David R. Benavides, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

David R. Benavides, MD, PhD


  • Neurology

    • Neuroimmunology

About David R. Benavides, MD, PhD

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Dr. Benavides specializes in neuroimmunology, which is a branch of medicine that combines neuroscience (the study of the nervous system) and immunology (the study of the immune system).

Specifically, Dr. Benavides focuses on a group of neurological diseases called antibody-mediated disorders. These include:

  • Autoimmune encephalitis
  • Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody disease (MOGAD)
  • Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD)
  • Stiff-person syndrome

He also has expertise in many other neurological conditions, such as:

  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurosarcoidosis
  • Rheumatologic diseases (neurologic complications)
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Vasculitis

"I am committed to delivering high-quality, comprehensive neurological care and building strong relationships with my patients. This allows for shared decision-making and builds my patient's confidence and trust in their treatment plan."

This approach is appreciated by patients and his colleagues. He has earned "Top Doctor" billing in neurology – specifically for multiple sclerosis care – by Baltimore.

Dr. Benavides also directs a translational clinical neuroscience research program to investigate immune regulation of neuronal function, with a particular interest in antibody-mediated neurological syndromes. The goal of his research is to identify novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets for neurologic diseases. Identifying such biomarkers and targets would lead to more effective treatments for individuals with those diseases.

Learn more about the Benavides Laboratory.

Gender: Male

Language(s): English


  • UM Charles Regional Medical Center

  • University of Maryland Medical Center

  • Member of UM Faculty Physicians, Inc.

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