Richard Benzinger, MD, PhD

George Richard Benzinger, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine. He grew up in Pittsburgh. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the California Institute of Technology in 1993. He completed the medical scientist training program at the University of Chicago, graduating with a doctorate in neuroscience in 1998 and a medical doctorate in 2000. After finishing a residency in anesthesiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, he completed a research fellowship and joined the department as a faculty member.

Benzinger’s clinical practice focuses on anesthesia for vascular and transplant surgery. He has a continuing interest in medical education and served as the program director of the anesthesiology residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University from 2011 to 2018. He is an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology. Outside the hospital, he enjoys cooking and working on his house.