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AMA News Room

June 13, 2013

AMA Congratulates Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, on Her Success in Improving Public Health

For immediate release:
June 13, 2013

Statement attributable to:
Jeremy Lazarus, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association (AMA) is very pleased to congratulate Regina Benjamin, MD, on her successful tenure as U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Benjamin is an effective public health advocate and spokesperson for the medical profession. Her focus on wellness and preventing chronic illness has achieved real results, with decreases in deaths related to heart disease, strokes and cancer. The AMA is dedicated to improving health outcomes for these chronic conditions, and our nation’s patients and physicians have been fortunate to have such a strong advocate for public health in the surgeon general’s office.

“Dr. Benjamin is well known now for her important work at the national level, but AMA physicians have known her for many years as a thoughtful colleague dedicated to her patients, the betterment of public health and the medical profession. We were privileged to work with her when she served as chair of the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs and as a member of the AMA’s Board of Trustees – where she was both the first young physician trustee and the first African-American woman board member. We wish Dr. Benjamin the best as she moves on to the next chapter in her medical career and we look forward to her continued success in years to come.”

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