Constantino Benedetti

Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology

Costantino Benedetti, M.D. specializes in anesthesiology, pain and symptom control, and palliative medicine. He was born in Italy in 1941 and received his medical degree from the University of Rome, (La Sapienza) in 1972. Dr. Benedetti finished his anesthesiology residency and a National Institute of Health Fellowship in Pain Research and Therapy at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1978; his mentor was Dr. John Bonica. The same year he joined the faculty of the University of Washington. In 1990, he was appointed Director of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Symptom Control of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute at The Ohio State University (OSU) where he is now a Professor Emeritus.

In 1996, Dr. Benedetti was asked to develop a clinical and academic program in Palliative Medicine and Hospice at OSU. In 2004 he developed a Cancer Pain and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, which was the first ever to be financially sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

He is an active member of a number of professional associations.  In 1973 he became a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Pain. A firm believer in the importance of medical education as the bridge between research and clinical practice, he developed weekly and monthly clinical rotations open to national and international scholars. He has organized many local, national and international meetings in which not only researchers and clinicians were invited to give lectures, but also patients who were asked to describe the impact the disease has had on their and their family’s lives.

His work has been published in over 200 articles in professional and scholarly journals and books.  Dr. Benedetti has edited five books on pain. 

Active in the community, Dr. Benedetti has served on the boards of several charitable organizations. From 2003 to 2005 he was the President of the Ohio Division of the American Cancer Society.

In 1965, Dr. Benedetti received the UCLA Chancellor’s International Good Will Award for his work with international students. In 2000 he was the recipient of the Ohio Quality of Care Award from Pfizer, as well as an Official Recognition by Bob Taft, Governor of the State of Ohio, for Integrity, Professionalism and Community Leadership.  He also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Senate, and a Special Recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives. In 2005, he received the St. George Medal, the highest award the American Cancer Society gives to a Division volunteer, and the Lane Adams Quality of Life Award recognizing exemplary, compassionate cancer care. In 2013, he was the 14th Laureate of “The Maria Luisa Ferrari Lectureship for Life.”

In 2016 Dr. Benedetti retired from clinical practice but continues to be a strong advocate for proper Pain Therapy.