D. Gary Benfield, M.D. practiced neonatology (taking care of seriously-ill newborns) in Akron, Ohio for 35 years. He is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio and was a Co-Medical Director of the Fetal Treatment Center of Northeast Ohio, recently renamed the D. Gary Benfield M.D. Fetal Treatment Center of Northeast Ohio, located at Akron Children's Hospital.

He has published articles in numerous medical journals and contributed chapters for several books. For the past ten years, he has written a weekly column, "The Baby Beat," for The Alliance Review, Alliance, Ohio's daily newspaper.

Dr. Benfield received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and his M.A. in Philosophy from Kent State University.

He has three grown daughters, Terree, Laura and Cindy, and four granddaughters, Emma, Lindsay, Sarah, and Rebecca with a fifth granddaughter, Ali, on the way.  His wife, Cathy, is a counseling psychologist and his dearest friend.