Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA
is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. As America’s Doctor, she provides the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and the health of the nation. Dr. Benjamin also oversees the operational command of 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, and protect the health of the American People.
Dr. Benjamin is Founder and Former CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Alabama, former Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, and Past Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States.
Dr. Benjamin is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She was a Kellogg National Fellow and a Rockefeller Next Generation Leader.
Dr. Benjamin has a BS in chemistry from Xavier University, New Orleans; attended Morehouse School of Medicine, and received her MD degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She also has an MBA from Tulane University and fifteen honorary doctorates.
Dr. Benjamin was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health as the 2011 National Honorary Member. Though she was unable to attend the National Council Meeting, she did show her support for the society by coming to Delta Omega's exhibition booth during the American Public Health Association's 2011 Exposition.
Dr. Lesley Russell, the Senior Public Health Advisor in the Office of the Surgeon General, accepted the honor on Dr. Benjamin's behalf, and delivered the meeting's keynote address. In reviewing the history of the field and service, she highlighted the importance of excellence in public health. Dr. Russell thanked the society on the Surgeon General's behalf for the great honor.