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Stephen H. Bendheim, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

As a native of Richmond, Dr. Bendheim grew up, went to school, and has spent his professional life in the Old Dominion. He has two daughters.  He is the former Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at Bon Secours St. Mary’s and St. Francis hospitals.  He is also the former Chair of the Virginia Section of American College of OB/GYN.

Dr. Bendheim has been named one of America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.

Dr. Bendheim has also received advanced surgical training to perform da Vinci robotic surgery. For more information on da Vinci surgical procedures, please visit and




Colonial Heights/Prince George
St. Francis-Centerpointe Bldg.

Special Professional Interests

Hospital Privileges
St. Francis Medical Center

Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia
Degree: Bachelor of Science

Medical School
Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
Degree: M.D.

Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk, Virginia
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk, Virginia
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Board Certifications
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Memberships / Societies
Medical Society of Virginia
Virginia OB/GYN Society
Richmond Academy Of Medicine
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellow, American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Member, Virginia Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Honors & Distinctions
Named one of America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists by the Consumer’s Research Council of America



Find out more about Dr. Bendheim


What are some of your favorite things about living here?
I love the proximity to the beach, “mountains” and DC. I like that we have four seasons. Love the restaurant scene in Richmond and like to eat out at different venues as much as possible. I also think that the area has much to offer culturally and continues to improve.

What do you do for fun?
Read, watch movies, watch sports, exercise, play golf, spend time with family/friends

What 1 thing do you never leave home without?
Cell phone and Listerine breath strips

How do your patients describe you?
Difficult to say, I hope that they say that I am compassionate, caring and gave them the time they needed each visit.

Why did you choose to practice medicine, and/or your field?
My father told me to be my own boss, “be a doctor or a lawyer”. I had a teacher in High school who thought I would like medicine and I did things to explore the field and fell in love with it. As for Ob/Gyn, I knew when I went to medical school that there were two specialties that I would not join and one of them was Ob/Gyn. When I was exposed to it during my third year I realized that it was what I wanted to do.

When you’re craving a snack, what do you reach for?
Usually something crunchy (crackers, chips, nuts) or a smoothie

Which women’s health issue(s) are you particularly passionate about, and why?
There are so many it’s hard to narrow down but teen pregnancy and contraception , as well as Patient Safety and Quality come to mind. As for the former, I think teen pregnancy has a major impact on young women and society in general. We need to give young women hope for the future and a good education so that getting pregnant before one is emotionally ready does not seem like a good option. If it occurs it often stunts the emotional/intellectual development of the women and places the infant/child in an at risk situation.

Contraception, especially long acting reversible contraception can help with this issue and offers other benefits. As for Patient Safety and Quality, I think medicine is and has been and inexact science and some things are done just because they have been passed down through the years from generation to generation of doctors. We are now using evidence based information to improve healthcare, cut out waste and make the patients safer as a result.


Name something on your “bucket” list.
To visit each continent

What inspires you?
My patients and my partners inspire me regularly

What hobby/activity do you most enjoy, and why?
Spending time with my daughters (even if they don’t necessarily want to as much with their “old man”)

If you could add 1 hour to your day, what would you do with it?
Read more, or sleep

What music is on your playlist right now?
I have a wide variety of music tastes and in the last 24 hours I have listened to Pink Floyd, The Avett Brothers, Outkast, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arctic Monkeys, The Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Little Feat, Frank Sinatra, Aesop Rock, Macklemore, Kings of Leon, Blake Shelton, the Beatles, just to name a few.

What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
Very difficult question as I grew up in Movie Theaters but the movie I watch whenever it is shown on TV is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the idea that each of lives has unforeseen impact on those around us is a powerful ideal.

Do you have a personal or professional motto?
If so, what is it? I like to think that I live my life by “The Golden Rule”, i.e., that we should treat other people as we would wish to be treated ourselves.

What was your favorite subject in school?
I was best at Math and Chemistry but like English (reading) as much.

If you hadn’t become a doctor, what profession would you have chosen?
Probably something sports related.

What would you like to learn more about?
I would love to learn more about the world’s religions and what drives conflict, and how to resolve it.

What’s your favorite thing to eat in a restaurant?
Soft shell crabs

Share 3 words to describe yourself.
Honesty, Integrity, Dad