New surgeon general nominee is a CHA board member

Dr. Regina Benjamin poses for a portrait in the waiting room at her temporary clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala, Sept. 18. Benjamin, founder and CEO of Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, has been awarded a $500,000 fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago. (CNS/courtesy MacArthur Foundation)

Dr. Regina Benjamin poses for a portrait in the waiting room at her temporary clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala., last September. (CNS/courtesy MacArthur Foundation)

Dr. Regina Benjamin, a member of the board of trustees of the Catholic Health Association, is being nominated as surgeon general this morning.

We had this story on Benjamin last fall, when she received a MacArthur fellowship for her work with medical clinics in poverty-stricken areas of Alabama.

Benjamin did her undergraduate studies at Xavier University in New Orleans and in a 2005 speech she talked about the Catholic parish she grew up in, and how her grandmother’s land donation made it possible to create a parish for blacks who experienced segregation in the primarily white church.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta last winter was reportedly a leading candidate for the position but withdrew his name, citing demands of time and pressure on his family.

2 Responses

  1. :D w00t! Awesome news.

  2. That’s great! She has a long family background that loves God. She will surely prosper in her new appointment because she has a passion for God’s people. Congrats, Regina.

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