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AMA Congratulates New U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin

For immediate release:
Oct. 30, 2009

Statement attributable to:
J. James Rohack, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The AMA congratulates Regina Benjamin, M.D. on her unanimous confirmation to the post of Surgeon General from the U.S. Senate.  As Surgeon General, Dr. Benjamin will serve the nation with distinction as a true advocate for America’s patients.  As our country works for health reform that provides all Americans with affordable, high-quality health coverage, Dr. Benjamin brings the important perspective of a physician who has dedicated her life to caring for vulnerable patients to the surgeon general post.

“Dr. Benjamin’s many impressive accomplishments, including receiving a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as the “genius grant,” leave no doubt as to her qualifications.  Her most important qualification for surgeon general is her deep commitment to her patients. We are particularly gratified to see her recognized for her work caring for patients in rural Alabama, and for her commitment to rebuilding her rural health clinic in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She is a true professional who puts her patients first.

“The AMA is immensely proud of Dr. Benjamin’s accomplishments, and we are extremely fortunate that she has just served a term as chair of the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.  She served as a member of the AMA’s Board of Trustees with the dual distinctions of being the AMA’s first young physician trustee, as well as the first African-American woman board member.”



Katherine Hatwell
AMA Media Relations
(202) 789-7419