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Regina Benjamin

AKA Regina Marcia Benjamin

Born: 26-Oct-1956
Birthplace: Mobile, AL

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Occupation: Doctor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Surgeon General

Regina Benjamin was raised in poverty and became the only doctor in a small, impoverished Alabama town, where she opened a clinic that accepts shrimp or crops as payment if patients lacked cash or insurance. She rebuilt the clinic twice after it was destroyed by hurricanes and a third time after it burned to the ground, and in 2008 she was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant". A long-time advocate for prevention and wellness programs, she was nominated to become US Surgeon General on 13 July 2009, by President Barack Obama.

Father: (d. high blood pressure, diabetes)
Mother: (d. lung cancer)
Brother: (d. HIV)

    University: BS, Xavier University (1979)
    Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine (1982)
    Medical School: MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1984)
    University: MBA, Tulane University (1991)
    Administrator: Associate Dean for Rural Health, University of South Alabama

    US Surgeon General (29-Oct-2009 to present)
    Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights 1998
    Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice 2006
    MacArthur Fellowship 2008 ("Genius Grant")
    Alabama Board of Medical Examiners
    American Academy of Family Physicians
    American Board of Family Practice
    American Medical Association Trustee (1995-98)
    American Red Cross
    Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
    Medical Association of the State of Alabama
    Mobile Chamber of Commerce
    National Health Service Corps
    Member of the Board of Physicians for Human Rights
    United Way


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