About Us

Who We Are

  • DxR Development Group, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Professor Hurley Myers and Dr. Kevin Dorsey of the Southern Illinois University Medical School, and software engineer Eldon Benz. Myers served as CEO until his death in April of 2020. Benz is still actively involved as a corporate officer, while Dr. Dorsey has returned to academia.
  • Our roots are in medical education software, and we’ve quickly expanded to develop applications for pharmaceutical companies, non-profit organizations, and other healthcare-related organizations. More recently, we’ve moved into online testing and training, Website design and development, and business application development.
  • DxR Development Group virtual patient software is used around the globe, particularly in Asia. Our partners — Chun Shin Limited and DxR Asia-Pacific — distribute DxR Clinician, DxR Nursing SELECT, Clinical Competency Exam, and VirtualPT Clinician in both English and Chinese. DxR Clinician is also available in Japanese.
  • DxR Development Group is a great place to work! About half of our staff has been with DxR for more than 15 years, serving our academic and business clients/customers. We’re also hiring a new generation of employees to help carry on DxR’s tradition of thoughtfully designed software, a client-focused development process, and excellent customer service.

Leadership

J. Hurley Myers

Founding President & CEO

The late Dr. Hurley Myers, PhD, was Emeritus Professor of Physiology and Internal Medicine, past Assistant Dean for Medical Education, and past Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Myers previously served as President of the Illinois Affiliate of the American Heart Association. Dr. Myers published over 50 articles, book chapters, and abstracts related to areas of experimental hypertension, coronary heart disease, vascular smooth muscle function, health promotion, and the development of virtual patient software for medical education. He was also a recognized authority on the subjects of problem-based learning and critical thinking in healthcare education, both in the U.S. and internationally. In more than 30 years as a medical educator and scientist, Dr. Myers received numerous teaching and service awards. In 2019, he was honored as a Sino-Phil Asia International Peace Award Laureate for his contributions to healthcare education. He lived in southern Illinois with his wife, Brenda, until his death in April 2020.

Eldon Benz

Vice President of Programming and Co-founder

Eldon Benz, software engineer and co-founder of DxR Development, brings an artist’s sensibilities to software design and development. He created the software framework underpinning DxR’s flagship product, DxR Clinician, as well as its derivatives. He was the principal programmer on the Interactive Atlas of Human Anatomy and educational software programs on space and science developed for the Challenger Learning Center. He continues to develop applications for healthcare education. An accomplished artist, sculptor, and photographer with a BFA in Sculpture, Benz is active in the southern Illinois arts community. He and his wife Jo, along with their dogs, live in a home he designed and built himself.