Al B. Benson III, MD

Al B. Benson III, MD

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Primary Specialty

Medical Oncology

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Practice Focus Areas

Education

Medical Education:
MD, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences - 1976
Residency:
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics - 1979
Fellowships:
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics - 1984

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine (Certified)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology (Certified)

Faculty Profile

Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medical Group
Physician Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
On Medical Staff At:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

5.0
5.0 

235 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

98 Reviews

Reviews from Patients

98 Reviews

August 29, 2021

5.0

Thorough, compassionate and responsive.

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August 27, 2021

5.0

On time and professional

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August 25, 2021

5.0

As researcher and physician he could not be better

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August 23, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable and highly recommended. Took time to listen to me and address all concerns.

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August 22, 2021

5.0

He is knowledgeable and professional. He is giving me the treatment I need to survive and live life to its fullest.

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August 21, 2021

5.0

Great person, professionally and as a human being... Listens, does not rush, speaks calmly and gently, and goes way beyond duty!

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August 11, 2021

5.0

He is knowledgeable and listens to his patients

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July 30, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable, friendly and caring.

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July 17, 2021

5.0

Dr. Benson is very kind and helpful!

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July 16, 2021

5.0

Very sympathetic physician . Competent,

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July 15, 2021

5.0

He's great, knowing, but wish he had appointments in the morning which would work better with my work schedule.

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July 14, 2021

5.0

Very proficient and knowledgeable. A very calm, thorough and reassuring doctor. He is the best.

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July 14, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable and helpful Works to solve your problems.

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July 09, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable and good bedside manner.

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July 09, 2021

5.0

Dr. Benson is a genius!!

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July 08, 2021

5.0

Takes time with patient and answers all questions.

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June 25, 2021

5.0

Dr. Benson is prepared patient, thorough and caring.

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May 26, 2021

5.0

Dr Benson is a wonderful oncologist.

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May 22, 2021

5.0

knowledgable thorough open to patient preferences

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May 21, 2021

5.0

Very smart guy

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May 20, 2021

5.0

Best in the field.

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May 09, 2021

5.0

Most highly intelligent Oncologist and I respect his perspective on my illness.

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May 05, 2021

5.0

Professional

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April 27, 2021

5.0

Doctor explained everything well and made me feel comfortable under his care. He made sure I understood and was not nervous during my visit.

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April 16, 2021

5.0

Dr. Benson instilled trust and confidence. I feel like I am in the best place possible with him.

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April 13, 2021

5.0

Took time to listen to us and explain various options of treatment

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April 12, 2021

5.0

I fully trust Dr Benson.

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April 09, 2021

5.0

I believe hes very knowledgeable and has a calming presence

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April 09, 2021

5.0

He is amazing. Kevin his PA is simply the best.

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April 09, 2021

5.0

Dr Benson is fantastic, I highly recommend him.

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April 07, 2021

5.0

Dr. Benson care about your health & take his time talking to you about your health.

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March 15, 2021

5.0

Al Benson was recommended to me by Dr Matt Kulke at Dana Farber. He and Bridget OBrien kept me alive on a 2 1/2 year prognosis carcinoid cancer diagnosis now close to 15 years.

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March 14, 2021

5.0

Dr Benson is the BEST! Kind, caring, informative and knowledgeable!

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March 03, 2021

5.0

Dr. Benson is very professional, intelligent, informative and helpful. He took his time and explained everything very well. I left feeling as though I will be in very good hands in trusting my health with Dr. Benson.

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February 27, 2021

5.0

Very easy to talk to

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February 27, 2021

5.0

Dr. Benson has helped me twice with my cancers. He and my Oncologist at Lutheran Gen'l Hospital agreed on the same course of treatment. I have contacted him for the second time regarding my cancers which have come back. He is very thorough and I will call him next week (at his suggestion).

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February 24, 2021

5.0

Caring professional recognized as expert for my rare cancer. I feel blessed that I live close to such quality care.

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February 22, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable, compassionate and caring. The best.

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February 12, 2021

5.0

I have been a patient of Dr Benson for many years. He is an expert in his field and a caring person.

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February 10, 2021

5.0

Good doctor who knows the subject matter in depth and patiently willing to answer questions

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February 05, 2021

5.0

He is a kind, intelligent person who I have grown to trust.

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February 03, 2021

5.0

The doctor is very patient and through in explaining things. Makes you feel at ease.

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February 02, 2021

5.0

He is kind, caring and through. Very knowledgeable about my form of cancer (carcinoid).

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January 24, 2021

5.0

Seemed interested in my case, took his time and listened when I answered his questions!

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January 22, 2021

5.0

Dr. Benson always provides a thorough review of my test and scan results. He answers all of my questions to further my understanding. Dr. Benson takes the time necessary to instill confidence in the surveillance that he and his fellows are providing to me.

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January 17, 2021

5.0

Listens, understand, helpful and the BEST at what he does! So thankful he is my doctor!

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January 13, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable and a good communicator

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January 12, 2021

5.0

Outstanding professional, knowledgeable physician

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January 08, 2021

5.0

Very patient and was not rushed.

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December 22, 2020

5.0

Good service

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December 18, 2020

5.0

Dr. Benson is very thorough and thoughtful.

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December 15, 2020

4.0

He took care of things I asked him to do.

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December 09, 2020

4.0

I have no complaints but Im getting to know him - Ive just spoken to him for the first time.

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December 09, 2020

5.0

Hrd the best! He had answers to all of our questions and never hurried us.

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December 08, 2020

5.0

No matter how busy he is, he always takes time to listen to me, comes up with solutions, and even checks my progress with other doctors I see there.

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December 06, 2020

5.0

The doctor was very thorough and patient and the nurse was so sensitive and sweet!

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November 20, 2020

5.0

i have been followed by Dr Benson for many years. He is top in his field

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November 18, 2020

5.0

Good care

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November 15, 2020

5.0

VERY knowledgeable, understanding when you have concerns or questions, helpful when you can not afford your chemotherapy medication. We are so happy we moved to Chicago 2 years ago for Dr. Benson.

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November 15, 2020

5.0

VERY knowledgeable, understanding, top notch oncology care and helpful.

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November 14, 2020

5.0

Expert compassionate care

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November 03, 2020

5.0

We had a wonderful consult with Dr Benson. His reputation preceded him.

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November 03, 2020

5.0

They are all outstanding doctors!

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October 14, 2020

5.0

Dr. Benson was very trustworthy and compassionate, taking the time to throughly explain the upcoming process while clearly explaining the treatment. We strongly feel like we're in good hands with a trusted doctor.

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October 14, 2020

5.0

Everyone here are very nice and compassionate with patients

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September 30, 2020

5.0

Professional, caring,informative, and gave all the time necessary to ask questions and offer options.

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September 23, 2020

5.0

Dr. Benson seems extremely knowledgeable and experienced in his field. He cited current research and was honest about the implications and limitations for my specific case. His bedside manner is calming, confident and personable, and he didn't rush the appointment as is often the case. He took the time to answer all of my questions as a new patient to his practice and offered to share my results with my oncologist at the institution from which I am transferring care to keep him in the loop. He also reminded me about getting a flu shot and ensured that I had access to it before I left clinic saving me an unnecessary return trip. This was one of the least stressful and anxiety producing check ups I've had in a long time. Thank you, Dr. Benson!

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September 01, 2020

5.0

My experience thus far in my cancer journey with Northwestern has exceeded my expectations. Dr. Benson and his team have shown such care and compassion each time I've met or talked with them. As a nurse I know how to advocate for others however, it's a different experience to be advocating for myself. This team has treated me with the utmost excellence!

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August 31, 2020

5.0

Courtesy, knowledgeable, thorough, patience.

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August 28, 2020

5.0

He is patient, a great listener, knowledgeable and able to translate complicated medical terms so those with limited medical/science background understand their condition or treatment...I left the appointment with a good understanding of my condition, why specific tests were or were not selected and the rationale for next steps.

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August 26, 2020

5.0

I've been seeing Dr Benson for 2 years. He's practically perfect in every way

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August 25, 2020

5.0

He listens, Helps you when your in need, amazing doctor!

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August 21, 2020

5.0

Very informative and helpful. Answered all my questions and concerns in a professional and caring manner. Offered continued contact and suggested additional alternatives.

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August 16, 2020

5.0

very excellent physician

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August 16, 2020

5.0

great care

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August 11, 2020

5.0

Dr Benson is a very smart, caring physician specialist.

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July 31, 2020

5.0

Comprehensive, consistent, committed.

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July 29, 2020

5.0

He is a wonderful doctor.

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July 29, 2020

5.0

Dr. Benson is knowledgeable, patient, caring, forward thinking, and thorough. I feel I am in excellent hands when working with him.

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July 29, 2020

5.0

Dr. Benson. He's outstanding.

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July 28, 2020

5.0

Superb knowledge and care.

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July 28, 2020

5.0

Excellent care and ongoing support. Dr Benson saved my life.

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July 24, 2020

5.0

Very professional and listens to what I say and is very responsive to my health issues

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July 23, 2020

5.0

Excellent care

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July 21, 2020

5.0

Extremely knowledgeable , detailed, patient and compassionate.

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July 14, 2020

4.0

Care is exceptional. Whenever we need something it is taken care of immediately

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July 13, 2020

5.0

Outstanding professional care and concern for patient.

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July 12, 2020

5.0

Dr. Benson and his staff are extremely thorough and communicative. In addition his professional reputation is outstanding, both in clinical practice.and in research.

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July 12, 2020

5.0

Dr. Benson is a superb physician. He is brilliant, caring, and truly a wonderful doctor..I feel so fortunate to be a patient in his care.

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July 10, 2020

5.0

I have been a patient here for several years and i always received great Healthcare whenever i come to this location. Dr.Benson is very professional as well as all the staff and they really make me feel valued by giving me true quality treatment.

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June 28, 2020

5.0

Thorough. Knowledgeable. Caring. Understandable.

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June 26, 2020

5.0

Dr. Benson seemed very thorough, plus he really seemed to care and wanted to listen to me. The fact that his expertise and knowledge of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network was very reassuring. His patience with my husband and I proved to really show how much he cares for his patients.

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June 23, 2020

5.0

I have confidence in his expertise. He has proven to me that in my case it's best not to rush in to surgery.

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June 23, 2020

5.0

Always on top of the latest research and clinical trials.

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June 19, 2020

5.0

Excellent Doctor, caring and has saved my life. Love Dr Benson

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June 12, 2020

5.0

Dr. Benson has been everything I could ever hope as a caring, knowledgeable, attentive Doctor. He has kept me alive and well!

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June 09, 2020

5.0

He tells you everything so you can understand.

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June 07, 2020

5.0

very good physician. He answers my questions

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Industry Relationships

Consulting / Related Activities

Faculty member engaged in activities such as speaking, advising, consulting, or providing educational programs for the following companies or other entities

  • 16th Shanghai International Colorectal Cancer Symposium
  • American College of Radiology (ACR)
  • Apexigen Inc.
  • Association of Community Cancer Centers
  • Axis Medical Education, Inc.
  • Bio Ascend, LLC
  • Boston Scientific Corporation (includes Guidant Corporation)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
  • DefinedHealth
  • ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group
  • GRAIL, Inc.
  • HalioDx
  • Harborside Press, LLC
  • HUTCHMED
  • IQVIA
  • Istari
  • Merck Sharp || chr(38) || Dohme Corporation
  • Mirati Therapeutics Inc
  • MJH Healthcare Holdings, LLC
  • Natera, Inc.
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
  • Novartis
  • Patient Resource, LLC
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Precisca
  • PrECOG, LLC
  • Tukysa
  • White Swan
  • Xencor, Inc

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