Modern Healthcare - - 2013 TOP 25 WOMEN IN HEALTHCARE -

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.

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