medical Center Department of Community and Family Medicine. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major of zoology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is certified as family physician by the American Board of Family Medicine. He also holds NCQA recognitions in diabetes care (2007) and cardiovascular and stroke care (2008). Before taking the job with SEARHC, Dr. Brian Benjamin spent 16 years working as a family physician in clinics associated with Duke University and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, with many of those years spent as medical director or division chief. He also served as a clinical adjunct professor, clinical associate professor or consulting associate professor in family medicine for both schools. Before that, he spent three years as an urgent care and emergency physician with Coastal Emergency Services in Durham, N.C. In addition, Dr. Benjamin has been an executive with two medical information system companies in California. Dr. Brian Benjamin is a Diplomat with the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the North Carolina Academy of Physicians and the Formulary Committee for Senior PharmAssist. He received the Duke University Medical Center Family Medicine Award for Outstanding Residency Teaching in 1994-95. Dr. Brian Benjamin is interested in geriatrics, general primary care and medical informatics. He also enjoys fishing, boating, flying, riding his Harley and skiing. “I’m very excited and honored to be joining SEARHC and look forward to contributing to the excellent care provided to its patients,” Dr. Brian Benjamin said.