Regina Benjamin, MD [ '82], MBA
Regina Benjamin, M.D., (Family Medicine) is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States, the nation’s top authority and leading health educator on U. S. medical issues. Dr. Benjamin is a past member of the MSM Board of Trustees and is the 2010 recipient of MSM’s prestigious Louis C. Brown Vanguard Award, presented annually to individuals whose pioneering spirit and demonstrated leadership have impacted issues of health in Georgia and the nation.
Dr. Benjamin is founder and former chief executive officer of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, a small, rural health clinic dedicated to serving the large indigent population in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Prior to establishing the Clinic, Dr. Benjamin was associate dean for rural health at the University of South Alabama's College of Medicine, where she administered the Alabama-AHEC program and USA Telemedicine Program.
Dr. Benjamin’s extraordinary dedication and self-sacrifice have won her national recognition. In 2008, she was awarded the “Genius” fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation for her delivery of high-quality medical care to diverse, underserved communities in Alabama. She serves on numerous boards and committees and has received several awards and accolades. Most notably, she became the first African-American woman, and the first person under 40, to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. Dr. Benjamin also was named by Time Magazine as one of the "Nation's 50 Future Leaders Age 40 and Under" and "Woman of the Year" by People Magazine.
A graduate of the second class of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Benjamin completed her doctor
of medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her residency in family practice at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon Georgia. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University.