Regina Benjamin, MD, has been tapped as the new Surgeon General nominee, and her family practice background might be more appealing to ACP members who'd objected to the higher-profile choice of surgeon and TV personality Sanjay Gupta, MD, last year.
Dr. Benjamin was touted for her rural Alabama background, nonprofit work and post-Hurricane Katrina efforts. She's garnered attention for her national milestones, too, as the first black woman and the youngest doctor elected to the American Medical Association's board. Glowing news accounts are here and here.
ACP member expressed their reason why they objected to Dr. Gupta's nomination here.