Doctor M'Benga was a Starfleet medical officer who served aboard the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk during his original five-year mission. In the event of Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy's absence, M'Benga became the ranking CMO.
He conducted his medical internship on Vulcan, an experience that made him particularly skilled in treating members of that species. In 2268, M'Benga treated First Officer Spock for a serious gunshot wound. He had to slap Spock violently to bring him out of his Vulcan healing state. (TOS: "A Private Little War")
Later that year, Dr. M'Benga supervised his colleague, Dr. Sanchez, with the latter's autopsy of transporter operator, Ensign Wyatt, who had died after the Kalandan Losira merely touched him. M'Benga reported that Wyatt's entire body had suffered cellular disruption: the touch "blasted" every cell in his body from the inside out. In reply to Spock's inquiry regarding the incident, M'Benga explained his fellow clinician Sanchez found no known disease-causing organism was responsible. He later reported that Engineering Technician, John B. Watkins, had also died from a similar cellular disruption. (TOS: "That Which Survives")
Doctor M'Benga was played by Booker Bradshaw. He appeared in "A Private Little War" and "That Which Survives".
Jean Lorrah's novels, The Vulcan Academy Murders and The IDIC Epidemic, gave his first name as Geoffrey. Meanwhile, David Mack's Harbinger established his first name as "Jabilo", a word for "healer" in Kenyan according to the author , and set his assignment before the Enterprise as Starbase 47, also known as Vanguard.
The Vulcan Academy Murders presented M'Benga's time at the Vulcan Academy hospital and McCoy's subsequent recruitment of M'Benga for Enterprise. Tying in to this, The Klingon Gambit, by Robert E. Vardeman, established that his internship on Vulcan lasted four years.
Andrea M'Benga, the great-granddaughter of this character, is portrayed in several of William Shatner's non-canon novels.
His mirror universe counterpart appeared in the novel The Sorrows of Empire. Following Template:MU's death from xenopolycythemia in 2269, he succeeded him as the Chief Medical Officer of the ISS Enterprise. He continued to serve in that position until at least 2287. The novel likewise stated that his first name was Jabilo.