Associate Chief (Clinical), Division of Cardiovascular Medicine; Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program
Education and Training
BA, Biology, Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, McDaniel College (Formerly Western Maryland College), Westminster, Maryland 1982
MD, Cum Laude, Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1986
Internship & Residency, Categorical Internal Medicine, University of Virginia Health Science Center, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1986 - 1989
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore Maryland
Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland 1989-1992
Dr. Benitez specializes in general cardiovascular medicine with a particular interest in valvular heart disease and echocardiography. His major academic focus is educating trainees in cardiovascular disease as the program director for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, the largest fellowship program within the Department of Medicine. His responsibilities include the oversight of both administration and education, along with selection of fellow candidates and mentorship of the fellows during their education and training. Dr. Benitez helped to draft and approve the Milestones for Cardiovascular Medicine for the ABIM/ACGME "Next Accreditation System", has acted on the American College of Cardiology's "Lifelong Learning" committee, and has authored chapters in three editions of the American College of Physican's "Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program".
Dr. Benitez has particular interest in trans-esophageal echocardiography and provides echocardiographic services for the percutaneous mitral structural intervention team.
Dr. Benitez has also participated in the development of the 'Historical CPC' program at the University of Maryland and has been involved in investigating the deaths of Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander the Great and other notable figures.
Valvular Heart Disease Mitral Valve Echocardiography
Mehra MR, Reyes P, Benitez RM, Zimrin D, Gammie JS. Surgery for severe mitral regurgitation and left ventricular failure: what do we really know? J Card Fail.2008 Mar;14(2):145-50.
Mehra MR, Uber PA, Benitez RM. Cardiomyopathy and the dilemma of geometric mitral regurgitation. Current Opinion in Cardiology. 2009;24:179-183.
Vesely MR, Benitez RM, Robinson SW, Collins JA, Dawood MY, Gammie JS. Surgical and Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair for Severe Chronic Mitral Regurgitation: A Review of Clinical Indications and Patient Assessment. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Dec 11;4(12). pii: e002424.
Wang A, Grayburn P, Foster J, McCulloch M, Badhwar V, Gammie J, Costa S, Benitez RM, Rinaldi M, Thourani V, Martin R. Practice gaps in the care of mitral valve regurgitation: Insights from the American College of Cardiology mitral regurgitation analysis and advisory panel. Am Heart J. 2016 Feb;172:70-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2015.11.003. Epub 2015 Nov 12.
- Phi Beta Kappa, McDaniel College 1982
- Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1985
- Department of Medicine Resident's Teaching Award, 1996, 2001, 2014
- W. Proctor Harvey, MD Young Teacher Award (National Teaching Award of the American College of Cardiology), 2007
- Gold Humanism Honor Society, First Faculty Inductee, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2004
- "Top Docs", Baltimore Magazine, 2007, 2008,2009,2012,2013
- "Best Doctors in America" 2011, 2012, 2013
- "Super Doctors" for Baltimore, Northern Virginia and DC, Washington Post, 2011
- Dr. Benitez holds board certification in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease through the American Board of Internal Medicine.
- He holds board certification for special competency in Echocardiography through the National Board of Echocardiography.