Oct. 29, 2009
Mobile native Regina Benjamin became the 18th U.S. surgeon general after confirmation by the U.S. Senate. A graduate of the UAB School of Medicine, Benjamin dedicated her professional life to providing medical care for the community of Bayou La Batre in Mobile County. She was nominated for the office of surgeon general by President Barack Obama and is one of three Alabamians to hold the position, with Luther Terry and David Satcher. Benjamin has received many awards for her work, including the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, the papal cross from Pope Benedict XVI and the “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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