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Daniel Kelly Benjamin, MD, PhD

Kiser-Arena Distinguished Professor
Professor of Pediatrics
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail: 7044 Duke Clinical Research Institute, 2400 Pratt St, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 668-7081

Dr. Danny Benjamin is the Principal Investigator and Chair of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Pediatric Trials Network. The Network is responsible for designing and leading clinical trials of off-patent medicines in children of all ages across all therapeutic areas. The team has established, or is actively studying, the correct dosing and safety of more than 70 of the most commonly used medicines in children. Each of these trials is conducted under an Investigational New Drug (IND) application with guidance from the Food and Drug Administration for labeling.

The Pediatric Trials Network has directly impacted the healthcare of over 90% of American children.

Signature programs of the Network include clinical trials in premature, term infants, breast feeding mothers, and obese children. Over the past 10 years, Danny’s group has enrolled more premature infants, at more sites, in more clinical trials of off-patent anti-infectives under an IND than all other academic medical centers, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies in the world, combined.

Danny is recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a premiere mentor and educator. His research program serves as a platform to train students and early career investigators. Danny’s group has a clinical research summer program for high school and college students targeting under-represented minority students, and he is the primary mentor for medical students, residents, subspecialty fellows, and multiple junior faculty. He has been the primary or secondary mentor for 10 faculty who have received career development awards and who have then gone on to secure their own funding.

Danny's service to the community is expressed through his passion for coaching baseball. He has coached over 500 recreation league, travel league, and scholastic baseball games and he is the head coach of Smith Middle School, the 5-year reigning southern conference champions. Danny and his wife own a charitable non-profit that provides athletic and fitness opportunities for disadvantaged school-aged boys and girls.

Education and Training

  • Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, Duke University, 1998 - 2001
  • Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, 1995 - 1998
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2003
  • M.P.H., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2001
  • M.D., University of Virginia, 1995

Selected Grants and Awards

Publications

Gonzalez, Daniel, Debra L. Palazzi, Leena Bhattacharya-Mithal, Amira Al-Uzri, Laura P. James, John Bradley, Natalie Neu, et al. “Solithromycin Pharmacokinetics in Plasma and Dried Blood Spots and Safety in Adolescents.” Antimicrob Agents Chemother 60, no. 4 (April 2016): 2572–76. https://doi.org/10.1128/AAC.02561-15.

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Ericson, Jessica E., Victor O. Popoola, P Brian Smith, Daniel K. Benjamin, Vance G. Fowler, Reese H. Clark, and Aaron M. Milstone. “Burden of Invasive Staphylococcus aureus Infections in Hospitalized Infants.” Jama Pediatr 169, no. 12 (December 2015): 1105–11. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.2380.

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Kelly, Matthew S., Daniel K. Benjamin, Karen M. Puopolo, Matthew M. Laughon, Reese H. Clark, Sagori Mukhopadhyay, P Brian Smith, and Sallie R. Permar. “Postnatal Cytomegalovirus Infection and the Risk for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.” Jama Pediatr 169, no. 12 (December 2015): e153785. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3785.

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Thaden, Joshua T., Jessica E. Ericson, Heather Cross, Stephen P. Bergin, Julia A. Messina, Vance G. Fowler, Daniel K. Benjamin, et al. “Survival Benefit of Empirical Therapy for Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections in Infants.” Pediatr Infect Dis J 34, no. 11 (November 2015): 1175–79. https://doi.org/10.1097/INF.0000000000000850.

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Offringa, Martin, Jonathan M. Davis, Mark A. Turner, Robert Ward, Ralph Bax, Sam Maldonado, Vikram Sinha, et al. “Applying Regulatory Science to Develop Safe and Effective Medicines for Neonates: Report of the US Food and Drug Administration First Annual Neonatal Scientific Workshop, October 28-29, 2014.” Ther Innov Regul Sci 49, no. 5 (September 2015): 623–31. https://doi.org/10.1177/2168479015597730.

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Arnold, Christopher J., Jessica Ericson, Nathan Cho, James Tian, Shelby Wilson, Vivian H. Chu, Christoph P. Hornik, et al. “Cefepime and Ceftazidime Safety in Hospitalized Infants.” Pediatr Infect Dis J 34, no. 9 (September 2015): 964–68. https://doi.org/10.1097/INF.0000000000000778.

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Rowe, Stevie, David Siegel, Daniel K. Benjamin, and Daniel K. Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act – Pediatric Trials Network Administrative Core Committee. “Gaps in Drug Dosing for Obese Children: A Systematic Review of Commonly Prescribed Emergency Care Medications.” Clin Ther 37, no. 9 (September 1, 2015): 1924–32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinthera.2015.08.006.

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Bergin, Stephen P., Joshua T. Thaden, Jessica E. Ericson, Heather Cross, Julia Messina, Reese H. Clark, Vance G. Fowler, et al. “Neonatal Escherichia coli Bloodstream Infections: Clinical Outcomes and Impact of Initial Antibiotic Therapy.” Pediatr Infect Dis J 34, no. 9 (September 2015): 933–36. https://doi.org/10.1097/INF.0000000000000769.

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Ericson, Jessica E., Christopher Arnold, Jomani Cheeseman, Jordan Cho, Sarah Kaneko, Ele’na Wilson, Reese H. Clark, et al. “Use and Safety of Erythromycin and Metoclopramide in Hospitalized Infants.” J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 61, no. 3 (September 2015): 334–39. https://doi.org/10.1097/MPG.0000000000000792.

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Harskamp-van Ginkel, Margreet W., Kevin D. Hill, Kristian C. Becker, Daniela Testoni, Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, Daniel Gonzalez, Jeffrey S. Barrett, et al. “Drug Dosing and Pharmacokinetics in Children With Obesity: A Systematic Review.” Jama Pediatr 169, no. 7 (July 2015): 678–85. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.132.

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