Dr. Benitez earned his medical degree and his specialty in Emergency Medicine from the University of Puerto Rico. He then pursued a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center at Dallas, Texas. During his fellowship, he also completed the coursework for a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas, Houston. After the Fellowship, he joined the Emergency Medicine Training Program at UTSW as a faculty member and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and serves as the Assistant Medical Director for Scene Response and Field Operations for the Dallas Metropolitan BIOTEL (EMS) System.


Medical School University of Puerto Rico (1996)
Residency University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (1999), Emergency Medicine
Fellowship UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (2001), Emergency Medicine


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Bilateral Luxatio Erecta
Morrison L, Barrows T, Benitez F The Journal of Emergency Medicine 2003 24(1) 61-63
Role of the physician in the prehospital management of trauma: North American Perspective
Benitez FL, Pepe PE Current Opinion in Critical Care 2002 8(6) 551-558
On-scene supervision
Benitez FL, Pepe PE In Kuehl AE (ed) Prehospital Systems & Medical Oversight. National Association of EMS Physicians 2002 3rd ed 330-339
Chemical warfare agents: the binary agents
Velez LI, Benitez FL, Keyes DC In 2001
Chemical warfare agents: the V series
Benitez FL, Velez LI, Keyes DC In 2001

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians