William Scott Bender, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine


Dr. William Bender grew up in New England and completed his undergraduate education at Middlebury College where he majored in history. He then went on to receive his Masters in Public Health from the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences (now the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He subsequently obtained his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2009 and then stayed at Georgetown to complete his residency in internal medicine in 2012.

In 2015, he completed his fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at New York University where he worked under the direction of Dr. Laura Evans examining the delivery of bundled sepsis therapy to inpatients that develop severe sepsis and septic shock along with the delineation of an appropriate time zero for this patient population. He was recruited to join the faculty at Emory in 2015 as an assistant professor of medicine.


Dr. Bender’s research focus is centered on quality improvement within the field of critical care medicine. He has a specific interest in the processes and barriers associated with the implementation of evidence into practice particularly as they relate to the delivery of care for patients with sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). He also has an interest in medical education and teaching students, residents and fellows as well as exploring the changing style of medical education, predominantly as it relates to the rise of online educational resources.

Outside interests

When he is not working, Dr. Bender enjoys spending time his family, cooking, skiing, spending time outdoors and rooting for all professional Boston sports teams.

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