Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, recently announced her resignation as the nation’s top doctor after four years in the post.
Dr. Benjamin, the 18th surgeon general, has been an active advocate for public health with a special interest in disease prevention, smoking cessation and healthy lifestyles.
“She has been a remarkable advocate in promoting the value of prevention as a national health priority. She forged the way as leader of the National Prevention Council, created under the Affordable Care Act, to help transform our nation’s health system from one that focuses on treating disease to one that focuses on prevention and staying well,” said Research!America Board member and American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, in a press release.
Deputy Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, will serve as acting Surgeon General in July while a permanent replacement is sought.