Dr. Lydia Benitez is a Hematology/Oncology pharmacy specialist at Michigan Medicine. She currently serves as the adult leukemia clinic specialist. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2010 and her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2014 from the University of Michigan. She went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Residency at University of Michigan where she served as Chief Resident during PGY-1 year. After completion of post-graduate training she practiced at the University of Kentucky Healthcare as a malignant hematology/hematopoietic cell transplant pharmacy specialist and adjunct professor at the UKY College of Pharmacy until her return to University of Michigan in 2018. She currently serves as a Residency Advisory Committee member for the Michigan pharmacy residency programs. Her research interests include the appropriate use of new medications in the leukemia and building a framework for oncology stewardship, and the treatment of infections in immunocompromised patients.


  • 2022 2022 HOPA Basic Science and Clinical Research Literature Award, Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association
  • 2021 Making a Difference Award, Submitted by oncology residency coordinator for work completed as lead of the pharmacy preceptor appointment workgroup for the residency program
  • 2021 Making a Difference Award, Submitted by nursing colleague for clinical services provided buring cross-coverage of a different service (BMT)
  • 2021 Making a Difference Award, Submitted by PharmD Colleague for clinical services provided
  • 2021 2021 Residency Preceptor of the Year, UMHS Pharmacy Residency Programs
  • 2020 Oncology Preceptor of the Year, Oncology Residency Programs UMHS