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Benakar F. Batista, MD — Pinnacle Woman in Healthcare

Sonoma, CA — Benakar F. Batista, MD, is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Woman in Healthcare and in acknowledgment of her years of outstanding work.

Benakar F. Batista is a distinguished OB-GYN Physician and US Army Combat Veteran who has served patients worldwide. She has thirteen years of experience treating patients at the United States Army Medical Corps and private US hospitals.

She first attended Northeastern University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1999. She then studied at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, earning a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2005. Dr. Batista continued with a Post-Doctoral degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology through a residency program at Tripler Army Medical Center completed in 2009. She holds Active Medical Licenses in California, Hawaii, and Cabo Verde and is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).

At the beginning of her career, Dr. Batista joined the US Army Medical Corps, serving as an OB-GYN Staff Physician at Irwin Army Community Hospital in Ft. Riley, KS. After four years, Dr. Batista was served as the Officer in Charge and Attending Physician at the 1st Sustainment Brigade Troop Medical Clinic for the US Army. She oversaw day-to-day operations at the clinic and base morgue at Bagram Airfield Base in Afghanistan from 2012-2013. In 2013, Dr. Batista took on a role with the US Army Medical Mission – AFRICOM in Niamey, Niger, where she performed gynecological surgeries. The doctor worked at the Regional Reproductive Health Center of Bela Vista in Sao Vincente, Cabo Verde, and introduced a new protocol for preterm labor. She was the sole female provider at the Sacramento Veteran Affairs Medical Center, serving on the OB-GYN staff in 2016.

After working as a Locum Tenens OB-GYN for Community Health Centers of the Central Coast from 2016-2017, Dr. Batista joined the staff at Kaiser Permanente. She worked there as a Staff Physician, treating patients in Santa Rosa, CA until April 2022. She is passionate about patient care: she chose the OB-GYN specialty to create long-lasting patient relationships that last a lifetime. Regarding her current position, Dr. Batista said, “I am thrilled and feel privileged to work at Kaiser Permanente, which has been long known for providing the highest quality of healthcare to its members by greatly emphasizing preventive care. I am dedicated not only to treat my patients but also to teach them about disease prevention, and most importantly to learn from them how to best care for their health in the long term.”

Actively involved in the medical field, Dr. Batista is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Sonoma County Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Medical Writer Association. Dr. Batista has also been honored with many academic awards and military honors throughout her career.

In her free time, Dr. Batista feels drawn to Medical Mission Trips and has traveled throughout the world to treat patients in need. She loves to dance, explore the world, relax at the beach, listen to African music, and spend time with her family. She plans to continue these travels after the pandemic. In addition, Dr. Batista speaks five languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole.

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