Dr. Regina Benjamin Named Chair at Xavier University

Dr. Regina Benjamin Named Chair at Xavier University

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Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is returning to Xavier University in New Orleans. Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is returning to Xavier University in New Orleans.
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The 18th Surgeon General of the United States (2009-2013) Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA  was announced as the first NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana during a press conference this morning.

“I am honored to be named the Endowed Chair in Public Health at Xavier University of Louisiana,” said Dr. Benjamin. “I look forward to positioning Xavier as an international center for public health with a strong focus on the community.”

Dr. Benjamin is a long-time champion of the power of prevention. As Surgeon General, she lead the U.S. Public Health Service and chaired President Obama’s National Prevention Council, which released the first-ever National Prevention Strategy– a road map for a healthy and fit nation. She oversaw its implementation throughout the federal government.

“In July, I stepped away from my position but not from my mission,” Dr. Benjamin stated. “This endowed chair at Xavier provides an ideal platform from which I can broaden my mission of prevention and wellness.”

An alumna of the only Historically Black Catholic University in the nation, Dr. Benjamin will have a major role in developing future public health professionals. Former Surgeons General often go to medical schools or large academic health centers, rarely, if ever, to a liberal arts college. Dr. Benjamin wants to bring public health to the community and to have students engage early in their careers. Xavier has consistently ranked number one in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African American students in biology, chemistry, physics, and the physical sciences. The university is also renowned for ranking number one in the nation in the number of African-American students who go to and complete medical school.

Prior to her appointment as U.S. Surgeon General, Benjamin directed a nonprofit primary care medical clinic in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and served on the Board of Trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine.

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