Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA joined the Boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in June 2015. She is a member of the Quality and Health Improvement Committee and the Community Health Committee.
Dr. Benjamin is Founder and CEO of BayouClinic, Inc. in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, 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. 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.
Dr. Benjamin serves on the boards of Ascension Health, Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc., ConvaTec and Computer Programs & Systems, Inc.
Dr. Benjamin received a bachelor of science in chemistry from Xavier University, New Orleans, attended Morehouse School of Medicine, earned an MD degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and holds an MBA from Tulane University. She is the recipient of 24 honorary degrees.