DR. REGINA BENJAMIN
Dr. Regina Benjamin was the 18th U.S. surgeon general, a post she stepped down from in mid-July. As America’s doctor, she provided information and led initiatives to help the public improve their health. While in office, Benjamin led efforts to fight preventable diseases, curb tobacco use and continue education in suicide prevention, and before stepping down, she announced plans for a national campaign for walking. Benjamin, appointed in 2009, also led the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, with 6,500 professionals serving worldwide. Previously, she served as the first African-American female president of a state medical society, in Alabama.