Monday, July 13, 2009

Dr. Regina Benjamin as the next U.S. surgeon general

Sounds like Dr. Regina Benjamin will be our next surgeon general. CNN's Sanjay Gupta turned down the offer.

Dr. Regina Benjamin is founder and CEO of Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, Bayou La Batre, Alabama. She is also the first African American woman to become president of the state medical society of Alabama. She is former associate dean for rural health at the University of South Alabama's College of Medicine in Mobile, where she administers the Alabama AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program and previously directed its Telemedicine Program. In 1998 she was the United States' recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. In 1995 she was elected to the American Medical Association's (AMA) board of trustees, making her the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected. She has also served as president of the American Medical Association's Education and Research Foundation. That's quite a long list of some of her major accomplishments! Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin!

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