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Regina Benjamin

18th Surgeon General


Regina M. Benjamin, MD is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. As America’s Doctor, she provided the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and the health of the nation. Dr. Benjamin also oversaw the operational command of 6,500 uniformed public health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote and protect the health of the American People. In addition, she served as chair of the National Prevention Council, which is comprised of 17 cabinet-level federal agencies that developed the National Prevention Strategy, a roadmap for the nation’s health. Recently, Benjamin has been appointed to the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Boards of Directors. She will also serve on the Quality and Health Improvement as well as the Finance committees.

From her early days as the founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama—which she kept in operation despite destruction inflicted by hurricanes George and Katrina, as well as a devastating fire—to her leadership role in the worldwide advancement of preventive healthcare, Dr. Benjamin has forged a career that has been recognized by a broad spectrum of organizations and publications.

Dr. Benjamin is the former associate dean for rural health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a past chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. In 1995, she was the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. She also served as president of the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation and chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. In 2002, she became the first African-American female president of a state medical society in the United States when she assumed leadership of the Medical Association State of Alabama.

Dr. Benjamin is a member of the Institute of Medicine—the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and was chosen as a Kellogg National Fellow and a Rockefeller Next Generation Leader.

Benjamin has a BS in chemistry from Xavier University, an MD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MBA from Tulane University. She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency in Macon, Georgia.

Dr. Benjamin can collaborate on exciting ideas for customized speech topics with clients and offer audiences thought provoking information and tools on the journey towards a healthier nation. Her diverse background and expertise on a wide range of topics - from persevering in the face of overwhelming odds to her intimate knowledge of our rapidly evolving healthcare system - make her a strong speaker for not only healthcare and community organizations, but also in the areas of education, diversity and women's interests.


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