Denis R Benjamin, MD
Denis R Benjamin grew up in South Africa, emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in 1970. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children's hospitals in Seattle, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas. He became an amateur mycologist soon after his arrival in the USA. He is a Research Associate at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth. He was a consultant to the regional poison control center, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, and a past Chairman of the Toxicology Committee of the North American Mycological Association. He is a frequent speaker at mushrooms clubs and societies. In addition to nearly 100 professional publications, he has contributed to the lay literature and mushroom magazines. He was a community Op/Ed writer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. He is author of the landmark book on the health effects of mushrooms Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas and published a collection of mushroom foraging essays Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging. He is also a watercolorist focusing on fungi and botanical art. He was featured in 360West Magazine - Article.
LAMS Meeting: October 2020
Program: "Mushroom Edibility; Myths and Misunderstandings"