Obama appoints Dr. Regina Benjamin as new Surgeon General

Regina Benjamin, a family physician from Alabama who ran the state medical association and is an expert in rural medicine, was picked by President Obama to be the next Surgeon General of the United States.

Dr. Benjamin is known for her nonprofit clinic which was destroyed when Katrina came around.

“Benjamin was the first black woman to head a state medical society, receive the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and just last fall received a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant.”


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