Jeff Benabio

Where were you born and raised?
Providence, RI

What’s a short story around the biggest transition you’ve faced in life?
Student to doctor, dermatologist to director, East coast to West, I’ve transitioned plenty. The biggest transition was when my wife and I packed a U-Haul and moved from New England to North Carolina. I had no idea what I would do, no job, no school. I had only my confidence and grit. I got into med school, finished first in my class and landed a great job in SoCal. I learned you don’t always have to know the final objective, just today’s.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a younger you?
Read more biographies to become inspired. Live a life that others will want to read about.

Your Personal Why?
The greatest honor for me is to serve others in keeping with my position. That’s what keeps me moving ahead.

How does your Why drive you to be a part of the THF Ecosystem of Support?
Unlike my father and grandfather, I never served in the military, and I regret it. Helping THF allows me to help in small but meaningful ways those who did serve.

Military Connection or Why do you respect Special Operators?
There is much that healthcare can learn from SOF. A reason why many departments at Kaiser Permanente run well is that we take many best practices from the military (a lot of our Chiefs were Navy captains!). I’ve been fortunate that several of my close friends are retired SOF. I learn from them every time we’re together.

Favorite THF Value, and why?
Prepare yourself for Adventure. Life is a risky business that will hit you hard when you do or don’t expect it. You cannot avoid the hazards of life, nor should you. Plan for the worst, then prepare and expect to win. And you shall.