Luis Benavente, MD is a general and bariatric surgeon with Allied Physicians of Michiana. As a surgeon, you get the best of both worlds, patient interaction and the operating room (OR). Dr. Benavente’s favorite part about being a doctor is the operating room. He loves using state of the art equipment and helping a patient get better. With such a controversial subject like bariatric surgery, Dr. Benavente finds it one of the most fulfilling parts of his practice. With physician supervision and a surgery, a patient can ameliorate numerous medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, chronic headaches, liver disease and arthritis, just to name a few.
Dr. Benavente grew up in in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It is a large manufacturing city in northern Mexico. The customs in Mexico are a bit different and right out of high school you can start medical school. So, he did. He said, “going in medical school seemed the right thing to do”. Dr. Benavente didn’t fully realize he wanted to become a doctor until he had an anatomy class and a physiology class. He was hooked after that and wanted to learn more about the human body. By the third year, he was seeing patients in the hospital. The trust the patients had in a medical student proved he was on the right path. Dr. Benavente attended the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico. He completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota followed by an Advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery fellowship at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
After all his studies, Dr. Benavente was interested in returning to the Midwest. He attributes the help of a friend and a little luck that he found himself in Michiana. When he isn’t tied up in the OR, Dr. Benavente enjoys spending time with his family. He has a wife, 3 children and one on the way. Congratulations! In addition, he loves cycling. Before children, he and his wife would go on long bike rides. Now they are anxiously awaiting the time when the whole family can ride together. Dr. Benavente is fortunate to have a loving family that have supported him through all his struggles to get where he is today.
While he has had his own hardships, Dr. Benavente says they are nothing compared to what his patients face every day. He takes the time to really understand his patients in the hopes of breaking the stereotypes of surgeons being arrogant, mean and dismissive. When it is time to enter the OR, one thing he says is that he doesn’t like country music and his whole OR team knows this. During surgery, Dr. Benavente will be jamming to classic hard rock and metal. Even with his choice in music, he believes his coworkers find him approachable, humble and easy to work with. That is great news!
Dr. Benavente is hoping that physicians keep looking after the patient’s best interest before the red tape. This will aid in the advancement of medicine over the next 10 to 20 years.