Dr. Benjamin was born in 1943 in the Brooklyn, New York. His father, a pediatrician, and his mother, a biochemist, instilled in their son not only a love of science and medicine but a strong sense of compassion and advocacy for patients. He earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and did his postgraduate training at Bellevue Medical Center. He was a fellow and senior clinical associate at Baltimore Cancer Research Center, at that time affiliated with the National Cancer Institute. He spent one year at the University of Southern California prior to joining M.D. Anderson.
Under Dr. Benjamin, the Sarcoma Center at M.D. Anderson has become one of the premier treatment and research centers in the nation dedicated solely to the management of soft-tissue and bone tumors. His team at the Sarcoma Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to the disease, providing the expertise of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists as well as pathologists and rehabilitation therapists for the benefit of each patient.