Rick E. Bendel

Physician at Mayo Clinic

200 First Street SW, Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Mayo Clinic
HQ Phone:
(480) 301-8000
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Last Updated 5/2/2016

General Information

Employment History

Editor and Reviewer  - American Journal of Ophthalmology


Bachelor of Arts  - Pomona College

MD  - 

Medical Degree  - University of Oklahoma

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Rick Bendel, M.D. Mayo Clinic
Rick Bendel, M.D. Mayo Clinic Vision loss. That experience could have been very frightening to be sure, but it actually turned into a spiritual one for me because of the exceptional skill, encouragement, and empathy of my doctor, Rick Bendel, M.D. at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. The privilege of working with this amazing doctor and undergoing eye surgery under his care is difficult to put into words. Dr. Bendel graduated from medical school with highest distinction, did an internship in India, and was a Fellow and did his residency at the Kresge Eye Institute. He was invited as professor for the 20th anniversary of finishing his residency at Kresge and was awarded their Distinguished Alumni Award in June 2015. I believe all of this has made him an extraordinary and sensitive doctor - one that other doctors could learn from. When Dr. Bendel first discovered that my narrow angle glaucoma was extremely problematic and perhaps even close to a dangerous closure with the possible loss of sight, he gently and patiently brilliant-colors explained the danger my eyes were in. I shall never forget how tranquil and confident he made me feel - without making me panicked or unnerved. Days later in the operating room, I was calm and comfortable as I listened to the sounds of soft, soothing music playing in the background, and there was no chattering among the staff. Dr. Bendel explained that he wanted me to be able to relax and focus on the music while he focused on his task - a teamwork approach. I could feel his reassuring hands on my face as he instructed me to "Look at the light, Joy. It truly became a spiritual occasion for me as "the light" turned into outlandishly beautiful colors as he worked on my eye. Somehow that entire experience changed my perspective on seeing. Yes, I now think that I have a new way of "seeing". I learned something about sight and vision from Dr. Bendel's concern and kindness and from my period of "not seeing" with my right eye. Strange how my encounter with the very compassionate Dr. Bendel and my brief, temporary bout with not being able to see has helped me to experience a deeper kind of seeing. Thank you also for highly skilled and compassionate doctors like Dr. Bendel who believe in us and help us when we are in dark times.

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Rick E. Bendel, M.D., elected FSO Vice President
Florida Society of Ophthalmology - The EyeMDs Rick E. Bendel, M.D., elected FSO Vice President ORLANDO - The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO), the preeminent professional association for medical and osteopathic doctors who specialize in vision care, elected Rick E. Bendel, M.D., as vice president at its Annual Meeting, Masters in Ophthalmology 2012, held June 22-24 in Orlando, FL. As FSO vice president, Dr. Bendel will help lead the nonprofit association, which represents more than 500 medical doctors focused on protecting the medical and surgical specialty of ophthalmology. In addition to active participation in legislative advocacy and the dissemination of responsible information to physicians and patients throughout the state, the FSO also provides continuing medical education opportunities. Dr. Bendel is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and a Consultant for the Department of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Michigan. Dr. Bendel has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He has been an editor and reviewer for the American Journal of Ophthalmology since 2004. Dr. Bendel has given numerous scientific and medical presentations and investigations at national and international meetings including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), European Glaucoma Society and the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association. He has also had two visiting professorships - one at Universities and Hospitals in China, Hong Kong, Chengdu and Beijing in the People's Republic of China, and the other at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Bendel received his Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College and his Medical Degree from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Bendel also completed an internship at the University of Oklahoma and an ophthalmology residency and fellowship at the Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University.

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