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Christian Doctor's Digest - August 2016

  • Karl Benzio, MD - Transgender Identification
  • Robert Lerer, MD - Mission Work in Cuba
  • Peter Anderson, MD - Lost and Found

Karl Benzio, MD, a transformed former alcoholic, enjoys a successful private practice in Doylestown, Pennesylvania, using his unique blending of psychiatry and spirituality to help many find the peace and freedom God abundantly provided him. He also serves on Focus on the Family’s Physician Review Council, is the Pennsylvania State Director of the American Academy of Medical Ethics and is a member, frequent spokesman and content contributor for Christian Medical & Dental Associations. Dr. Benzio has been married to his best friend, Martine, for 24 years and is a father to three daughters, Dominique, Nicole and Gigi. He loves travel, psychologically intriguing TV shows and movies, anything about decision-making and sports, especially Pittsburgh teams. Dr. Benzio writes a unique daily devotional called Stepping Stones. Visit to sign up for Stepping Stones and get more information on their free helpline and other life-transforming tips and resources.

Robert J. Lerer, MD, FAAP, graduated valedictorian of his class from Birmingham-Southern College in 1966. He obtained his medical degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School, where he graduated third in his class. After completing three years of pediatric residency at Yale, including being chief resident of the neonatal intensive care unit, he joined Pediatric Associates of Fairfield in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Lerer is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He has been the Commissioner of Health of Butler County for 40 years, the longest serving health chief in the history of Ohio. He and his wife Janis, a missionary nurse, have four adult sons and daughters.

Peter Anderson, MD, completed his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and his residency training at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia. He maintained a large primary care practice for 30 years, which became the first in Virginia to be recognized and accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a patient-centered medical home. Dr. Anderson also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. After retiring from active practice, Dr. Anderson founded and now leads Team Care Medicine, a consulting and training company. He has helped more than 250 generalist and specialist provider-led teams transform their practices using his model of inside-the-exam-room care that redesigns traditional workflow and elevates the role of clinical staff. Dr. Anderson is the author of three books, including The Familiar Physician: Saving Your Doctor in the Era of Obamacare and Lost and Found: A Consumer's Guide to Healthcare (co-authored with Dr. Paul Grundy). He writes and speaks frequently on primary care issues and clinical care reform.

August 2016 Featured Resources

Karl Benzio, MD - Transgender Identification - 2:10
Robert Lerer, MD - Mission Work in Cuba - 27:30
Peter Anderson, MD - Lost and Found - 51:15