People: Alere Inc (ALR_pb.N)
21 Oct 2016
Dr. Regina M. Benjamin M.D., serves as an Independent Director of the Company. From 2009-2013, Dr. Benjamin served as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States and chair of the National Prevention Council - 17 cabinet-level Federal agencies that developed the road map for the Nation's health - the National Prevention Strategy. From her early days as the founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama to her leadership role in the worldwide advancement of preventative health care, Dr. Regina Benjamin has forged a career that has been recognized by a broad spectrum of organizations and publications. In 1995, she 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. Other past board memberships include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Catholic Health Association, and Morehouse School of Medicine. 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 1998 Dr. Benjamin 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 and was recognized with the Papal honor Pro Ecclesia et Ponticifice from Pope Benedict XVI. In 2008, she was honored with a MacArthur Genius Award Fellowship. In 2011, Dr. Benjamin became the recipient of the Chairman's Award at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards. Dr. Benjamin has a B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University in 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 22 honorary degrees.
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