Irina Benenson, DNP, FNP-C, CEN

Associate Professor

Division of Advanced Nursing Practice


SSB 1115

(973) 972-3222

Specialty: hypertension, diabetes, obesity, systematic review, evidence-based practice

A practicing family nurse practitioner, Dr. Irina Benenson serves as an associate professor at the Advanced Nursing Practice Division, Rutgers University School of Nursing, where she teaches graduate level clinical courses. 

Dr. Benenson’s scholarship focuses on improving healthcare outcomes of individuals with chronic medical conditions, especially hypertension and other cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities. The primary area of her research is to identify risk factors for hypertensive crisis and resistant hypertension among high-risk individuals (diabetics, African Americans, older adults). Trained in systematic review methodology, Dr. Benenson is part of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation (NEST) at Rutgers School of Nursing. She has multiple peer-reviewed publications on hypertension, which were widely recognized by general and professional communities. She presented on several national and international conferences. 

A nationally certified family nurse practitioner, Dr. Benenson has worked for more than 20 years providing direct care for patients in inpatient and outpatient care settings. She maintains her faculty practice as a primary care nurse practitioner at Rutgers Community Health Center. She is a co-chair of the NJ chapter of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is a recipient of 2018 NJ Health Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Dr. Benenson earned her MSN and DNP degrees from Rutgers University.