Dr. Benz was inspired to pursue a career in medicine when he lived with an esteemed pediatrician in Guadalajara, Mexico, as a high school student. In medical school, everything fascinated him, and it wasn't until he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) his senior year that his future in orthopedic surgery came into focus. "I have an aptitude for athletics and tasks involving hand-eye coordination. When I tore my ACL in 1979, arthroscopic surgery was in its infancy," he says. "But it was clear to me that orthopedics combined the mental and physical skills I am best suited for."
Dr. Benz has done thousands of knee, hip and shoulder replacements over the last three decades at four institutions, including Providence Seaside Hospital. He was the Jesuit High School football team sideline physician for 25 years.
His emphasis is on patient involvement and education. "I have a lot of confidence in my ability to make the appropriate diagnosis and deliver the right treatment," he says. "But equally important is putting the patient at ease and explaining in everyday terms what it all means. I spend time with every patient to make sure they have an appreciation for what the outcome will be when all is said and done. I make sure they know exactly what to expect."
Dr. Benz earned his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and completed his internship and residency at Maricopa County Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship at OHSU in which he was an instructor specializing in trauma and joint replacements. He has special training in bone and joint problems and sports injuries.
He has been an Oregonian since 2 weeks of age. He and his wife have been visiting the North Oregon Coast for 50-plus years. They have enjoyed a residence in Seaside for the last decade. They both love to golf. Their four children and six grandchildren cherish the coast. Dr. Benz enjoys languages and is fluent in Spanish. He studies German, Italian and French. He enjoys regular travel to Mexico.
Oregon Health & Science University 1980
Oregon Health & Science University Trauma And Joint Replacements
Maricopa County Medical Center 1985
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Providence Seaside Hospital
Staff, and Dr. Benz are always kind and very helpful.Providence Patient
Good experienceProvidence Patient
Dr. Benz is very professional, thorough, and caring; and his approach to my impending surgical date. I am very comfortable having him operate on me, as well as comfortable With his staff. He answered all questions completely, as well as explaining away any fears I might have.Providence Patient
Dr. Benz and his staff are great.Providence Patient
Dr Benz was excellent, myself & my attorney asked him to be an independent IME in my W/C situation. He provided a fresh medical opinion that was very appreciated.Providence Patient
Knowledgeable, kind, caring but he does talk fastProvidence Patient
Excellent doctor!Providence Patient
Dr. Benz is one of the best doctors I have had.Providence Patient
I had a lot of attention & I loved it. Everything was great. It is hard to write since I had my right shoulder & hand operated on.Providence Patient
Great doctor and great team.Providence Patient
Excellent care from all staff, dr. and team. Great care! Am extremely satisfied.Providence Patient
I am always taken care of when I go to see Dr. BenzeProvidence Patient
on this visit the doctor recommended a shot instead of surgery at this time.Providence Patient
I think that all people working at Seaside are great!Providence Patient
great care, easy accessProvidence Patient
Dr. Benz is always informative, a good listener and I feel confident in his care.Providence Patient
Dr. Benz has always been nice and helpful tome. thanksProvidence Patient