HEALTHY LIVING

Regina Benjamin, New Surgeon General

08/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Regina Benjamin, a specialist in rural health care who founded a clinic to serve the poor along Alabama's Gulf Coast, was named by President Barack Obama as his choice for U.S. surgeon general.

Obama, making the announcement today at the White House, called her an "outstanding candidate to be America's leading spokesperson on issues of public health."

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