President Barack Obama chose Mobile native Dr. Regina Benjamin to be America’s doctor. Dr. Benjamin formerly served as the 18th surgeon general of the United States. One of Benjamin’s many awards include the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights.
Benjamin also made history in 1995, when she became the first African-American woman elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association.
Her first book, The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation, was released in 2010. In it, she addresses the issues of obesity that affect American families and communities.
She’s also worked to reduce the suicide rate in our nation. In 2012, Benjamin issued “The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a report from the U.S. Surgeon General and the Action Alliance”, which outlined specific goals to cutting back the suicide death rates over the next 10 years.
Benjamin resigned from the position of U.S. Surgeon General in 2013.