President Obama nominates candidate for U.S. surgeon general

13Jul09
Reuters

Reuters

President Obama announced today his nominee for U.S. surgeon general and SHE is BLACK. Dr. Regina Benjamin attended Xavier University in New Orleans, was a member of the second class of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and received an M.D. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A family physician, Dr. Benjamin has rebuilt the clinic she founded in 1990 twice in Bayou La Batre, AL, after hurricanes George and Katrina devastated it. The clinic serves the many uninsured patients in the small Gulf Coast shrimping village of roughly 2,500 people.

Born in 1956, Dr. Benjamin has received accolades galore as a caring “angel.” The New York Times chronicled her work in the article, “Angel in a White Coat.” Time Magazine listed her as one of the “Nation’s 50 Future Leaders Age 40 and Under.” She was elected to the American Medical Association’s board of trustees in 1995—the first physician under 40 and the first Black woman to be elected to the board. She received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 1998. She was chosen as “Woman of the Year” by CBS This Morning and People Magazine. Most endearingly, she received the award inspired by Mother Theresa, the 2000 National Caring Award. Dr. Benjamin has also done missionary work in Honduras and serves on the Board of Physicians for Human Rights.

Go, Sister!!!

Speak your peace.



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