- NAME: Regina Benjamin
- OCCUPATION: Doctor
- BIRTH DATE: October 26, 1956 (Age: 57)
- Did You Know?: In 1995, Regina Benjamin became the first African-American woman and the first physician under age 40 to be elected to the American Medical Association's board of trustees.
- EDUCATION: Xavier University of Louisiana, Alabama School of Medicine, Tulane University, Morehouse School of Medicine
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Mobile, Alabama
- Full Name: Regina Marcia Benjamin
- AKA: Regina M. Benjamin
- AKA: Regina Benjamin
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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Physician Regina Benjamin worked as the 18th U.S. surgeon general, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.
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She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in October of that year.
During her tenure, Benjamin took on a wellness and prevention stance, helming initiatives that focused on individuals maintaining good health as opposed to a treat-sickness paradigm. As such, coordinating efforts with a number of federal agencies, she emphasized the importance of nutritious foods, regular exercise (including dance) and cessation of smoking. She also supported breastfeeding,
including creating more spaces where women could do so comfortably, and exploring issues around suicide.
Benjamin resigned from her post during the summer of 2013, returning to her La Batre clinic. Over the length of her career thus far, she has received many honorary degrees and accolades, including the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and the National Caring Award.
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