Top 25 Minority Leaders
American Public Health Association
Benjamin, 61, has been at the helm of the American Public Health Association, Washington, since 2002 when he joined the public health professionals' advocacy group. Before taking the top job at the APHA, Benjamin served as Maryland's secretary of health, where he oversaw expansion of the state's Medicaid program. But as a board-certified internal medicine physician, Benjamin began his career in the Army, eventually serving as chief of emergency medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington before leaving for civilian life. Benjamin has appeared on both Modern Healthcare's list of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and 50 Most Influential Physician Executives for multiple years.