MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Dr. Regina Marcia Benjamin, from Mobile, Ala., went from directing a nonprofit medical clinic in Bayou La Batre to becoming our country's 18th Surgeon General.
Being the first member of her family to attend medical school, Dr. Benjamin admits, "I had never seen a black doctor before I went to college."
She put in many hours at emergency rooms and nursing homes to financially support a solo medical practice, and after receiving an MBA from Tulane University, she transformed her office into a rural health clinic.
Dr. Benjamin made headlines when she rebuilt her clinic after it was destoyed twice, once by Hurricane Katrina, once by a fire on New Year's Day (one day before the scheduled opening).
Her clinic was well known for providing health care to southern Alabama residents who otherwise could not afford care.
She was hand-picked by President Barack Obama to be our country's 18th Surgeon General.
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