Lawrence Benjamin

Diverse background inspired soon-to-be physician to focus on cultural competency in health care

Fourth year medical student, Lawrence Benjamin, participating in a panel discussion, offers his perspective on diversity and inclusion during the 2016 Day of Discovery & Dialogue at Washington University.

Fourth-year medical student, Lawrence Benjamin, participating in a panel discussion, offers his perspective on diversity and inclusion during the 2016 Day of Discovery & Dialogue at Washington University.

Ask Lawrence Benjamin where he is from, and there isn’t just one answer.

“I am from Durham, Dallas and Salt Lake City, and I have close ties to Boston and St. Louis,” said Benjamin, who will earn his medical degree in May from Washington University School of Medicine.

Growing up in a medical family – his father is a cardiologist, his mother a registered nurse – he moved frequently. “I’m from all over,” said Benjamin, 26, a noted leader in his class, particularly in issues pertaining to cultural diversity. “I like to adapt.”

Benjamin’s experience living across the United States, coupled with his roots as a first-generation American – his father is Guyanese, his mother Haitian – spurred his interest in exploring how a person’s background can affect individual health care.

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