Alabamian Regina Benjamin Nominated for Surgeon General

Time magazine cover, Dec. 5, 1994Another Alabamian has been tapped by President Obama for service in Washington. Dr. Regina Benjamin will be nominated for U.S. Surgeon General, according to the Associated Press this morning.

From AP:

Benjamin was the first black woman to head a state medical society, received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and just last fall received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” But she made headlines in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, with her determination to rebuild her rural health clinic Bayou La Batre, Ala., which serves 4,400 patients who would be hard-pressed to find care elsewhere.

Time magazine name Dr. Benjamin one of “50 future leaders of the country age 40 and under” in a Dec. 5, 1994 cover story (pictured). CBS This Morning named her “Woman of the Year” for 1996.

Here is a biography of Dr. Benjamin prepared in August 2006 at the time of her induction into the Alabama Academy of Honor.

Alabamian Robert Gibbs, an Auburn native, serves as Obama’s press secretary.

7 comments to Alabamian Regina Benjamin Nominated for Surgeon General

  • Anonymous

    Hope she’s paid her taxes.

  • 2010

    good choice….

  • JD

    Lots of management experince?

    If a Republican had chosen someone with her lack of managemnt history, it would be headlines in all the media.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    I’m assuming she’s an advocate of our future people’s national health service, or else she wouldn’t have even been considered.

  • lc

    before the tearing down begins – Dr Benjamin has cared for the needy and served her community for a long time – we should all be proud for a fellow Alabamian despite our political differences

  • Fo-fiver

    The President has made an outstanding choice in nominating Dr. Benjamin Surgeon General. All Alabamians should be proud to have her as a representative of our state. We should all strive to serve our communities sacrificially, following the example Dr. Benjamin set in Bayou La Batre.

  • Jane

    If Dr. Benjamin doesn’t do it for you.. here is a fun list of TV Doctors who should be nominated for Surgeon General.

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