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Physician Spotlight Kevin Benson MD Urogynecology

Kevin Benson, MD :: Urogynecology, Sanford Clinic Women's Health

Hometown: Sioux Falls

Family: Wife, Susan; Daughters, Jessie (13), Meredith (8), Peter (5)

Hobbies: Anything outdoors; I love fishing, hunting, gardening and woodworking

Favorite movie: Blazing Saddles

Favorite food: Fresh Fish

Favorite radio station: 91.7 PBR

Favorite website: Cabela’s (of course)!

What do you like about helping women?

What I really like the most about what we do here is providing a line of services for a unique group of women who are often overlooked. We offer an alternative and offer a new line of therapies and thought processes to problems which are really quite common such as chronic pelvic pain, incontinence of both urine and stool, patients who have painful intercourse, patients who have prolapse or things which have herniated, so essentially dealing with a real subset and a group of problems which oftentimes are not addressed.

How is your team on the leading edge of medicine for these problems?

From our perspective, we have done more of these types of procedures than any other group in the area. We’re also involved in research trials and in creating new products and new ways of approaching these problems.

What would you like to say to potential patients, that there’s hope?

There absolutely is hope, and if there’s one thing that we recurrently hear from patients, it’s that they had lost hope before coming and they thought there was really nothing more that could be done and that they had been at their end of their rope with this. What we do here is really to hopefully elevate the patient on a pedestal, to let them know that their needs are why we are here.

You almost became a civil engineer. How did you end up in medicine?

That’s a good question. Well, actually there is a lot of engineering in what we do. With surgery we are essentially putting structures back together and working with forces, so for me it was kind of a logical step. I originally wanted to do engineering in orthopedics but ultimately enjoy working with that component of what we do.

When you’re not at work, you’re chasing children.

Well, my major hobby is chasing after my children. I have three children who are school aged, so I’m busy with that. I enjoy the outdoors, enjoy gardening and woodworking, so there’s kind of a varied line of what I like to do when I’m not at work. Mostly, though, I’m spending time reading and trying to stay on top of what we’re doing here.