David R. Benavides, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

David R. Benavides, MD, PhD


  • Neurology

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About David R. Benavides, MD, PhD

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Dr. David Roger Benavides was named a "Top Doctor" in the specialty of Neurology: Multiple Sclerosis by Baltimore magazine in 2020.

Dr. Benavides joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Neurology in April 2017. He earned MD and PhD degrees from the Medical Scientist Training Program at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. As a Neuroscience graduate student in the laboratory of by James A. Bibb, PhD, he employed a multidisciplinary approach using biochemistry, electrophysiology, transgenic animal models, and animal behavior to study reward signaling, learning and memory, and mood-related behavior.

Dr. Benavides completed adult neurology residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed by fellowship training in the Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Benavides also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience in the laboratory of Richard L. Huganir, PhD, where he used cell culture models to investigate the effects of autoantibodies to ionotropic glutamate receptors on signal transduction cascades.

Dr. Benavides directs a translational clinical neuroscience research program to investigate immune regulation of neuronal function, with particular interest in autoantibody-mediated neurological syndromes. The unifying goal of this research is to identify novel therapeutic targets for neurologic diseases. Learn more about the Benavides Laboratory.

He holds board certification from the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is involved in the Maryland Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research.

Gender: Male

Language(s): English


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  • University of Maryland Medical Center

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