President Obama has named Regina Benjamin to be the surgeon general. Benjamin opened a rural health clinic in a small shrimping village on the Gulf Coast of Alabama; the clinic was subsequently destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, rebuilt, and then burned down the day before it was to re-open, says the New York Times. Benjamin was also one of the 2008 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation's $500,000 genius awards. The Wall Street Journal Health Blog points out that the role of the surgeon general is mainly symbolic.
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