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Rebecca J. Benson, MD, PhD

Director, Ethics Consult Service
Medical Director, Pediatric Palliative Care Program
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics - General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Contact Information

Primary Office
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242


BA, Spanish, summa cum laude, Hope College
BS, Chemistry, Hope College
PhD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Resident, Pediatrics, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Chief Resident, Chief Resident Leadership Development Certificate Program
Introductory Pediatric Clinical Hypnosis Workshop (21 CME credits), National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute
Mediation Training (8-hour session taught by Steve Sovern (Sovern Mediation, LLC)), Carver College of Medicine

Licensure and Certifications

Hospice and Palliative Medicine
PALS Provider
American Board of Pediatrics

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Program in Bioethics and Humanities

Research Summary

Research Interests: - Impact of Pediatric Palliative Care on earlier use of hospice care and longer length of stay in hospice - Patient and provider satisfaction with addition of Integrative Therapy options