In addition to serving his patients, Dr. Bentley volunteers considerable time to leading the future of the medical profession. “I have a vision of where the medical profession should move forward. I want to cultivate and nurture the next generation of physicians that will take our place one day.” He does that by serving as clinical faculty at Oregon Health Science University. And he mentors high school and college students who are interested in medicine. Additionally, as the recent Chair of the Board of Legacy Health Systems, he had a significant hand in the strategic planning of the organization. As a result, this has a major impact on the direction and policy of the local medical community as LHS has 7,000 employees.
On one trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, he performed surgery on a 10 year old boy that had been blind almost his entire life. His vision improved dramatically within days of the surgery. Dr. Bentley was able to witness the tremendous impact on his young patient. The child went from needing to be led around his whole life to experiencing independence for the first time. Dr. Bentley looks forward to his future mission trips.
Dr. Bentley has many personal interests. He has been cycling and taking photographs for decades. He likes the exercise he gets biking to work and around town. His creative side is expressed in his photography, woodworking and music. He loves determining the composition of his photographic landscapes and directing the viewer’s eye. And he enjoys handcrafting wood furniture and cabinetry for his home as well as playing classical and modern piano pieces.