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Brion Benninger, M.D., MSc


Professor of Anatomy, Executive Director - Medical Anatomy Center

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific - Northwest

E-Mail: bbenninger@westernu.edu

Phone: 541-259-0210 | Fax: 541-259-0201
Join year: 2011

Education

MSc, Sports Medicine, Center for Sports Medicine, Trauma and Orthopedic Department, Nottingham University, England, 1997

MBChB MD, Leicester University Medical School, England, 1991

Certification

Physician 1991

Surgical Resident Training

Clinical Anatomy, Guy's Hospital, London, England, 1993

Sports Medicine Physician 1997

Professional Experience

  • Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency Faculty, 2011-present
  • Samaritan General Surgery Residency Faculty, 2011-present
  • 1991- 2000 Emergency Medicine
  • 1991- present  Clinical Anatomy teacher
  • 2000- present  Neuroscientist – Motor Control lab
  • 1994 to 2000 Team Physician – Irish Professional Rugby Team
  • 1996 to 2000 Team Physician to Irish Exiles Under 21’s and 19’s
  • 2000 to date  Medical Liaison to Irish International Rugby Team
  • 1991 to 2000 Medical Officer to Midland Cycling Teams
  • 1995 to 1997 Medical Officer at National Cycling Championships
  • 1993 to 1995 Track Doctor Donnington Park Motor Race Circuit
    Course Doctor for various motor car rallies
  • 1992/1993    Rally driver and medical officer in “The Italian Job” rally
  • 1997 - 2000  Chief Medical Officer for Pegasus Motor Cycle and light car club
  • 1996 – 2000 Team Physician to the Great Britain Amateur Martial Arts Association Team
  • 1997 – 2000 Team Physician to British Universities Boxing Team and Championships – ABA
  • 1997 to 1998 Written and devised Head & Field Injury Assessment Form for acute rugby injuries


 

Teaching Experience

Have taught Medical, Dental, and other Healthcare professionals in Britain, Caribbean and USA.
 
2011-present Western University of Health Sciences, Medical Anatomy Center (COMP & COMP-Northwest)
•    General Medical Anatomy
•    Head and Neck Anatomy
•    Essentials of Clinical Medicine

2006-2014 Caribbean
•    General and Head & Neck Anatomy

2000-2011 Oregon Health & Science University
•    General Clinical Anatomy - Medical School
•    General Clinical Anatomy - Dental School
•    Clinical Head & Neck and Neuroanatomy - Dental School
•    Advanced Clinical Anatomy for Surgical Residents
•    Clinical Anatomy for Physician Assistant Students
•    Clinical Anatomy for Radiation Therapy Students
•    Clinical Anatomy for Pre-Healthcare Professionals
•    Neuroscience Course
•    Principles of Clinical Medicine

1991-2000 Nottingham & London (Guys Hospital)
    Medical, Dental & Sports Medicine and Surgical Residents

 

Courses

General Medical Anatomy
Head & Neck Anatomy

Certificate courses:
Advanced Anatomy
Ultrasound

Essentials of Clinical Medicine
Systems Courses – 2nd year curriculum

Club Mentor

Surgical Club – Advisor
Orthopaedic Club - Advisor
Emergency Medicine Club – Advisor
Military Club – Advisor
Ultrasound Club – Advisor
History of Medicine Club – In development


 

Research Interest

Educational Research – Innovative stereostructural anatomy teaching/learning
History of Medicine - Integrating past pearls with technology
Basic Science – Revealing definitive, and dynamic anatomy
Clinical Science – Integrate innovation and technology and apply to stereostructural anatomy, innovation, imaging, and invasive procedures

Clinical Interests

Sports Medicine
Soft tissue rehabilitation & proprioception
Concussion
Surgical Procedures
    Stereostructural Anatomy, Dynamic anatomy landmarks
Ultrasound
    Stereostructural Anatomy
    Musculoskeletal pathology-diagnostic
    Invasive procedures
    Injury monitoring   

Awards

2014 – American Society of Echocardiography - received Innovative Product of he Year award with novel ultrasound finger probe

Western University of Health Sciences, COMP-Northwest

2014 – Mentored Student (Eric Vinceslio) received top clinical research presentation Award at the World Congress of Ultrasound in Medical Education

2014 – Mentored Student (Deeka McDaniel) received top education research presentation Award at the World Congress of Ultrasound in Medical Education

2014 – Mentored Student (Lyman Wood) who received National Ralph Ger Clinical Science Research Award presentation at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists

2014 - Mentored Student (Alex Wertheimer) who received top Clinical Research Award at the Osteopathic Medical Education Annual Meeting

2014 - Mentored Student (Andy Berglund) only medical student amoungst 6 MD finalists invited for Platform presentation for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine research prize.

2013 – Mentored Students (Patrick Bevan, Mike Kahan, Nik Brown, Sarah Hughes, Andy Berglund) all awarded Platform presentations at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists

2013 – Mentored Student (Kurtis Webster) received top research Award at the World Congress of Ultrasound in Medical Education

2012/13 – Innovative Educator of the Year Award

2012/13 – Basic Science Faculty of the Year Award

2011/12 – Research Award

2011/12 – Educator of the Year Award

2011/12 – Basic Science Faculty of the Year Award

2012 – Mentored Student (Nik Matsler) who received National Sandy Marks Education Science Research Poster Award runner-up at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists
2012 – Mentored Student (Aaron Stecker) who received National Sandy Marks Clinical Science Research Poster Award runner-up at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists

2012 – Mentored Student (Nik Matsler) who received National Ralph Ger Education Science Research Award at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists

2012 – Mentored Student (Julien Diegel) who received National Ralph Ger Clinical Science Research Award Platform presentation at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists

2012 – Mentored Student (Kevin Post) who received runner-up National Ralph Ger Basic Science Research Award Platform presentation at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists

2012 – Mentored Student (Taylor Delamarter) who received Second Place Clinical Research Award at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

2012 – Received First Place Research Award at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

2012 – Received Commendation Award in Innovative Clinical Anatomy Teaching from the Commission of Osteopathic Accreditation


Oregon Health Sciences University

2009 – Honored for Community Service and Education by integrating human and marine anatomy to help understand human anatomy, clinical conditions and the benefits of inter-professional research to the public with public dissection of sharks.  

2008-10 – Honored by consecutive Dental Classes “White Coat Faculty Award”

2009-11 – Recognized by Faculty for Teaching, Leadership, and Research

2008 – First basic scientist/clinician to be honored by the Dental Class to award coats at the “White Coat Ceremony”

2002 – 2009 Teaching Excellence Awards – OHSU      
    - Medical School
    - Physician Assistant School


United Kingdom

1992 – 2000 Teaching Awards – Nottingham University
                                                        -  Guys Hospital
               

 

Innovation & Technology Accomplishments

December 2013, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) COMP-Northwest, Western University of Health Sciences, was the first to successfully combine Glass with the SonicEye finger ultrasound transducer using a Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system to successfully identify foreign bodies (shrapnel) that can be lodged in upper and lower limbs during military combat and civilian firearm violence.
 

February 2014, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from COMP-Northwest, Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon, Oregon, was the first to combine Google Glass with the SonicEye finger ultrasound transducer using a Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system to view ultrasound images during physical examinations of the limbs, neck, thorax and abdomen. Benninger teaches a physicians hand is a palpation stethoscope, the ultrasound finger probe is a visual stethoscope and integrating them with Glass would provide a physician triple feedback during physical examinations (palpation, surface, and internal visualization).

March 2014, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from COMP-Northwest, Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon, Oregon first to combined Glass with the SonicEye finger ultrasound linear and biplanar array transducers using a Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system to prove that images can be successfully obtained from donor cadavers and live subjects.

March 2014, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from COMP-Northwest, Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon, Oregon was the first to combine Glass with the SonicEye finger ultrasound biplanar array transducer using a Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system to successfully identify foreign bodies (shrapnel) that would be lodged in upper and lower limbs during military combat and civilian firearm violence.

July 2014, Professor Brion Benninger MD (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon Oregon, was the first to successfully assess medical students anatomy knowledge using Google Glass during anatomy lab examination identifying cadaver structures without the traditional use of pins, flags and strings. Professor Benninger feels the traditional way biased the structures students were being asked to identify and was unhelpful in representing anatomy as it would be experienced during physical examinations and invasive techniques.

August 2014, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from COMP-Northwest, Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon, Oregon was the first to successfully combine Glass with the SonicEye finger ultrasound linear transducer using a Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system to identify fractures of the mandible on donor cadaver patients.
 

August 2014, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon Oregon was the first to deliver a formal radiology lecture to first year medical students using Google Glass.


August 2014, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from COMP-Northwest, Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon, Oregon highlighted integrating Google Glass, ultrasound and a linear finger probe (Fukuda-Denshi & SonicEye respectively) creating triple feedback during physical examinations in Beijing, China at the International Federation of Anatomical Associations (IFAA)


August 2014 in Zakynthos, Greece, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from COMP-Northwest, Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon, Oregon delivered invited presentation about Google Glass, ultrasound and his triple feedback technique at the Vesalius Consortium (500th Birthday celebration). He revealed and compared Vesalius innovation to triple feedback with Google Glass and ultrasound linear and biplanar finger probes (Fukuda-Denshi & SonicEye respectively).  


September 2014, Dr Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon Oregon was the first to successfully combine Glass with DirectVision urinary cathether by PercuVision. Professor Benninger is able to view the urethral contents through the Glass while placing a urinary catheter. He taught COMP-Northwest medical students how to place urinary catheters using DirectVision on an advanced urinary simulator and then on donor cadavers. Dr. Benninger feels combining Glass with the advanced technology equipment developed from PercuVision will diminish the trauma inflicted from blind catheter placement, ultimately improving the quality of care to our patients.   

September 2014, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from COMP-Northwest, Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon, Oregon was the first to successfully combine Glass with the SonicEye finger ultrasound linear and biplanar transducers using a Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system hosted a symposium and hands on workshop integrating common field emergency procedures with innovative technology. Dr. Brion Benninger was the first to teach a formal workshop to emergency medical services personnel using Google glass and novel SonicEye finger ultrasound transducers.

September 2014, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from COMP-Northwest, Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon, Oregon was the first to successfully combine Glass with the SonicEye finger ultrasound linear and biplanar transducers using a Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system delivered an invited presentation at the St. Charles Healthcare System grand rounds using Google Glass emphasizing the history of bedside examination which has culminated into a triple feedback technique created by Dr Benninger using old school palpation skills, innovative dynamic ultrasound with Glass. He addressed the importance of anatomical knowledge and medical innovation.  

October 2014, Dr. Brion Benninger (Sports Medicine, Clinical Anatomist, Reverse Translational researcher and Innovative Medical Educator) from Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon Oregon was the first to successfully combine Glass with ultrasound linear finger probe during a Procedures Lab for Emergency Medicine, Military, Surgical, Ultrasound, Othopaedic and Sports Medicine Clubs attended by first and second year medical students at COMP-Northwest in Lebanon Oregon conducted by Dr. Eschelbach, Medical Director at St Charles Health System, Redmond Oregon. Dr Benninger, Advisor to the Clubs was extremely impressed with Dr Eschelbach’s didactic and hands on presentations. Students were able to conduct and practice the skills of the Seldinger technique for central lines etc…combining Glass, SonicEye finger ultrasound linear transducer with a Fukuda-Denshi ultrasound system.  
 

Committees

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Admissions Committee
  • Research Committee
  • Safety Committee
  • Awards Committee

Publication

Authorship and/or Editor of Textbooks
Author / Co-Author / Editor

Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy 5th Edition – Elsevier Publisher (printed 2010) - Editor

Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy 6th Edition – Elsevier Publisher (printed 2014) - Editor

Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy 7th Edition – Elsevier Publisher (expecting printing 2017/8) - Editor

Gray’s Anatomy Dissector – Elsevier Publisher (printed 2013) - Author

Nerves and Nerve Injuries - Elsevier Publisher (Printed May 2015) edited by Shane Tubbs. Brion Benninger - lead author

Bergman's Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation - Elsevier Publisher (printed May 2015) - multiple chapter author

VH Dissector Pro– published, Involved with design and clinical content of software program being used by 35 healthcare institutions. (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014) – Co-Author

Anatomical Power of 3 – local printing of anatomical review using a theme 2009 and 2015. – Author

Brain Injury Medicine, second edition – Demos Medical Publishing (printed 2012) chapter contribution – video cranial nerves

 


International and Chapter editor

1. Chapter editor for Gray’s Anatomy 40th (150 years) Edition (printed 2009)

2. Invited as Contributor (chapter writer) to Gray’s Anatomy 41st Edition (printing 2014)
 



 

Narrative


Brion Benninger MD MSc, Professor, Executive Director of the Medical Anatomy Center - Where Education and Science meet Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon Oregon. Residency faculty General Surgery, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Samaritan Health Services, Corvallis, Oregon and Surgery, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation OHSU, Portland Oregon.

Professor Benninger has been on the cutting edge of innovation and technology by developing, promoting and integrating optical head mounted displays (eg. Google Glass), novel ultrasound finger probes (eg.SonicEye), visualization table (eg. Sectra) and Glass optical urinary cathetherization (eg. PercuVision), providing innovative medical education, basic & clinical science reverse translational research and invasive techniques with an emphasis of stereoanatomy and imaging. His formal training as a physician (trauma and sports medicine) and clinical anatomist has provided him with tremendous insights into dynamic anatomy. He has received several teaching awards by faculty and students from multiple institutions and countries. He was the first Chair of Anatomy to receive an accreditation Commendation Award, for his vision and innovative teaching methods. His innovation and use of technology in research has benefited both military and civilian medicine. He was the first to conduct research using Google Glass in an anatomy lab. First to combine ultrasound finger probes with Glass while examining a patient, which is being patented as Triple feedback technique and practiced in anatomy lab courses. First to combine 3D visualization table with actual cadaver CT/MRI prior, during and post dissection as part the anatomy lab course. He has mentored over 100 medical/dental students who have presented research at national and international conferences. He is an Editor for Netters Human Atlas (most sold anatomy atlas worldwide), An author of Gray’s Anatomy and Gray’s Dissection texts. He is recognized as an international leader and expert in ultrasound education during the Basic Science curriculum years. He designed the millennial medical anatomy lab and coined the term stereostructural anatomy. He is an expert on anatomical variations. He continues to pioneer medical anatomy by integrating it with technology and disruptive innovation.