Top 25 Minority Leaders
U.S. Surgeon General,
Dr. Regina Benjamin took over at the end of 2009 as U.S. surgeon general under the Obama administration. Benjamin, 55, is the country's 18th surgeon general, and previously served as associate dean for rural health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. The American Medical Association appointed her in 1995 as its first African-American female board member, as well as the first doctor younger than 40 on the board. Her numerous awards include the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights from the Kaiser Family Foundation.