Dr. Peter Bendix is board-certified in general surgery, trauma surgery, and critical care. He is an assistant professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the University of California – Davis and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed surgical residency at Dartmouth and his Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care fellowships at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His clinical focus is on conditions of traumatic injury, emergency general surgery, and surgical critical care.

Dr. Bendix served in the United States Peace Corps as a health extensionist in The Gambia region of West Africa. He also conducted fieldwork for the National Institutes of Health in Haiti and Mozambique. His research interests include the health impacts of gun violence; and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care delivery. Prior to joining Stanford, he worked as a trauma surgeon at the University of Chicago.

Clinical Focus

  • General Surgery

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School (2017) MA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (2016)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care (2016)
  • Residency: Dartmouth Hitchcock GME Programs (2015) NH
  • Medical Education: University of California Davis School of Medicine (2008) CA

All Publications

  • Surgical Conditions Account for the Majority of Admissions to Three Primary Referral Hospitals in Rural Mozambique WORLD JOURNAL OF SURGERY Anderson, J. E., Erickson, A., Funzamo, C., Bendix, P., Assane, A., Rose, J., Vaz, F., Noormahomed, E., Bickler, S. W. 2014; 38 (4): 823–29


    The World Health Organization has identified the primary referral hospital as its priority site for improving surgical care in low- and middle-income countries. Little is known about the relative burden surgical patients place on health care facilities at this level. This research estimates the fraction of admissions due to surgical conditions at three hospitals in rural Mozambique.Prospective data were collected on all inpatients at three primary referral hospitals in Mozambique during a 12-day period. We compared the number of surgical patients and their length of stay (LOS) to the patients admitted to the medicine, pediatric, and maternity wards. These findings were validated using retrospective data collected from one hospital from January to May 2012.Patients with surgical conditions (i.e., patients admitted to the surgical or maternity ward) accounted for 57.5 % of admissions and 48.0 % of patient-days. The majority of patients were admitted to the maternity ward (32.3 %). The other admissions were evenly distributed to the pediatric (22.5 %), medical (20.0 %), and surgical (25.2 %) wards. Compared to patients from the three other wards, surgical patients had longer average LOS (8.7 vs. 1.9-7.7 days) and a higher number of total patient-days (891 vs. 252-703 days). The most prevalent procedures were cesarean section (33.3 %) and laceration repair/wound care (11.8 %).Surgical conditions are the most common reason for admissions at three primary referral hospitals in rural Mozambique. These data suggest that surgical care is a major component of health care delivered at primary referral hospitals in Mozambique and likely other sub-Saharan African countries.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s00268-013-2366-1

    View details for Web of Science ID 000333151900011

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