The president chooses Dr. Regina Benjamin as his nominee for Surgeon General.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – President Barack Obama has announced his nomination for U.S. Surgeon General. As reported by ABC News, Obama named Alabama physician, Dr. Regina Benjamin, as his choice for the position on Monday.
As noted in the report, Obama formally announced his decision at the Rose Garden Monday. Dr. Benjamin runs a Bayou La Batre based health clinic, and was the first female African American to serve as head of a state medical society.
Dr. Benjamin is quoted in the report as stating in her National Institutes of Health web site profile of her ambitions for working in the medical field, “I believe it was divine intervention — it was in medical school when I realized there was nothing else I’d rather do with my life than to be a doctor. I had never seen a black doctor before I went to college, so I did not have an idea that I wanted to be one. I never thought I that I couldn’t, but I never really thought about it at all.”
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