Tulane Alumni Association




Distinguished Alumnus/a Award 2012


The Honorable Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA

Dr. Regina M. Benjamin has played a leadership role in advancing preventive health care
since she completed medical school and opened a clinic in Bayou La Batre, a small
shrimping village of approximately 2,500 residents on the Alabama Gulf Coast near her
hometown. Today, she is the 18th surgeon general of the United States. As “America’s
family doctor,” Benjamin is building on her deep, firsthand knowledge of the pressing
needs and health disparities afflicting rural, high-poverty communities, ensuring that
the most vulnerable among us have access to high-quality care. She also is charged with
providing the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their
health, and overseeing the operational command of 6,500 uniformed public health officers
ser ving around the world.

Benjamin’s higher education began in New Orleans at Xavier University, where she
earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistr y in 1979. She attended Morehouse
School of Medicine and earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama at
Birmingham in 1989. After founding the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in 1990,
Benjamin began working on her MBA at Tulane University, traveling 150 miles on
weekends to participate in the school’s program for working executives. She graduated
from Tulane in 1991.


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