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David Bensema

Physician, Past CIO and CMIO

Baptist Health Kentucky

David J. Bensema is a Physician, Past CIO and CMIO for Baptist Health Kentucky, and recently retired Infectious Disease Branch Manager for Kentucky Department for Public Health.

David J. Bensema, MD, MBA, FACP, immediate past Infectious Disease Branch Manager for Kentucky Department for Public Health, is the former Chief Information Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer for Baptist Health, and a board certified internist who, after 16 years of private practice in Lexington, became the Executive Director of Physician Services for Central Baptist Hospital and Medical Director of Baptist Physicians Lexington, Inc. in August 2006.

Bensema received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kentucky in 1982, followed by his medical degree in 1986, completing his residency in internal medicine in 1989 and chief residency in 1990. He completed his MBA at Auburn University in May 2013.

Bensema has participated in the start-up of three life insurance companies and in 2004 became board certified in insurance medicine. From 2007 to 2017 he served on the e-Health Board for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He is a past-president of the Lexington Medical Society and past President of the Kentucky Medical Association. He serves as a Delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association from Kentucky. He was a founding investor and Board Member for the Bank of Lexington from 2005 until its sale in 2018.

He and his wife, Dr. Marian Bensema, a pathologist, reside in Lexington, Kentucky where he continues to learn and evolve. They have two grown sons and daughter-in-laws, and four grandsons.

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