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President Obama Names Regina Benjamin as Surgeon General

President Barack Obama has announced that Regina Benjamin, a family physician from Alabama, will be Surgeon General.

Benjamin is the first black woman to head a state medical society.

"For nearly two decades, Dr. Benjamin has seen, in a very personal way, what is broken about our healthcare system," Obama said.

Benjamin’s determination to reform and improve healthcare has earned her national honors, including a MacArthur Foundation "genius award," the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, and her selection as one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News last year.

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