Obama Names Alabama Family Doctor as New Surgeon General

President Barack Obama named Dr. Regina Benjamin as U.S. surgeon general in an announcement late this morning at the White House. Benjamin, an Alabama family physician, runs a rural health clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala. She was the first African–American woman to head a state medical society and received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" last year. Benjamin, who must be confirmed by the Senate, became known nationally for her determination to rebuild her clinic, destroyed by Hurricane...Full Story
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