Dr. Leonard Adenuga Benedict
Leonard Adenuga Benedict was born in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1966, he was admitted to a six-year medical program at the prestigious, now 553-years-old University of Glasgow Medical School, one of the oldest medical schools in Europe. While a medical student, he came to the US in 1970 as an extern at Kansas City Hospital and Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, where he did Obstetrics and Gynecology, hence his passion for this specialty.
He graduated with the degrees Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1972 and completed a year of residency in Medicine and Surgery and was fully licensed to practice medicine and surgery in England, Scotland, and Wales in 1973. He was certified in Part I Membership of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecologist in Britain in 1978. In the US, he completed a rotating internship at Mount Sinai-City Hospital at Elmhurst and a four-year Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He became board certified in this specialty in 1981 and later became a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1982 and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1983. He also holds a master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University.
Based on his experience in Britain's
National Health System and his desire for universal health care, Dr. Benedict has worked in various community health centers in Brooklyn,
Nassau, and Suffolk and for the Health Insurance Plan of New York for nine years until
his departure in 1988. He worked closely with Dr. Mary Hibberd, the former
Commissioner of Health in Suffolk County in developing strategies for OB-GYN care in
county clinics in the late 1980’s, which has now reduced both infant and maternal
mortality in the county clinics. He has worked as a consultant for the former Suffolk
County Commissioner of Health Dr. Brian Harper since 2005 overseeing
Quality Improvement Services in all county clinics. He has lectured extensively on
social correlates on maternal mortality ratios between blacks and whites in America.
Since 1995, he has worked as a consultant and defense expert for major law firms and the Attorney General's Office in New York.
In 2006, he was appointed by the Nassau County Legislators to serve on the Board of
Trustees of Nassau University Medical Center. He is a member of various Medical Societies including the American Medical Association, National Medical Association, American College of OB-GYN, American College of Surgeons. He has been an attending doctor at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, for 29 years. Dr. Benedict is a Clinical Assistant Professor of OB-GYN at New York University Medical School and North Shore University Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor of OB-GYN at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.
He and his wife have three children, Evelyn Onoyemi, Andrew Osifuye, and Richard Adebola.