President Trump is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at The National Constitution Center (NCC) in the Independence Mall area. Increased police presence is anticipated in Center City throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Please allow extra time if you are going to Wills Eye. Please be advised of area street closures to vehicles beginning at 1:00PM on Tuesday 9/15. Pedestrian access will also be limited in the area. This is subject to change and area restrictions, which could widen, will be lifted once the President departs the NCC. There are also demonstrations planned for Tuesday 9/15 around Independence Mall as well as City Avenue.

William E. Benson, MD

Subspecialty: Retina


Dr. William Benson graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa cum Laude from Yale University. He is a graduate of College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He completed his internship at Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, and his residency in Ophthalmology at Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He completed a Fellowship in Retinal Diseases at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Benson serves as Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine. Dr. Benson joined Mid Atlantic Retina, formerly Retinovitreous Associates, in 1976. He is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Benson is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Retina Society, The Macula Society, and the American Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Benson is also a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, College of Physicians, Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County Medical Society, Inter-County Ophthalmological Society and the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Benson was voted One of the Best Ophthalmologists in America in 1996, Ophthalmology Times. He has received the Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and has been honored as a Life Member by the Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia. Dr. Benson has served on editorial boards of several ophthalmology publications and has authored numerous books and articles on vitreoretinal diseases. Dr. Benson is fluent in French.

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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Affiliation
Professor, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University


  • Fellowship:  Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Residency:  Barnes Hospital
  • Medical School:   Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Undergraduate:   Yale University

Language Spoken

English, French

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840 Walnut Street, Suite 1020
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