Dr. Benton qualified as a general and mental health nurse at the then Highland College of Nursing and Midwifery in Inverness, Scotland. His M Phil research degree focused on the application of computer-assisted learning to post-basic nurse education. He has, during the past 30 years published articles in relation to research, practice, education, leadership, regulation, and policy topics. He has a Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude from the University of Completeness for his work researching an international comparative analysis of the regulation of the nursing practice.
Dr. Benton has held senior roles for 25 years across a range of organizations. These roles have included working as Executive Director of Nursing at a Health Authority in London, as a senior civil servant in Northern and Yorkshire Region, as Chief Executive of a Nurse Regulatory body in Scotland, and as Nurse Director of a University Trust Health System.
Dr. Benton is the recipient of several awards and honors. He is particularly proud of being awarded the inaugural Nursing Standard Leadership award in 1993. He was presented with Fellowship of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2001, awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2003 for his contribution to health and nursing policy, and most recently became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2015.
His main interests are in epidemiology and genetics, in particular in psoriasis and skin cancer including primary cutaneous lymphomas. He works and publishes general systems for epidemiologic methodology and classification of skin diseases. He is a member of several scientific societies and editorial boards, a member of the board of the German Dermato-Oncology Group (DeCOG), and co-chair of the Topic Advisory Group for the ICD-11 dermatology classification at the World Health Organization.
He has been president of the following organizations: the American Urological Association, the American Board of Urology, the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, the Western Section of the American Urological Association, the Northwest Urological Society, the Oregon Urological Society, the Urologic Society of Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, the Western Association of Transplant Surgeons, and the Pacific Northwest Transplant Society.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing. He has been labeled as "One of the Best Doctors in America" by Woodward/White, as "One of our Best Doctors" in the Portland Magazine, "One of the Best 400 Physicians in America" by Good Housekeeping Magazine, and as "One of the Best Medical Specialists in the USA" by Town and Country Magazine.
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