Former U.S. Surgeon General To Receive the Eugene T. Davidson, MD, Public Service Award

Monday, May 2, 2016 9:43 am EDT


Jacksonville, Fla.

April 29, 2016 - Former U.S. Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA will receive the 2016 Eugene T. Davidson, MD, Public Service Award presented by the American Association of  Clinical Endocrinologist (AACE) on Saturday, May 28, 2016 during the AACE 25th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress in Orlando, Florida, May 25-29, 2016.   

The Eugene T. Davidson, MD, Public Service Award is given to a health professional, organization, or individual layperson for outstanding contributions to advancing the mission of AACE, in providing quality health care for patients with endocrine diseases and for the betterment of public health.

From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Benjamin served as the 18th U.S. Surgeon General. She is Founder and CEO of the BayouClinic, Inc., in Bayou La Batre, Ala., and Picayune Endowed Chair of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. She specializes in prevention policies and health promotion among individuals as well as large populations, especially concerning obesity, childhood obesity, and children’s health. 

She has forged a career that has been recognized by a broad spectrum of organizations and publications. In 1995, Dr. Benjamin was the first physician under the age of 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. She currently sits on the boards for Ascension – the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, as well as Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. She served as a board member on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Catholic Health Association, and Morehouse School of Medicine. 

With a special interest in rural health care, health disparities among socio-economic groups, suicide, violence, and mental health, she founded a rural health clinic in Alabama. In 2003, she was awarded the AACE Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population. 

Dr. Benjamin is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She was chosen as a Kellogg National Fellow and Rockefeller Next Generation Leader; was the U.S. recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 1998; was the recipient of the National Caring Award in 2000, which was inspired by Mother Teresa and was recognized with the Papal honor Pro Ecclesia et Ponticifice from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; was honored with a MacArthur Genius Award Fellowship; received the Chairman’s Award at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards in 2011 and in May 2013, Reader’s Digest, ranked her No. 22 of the “100 Most Trusted People in America.”

Dr. Benjamin’s biography and high-resolution photo are available here.

About the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. A majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. Visit our site at 

About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)

The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by providing professional education and reliable public health information; recognizing excellence in education, research, and service; promoting clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For more information, please visit 


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