Brief Biography of David M. Benjamin, Ph.D.

Clinical Pharmacologist


Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Toxicology)

Fellow, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management

Fellow, American College of Clinical Pharmacology

Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine


David M. Benjamin is a Ph.D.- trained Clinical Pharmacologist & Forensic Toxicologist, a trained arbitrator and mediator, and a nationally-recognized scholar in Legal Medicine, Reducing Medication Errors, the Drug Development process and Forensic Toxicology.  Dr. Benjamin obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1972 and completed his specialty training in Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1973.  He then spent 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry conducting clinical research and filing INDs and NDAs.


Dr. Benjamin is a prolific author with more than 175 presentations and publications.  In 2001, Dr. Benjamin chaired the Medication Error Reduction Task Force of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, and was the senior author of the Society’s highly acclaimed publication, PEARLS for Medication Error Reduction.


Dr. Benjamin is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he teaches Reducing Medication Errors, Legal Medicine, and Risk Management in the Clinical Pharmacology Course.  He is also the Course Director of the Department’s Scientific Writing Course, and this year taught Forensic Pharmacology to the graduate students.


Although he is not an attorney, Dr. Benjamin regularly teaches Scientific Evidence in the Medical Jurisprudence course at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, FL and in Professor James Starrs’ Forensic Science course at George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.  This year Dr. Benjamin was featured on “Forensic Files” on Court-TV describing his experience reviewing a case of alleged death from LSD.


Dr. Benjamin is a Regent of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and Chair of the Education Committee and the Teaching Forum sub-committee.  He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management.


David can be reached at 617-969-1393 or emailed at or visit his website at