On this day in Alabama history: Dr. Regina Benjamin resigns as U.S. Surgeon General

On this day in Alabama history: Dr. Regina Benjamin resigns as U.S. Surgeon General
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin speaks as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius (L) and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh listen during an event to unveil the surgeon general's report on 'How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease' Dec. 9, 2010 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The report found that even minimal exposure to tobacco smoke is harmful. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

July 16, 2013

After serving as U.S. surgeon general for four years after her appointment by President Barack Obama, Dr. Regina Benjamin resigned her position on July 16, 2013, to take the position of Endowed Chair in Public Health at Xavier University of Louisiana. A resident of Spanish Fort, Alabama, Benjamin continues to give her time to her Bayou Clinic in Bayou La Batre. Since serving as surgeon general, Benjamin has collected numerous awards and degrees. During the past several years, she has received several honorary doctorates, and has delivered commencement addresses and senior day events at several Ivy League colleges.

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