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|18th Surgeon General of the United States|
November 3, 2009 – July 16, 2013
|Preceded by||Donald Weaver (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Boris Lushniak (acting)|
|Born||October 26, 1956
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
|Education||Xavier University, Louisiana (BS)
Morehouse School of Medicine
University of Alabama, Birmingham (MD)
Tulane University (MBA)
|Awards||USPHS Regular Corps Ribbon|
|Branch/service||Public Health Service|
|Years of service||2009–2013|
|Unit||USPHS Commissioned Corps|
Regina Marcia Benjamin (born October 26, 1956) is an American physician and a former vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who served as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. Benjamin previously directed a nonprofit primary care medical clinic in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and served on the board of trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Early life and education
Benjamin was born in Mobile, Alabama on October 26, 1956. She graduated from Fairhope High School in Fairhope, Alabama, and then attended college at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where she was initiated into the Gamma Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She is also a member of the second graduating class of Morehouse School of Medicine. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed her residency in family practice at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. About her experience as the first member of her family to attend medical school, she has stated "I had never seen a black doctor before I went to college." After entering solo medical practice in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, Benjamin worked for several years in emergency rooms and nursing homes to financially support its mission. After receiving an MBA from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, she converted her office to a rural health clinic.
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