Benita Cotton-Orr

Senior Fellow

Benita, who immigrated from South Africa in 1986, is a policy analyst with a background in journalism. Her outspoken opposition to racially based and discriminatory policies is rooted in personal experience and the discrimination and inequities her family, friends and colleagues suffered under apartheid.

Authored Content


  • March 16, 2023

S1E10: Optimal Outcomes vs The Equality Approach

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb and Benita Cotton-Orr discuss how we should refocus the health care reform conversation on improving outcomes for all patients rather than the current race-based approach to treatment.


  • March 13, 2023

The Medical College of Georgia’s Radical Turn

Medical College of Georgia

There’s a sickness at Georgia’s biggest medical school.  Out of sight of the public eye, the taxpayer-funded Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University is promoting divisive and even discriminatory…


  • March 2, 2023

S1E9: Standing Up Against Woke Ideology

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb and Benita Cotton-Orr discuss the role of government in implementing a woke approach in healthcare. Despite the federal bureaucracy’s embrace of woke ideology, they see hope in…


  • February 17, 2023

S1E8: Standing Up Against Woke Ideology

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb and Benita Cotton-Orr share best practices for standing up against the woke ideology that is infiltrating health care. From helping professors push back against DEI requirements for…


  • February 3, 2023

S1E7: The Healthcare System’s Two Paths

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb and Dr. Benita Cotton-Orr examine the two paths that our healthcare system can take as we move ahead to the future, including considerations for access and how…


  • December 16, 2022

S1E4: The Hippocratic Oath

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb explains the history of the Hippocratic Oath, its focus on treating patients – no matter who they are – the same, and how it is the foundation…


  • December 2, 2022

S1E3: Medical Students and Woke Medicine

In our third episode, Benita Cotton-Orr and Dr. Stanley Goldfarb discuss how we can help medical students recognize, understand, and push back against the woke pedagogy that has infiltrated our…


  • November 18, 2022

A Woke Panic on Maternal Mortality

Is there an epidemic of black mothers dying in the delivery room? So it would seem, given the drumbeat of academic studies and media stories over the past few years, …


  • November 11, 2022

S1E2: Politics in Medicine

In our second episode, Benita Cotton-Orr and Dr. Stanley Goldfarb discuss when—and how—politics became such a big part of medicine.


  • October 28, 2022

S1E1: Medical Schools as Institutions

In this inaugural episode, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb joins Benita Cotton-Orr to share his personal journey from practitioner to educator. Stan shares how he became aware – tragically – of the…


  • August 1, 2022

Corruption of healthcare comes to Colorado Springs

The same divisive ideology that’s corrupting K-12 schools and threatening funding for public safety is rapidly taking over healthcare. It goes by many names: “Critical Race Theory,” “anti-racism,” “diversity, equity,…