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Meet the Staff at the Gianna Center


Carlos W. Benito, MD​
Chair of the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has announced the appointment of Carlos W. Benito, MD, as chair of the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN), effective immediately. A physician, educator, author and researcher, Dr. Benito brings a proven track record in maternal health services and will provide clinical and administrative leadership in maternal fetal medicine (MFM) at Saint Peter’s.
Dr. Benito comes to Saint Peter's from New Jersey’s Atlantic Health System, where he served as director of Maternal Fetal Medicine for Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers. His relationship with Saint Peter’s dates more than 25 years to his residency and fellowship training, which he completed there.
“As a regional leader in maternal health services, we are committed to achieving the best outcomes for mother and baby, while also improving the birthing experience for our patients. Always open to new technologies, procedures and protocols that can enhance a mother’s experience, we seek to evolve our portfolio of maternity services,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, interim CEO and president, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “We welcome Dr. Benito back to Saint Peter’s and look forward to his contributions as we embark on a new era with a continued focus on personalizing the birthing experience for our patients.”
Saint Peter’s Leads the Way in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a regional leader in the state in number of births, delivering approximately 5,400 newborns in 2018. The hospital was New Jersey’s first state-designated Regional Perinatal Center, providing an exceptional level of high-risk maternity care for women experiencing complicated pregnancy and neonatal care for infants born premature or with serious medical issues.
Saint Peter’s is the only New Jersey hospital in the Council of Women’s and Infants’ Specialty Hospitals (CWISH) and it has held that member designation since 1997. CWISH is a collaborative of 14 hospitals across the country that works together to establish best practices in support of programs, and national policy for women’s and infants’ healthcare services.

Widely recognized for its Level IIII Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), mothers experiencing high-risk pregnancies often seek out Saint Peter’s for its advanced diagnostic testing and high-risk pre- and postnatal care. Dr. Benito will oversee a team that includes maternal fetal medicine specialists (high-risk perinatal physicians), geneticists, a placental pathologist, perinatal nurses, ultrasonographers, neonatologists, diabetes care specialists, and other high-risk support specialists.
Saint Peter’s recently launched FaceTime in the NICU. The first-of-its-kind in the state, the program delivers a LIVE audio and visual feed to parents whose infants need specialized long-term care. NICU babies can sometimes require up to 70 to 80 days in the hospital, but parents of these infants are often forced to return home to resume work or care for other siblings. With the rollout of this new program, parents remain connected to their babies and able to contribute to real-time discussions with the medical team imparting their newborn’s care.

The hospital introduced a midwifery service in 2017 and is expected to open a new, state-of-the-art Birth Center in the Fall of 2019. It will be the state’s first birth center to be located on a hospital campus.

Saint Peter’s often sets the standard of care for many procedures which have become a matter of protocol in women’s maternal health and neonatal care statewide. The hospital’s Simulation Center for Interprofessional Learning has been used to train maternity nurses and others involved in the birthing process to reduce complications resulting from post-partum hemorrhaging, one of the leading causes of death for newborn mothers, and a medical crisis that has been getting additional attention nationwide.

Dr. Benito Brings Academic, Management and Medical Expertise
Among his many academic appointments, at Atlantic Health System, Dr. Benito served as director of Pregnancy Loss Service; director of Residency in the OB/GYN Research Program; and assistant director of Residency in OB/GYN. Prior to that,  he was associate professor of OB/GYN at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and associate director of MFM at Jersey Shore Medical Center. Dr. Benito also served as associate director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Saint Peter's Department of OB/GYN from 2003 to 2007.
Dr. Benito graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School and earned Master’s Degrees in Public Health from the UMDNJ School of Public Health and in Health Care Administration from Seton Hall University. Dr. Benito completed his residency training in New Brunswick at RWJ Medical School in OB/GYN and his fellowship in MFM at both RWJ and Saint Peter's.

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