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Dr. Regina Benjamin Named Surgeon General by Obama Administration, Profiled in American Crisis

Dr. Regina Benjamin — profiled by journalist Frye Gaillard in his essay in American Crisis, Southern Solutions: From Where We Stand, Promise and Peril — has been named the next surgeon general by President Barak Obama. Benjamin is an Alabama physician and, as president of the Alabama Medical Association, was the first female African America president of a state medical association.

On the occasion of Dr. Benjamin receiving a MacArthur Foundation award in 2008, Gaillard wrote, “It seemed to me that Dr. Benjamin’s story … offered powerful lessons for the health care industry during a time when so many people can’t afford what it offers.”

Read Gaillard’s full essay on Dr. Benjamin in American Crisis, Southern Solutions. The volume includes thoughtful, provocative essays from a dozen Southern writers, historians, business and labor-watchers, and philosophers, presenting suggestions for a fresh path America should follow in governance, international affairs, the environment, workplace security, freedom of the press, and immigration reform. They present “Southern solutions,” based upon southern experience, to a nation that has drifted far off course.

American Crisis, Southern Solutions is available from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online book retailer.