FMCSA appoints new chief medical officer

| 12/3/2009

Benisse Lester, M.D., was announced Monday, Nov. 30, as the new chief medical officer of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Before joining FMCSA, Lester was director of occupational medicine and safety for the Office of Health Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Lester began her service at DHS as Chief of Medical Programs for the Federal Air Marshal Service. She was appointed as an Honorary Police Surgeon by the New York Police Department.

Lester received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed a general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the New York University Medical Center. She is a senor aviation medical examiner and a medical review officer, and is board certified in orthopedic surgery with a certificate of added qualification in hand surgery.

In 2007, she was honored with the Sidney D. Leverett Jr. Environmental Science Award for her “singularly outstanding comprehensive contributions to the field of aviation medicine for the Federal Air Marshal Service.”

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer