She received her M.D. degree from Chicago Medical School in 1981. She completed her residency training in 1984 and a fellowship in 1985, at SUNY Downstate. Dr. Bendo's subspecialty is Neurosurgical Anesthesiology. She is board certified in Anesthesiology.
In 2009, she received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. In 2010, she received the Extraordinary Women of Downstate Medical Center Award.