OAKLAND, Calif., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, has been named to the Boards of Directors of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (KFHP/H). Her appointment begins on June 1, 2015.
"We are proud to have Regina Benjamin join our boards of directors," said Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. "Dr. Benjamin shares Kaiser Permanente's deep commitment to wellness and prevention, and brings a strong combination of health-services and health-policy experience to our boards. Her advocacy of the value of health IT systems and electronic health records also aligns with our own efforts to improve the digital health experience."
Dr. Benjamin is the Founder and CEO of BayouClinic, in Bayou La Batre, Ala., and the NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. She served as the 18th United States Surgeon General from 2009-2013. Dr. Benjamin specializes in prevention policies and health promotion among individuals, as well as large populations, especially concerning obesity, childhood obesity, and children's health. She has special interest in rural health care, health disparities among socio-economic groups, suicide, violence and mental health.
Dr. Benjamin is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has been chosen as a Kellogg National Fellow and Rockefeller Next Generation Leader.
In 1995, Dr. Benjamin was the first physician under the age of 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. In 1998 she was the United States recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. She received the 2000 National Caring Award, which was inspired by Mother Teresa. In 2002, Dr. Dr. Benjamin became the first African-American female president of a state medical society in the United States when she assumed leadership of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.
She has a B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University, New Orleans, attended Morehouse School of Medicine, earned an MD degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MBA from Tulane University. She is the recipient of 24 honorary degrees.
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