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Surgeon General to Step Down

June 14, 2013—U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., June 12 announced via her Twitter account that she will step down from her position in July. Deputy Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., will serve as interim surgeon general until a permanent pick is nominated.

President Obama appointed Dr. Benjamin in 2009 [see Washington Highlights, Oct. 30, 2009]. As surgeon general, she chaired the National Prevention Council, which was created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) to promote prevention and improve access to care. She also focused on combating smoking and obesity, creating the “Every Body Walk!” initiative to encourage physical activity.

In an email to her staff, Dr. Benjamin wrote, “My goal was to create a grassroots movement, to change our health care system from one focused on sickness and disease to a system focused on wellness and prevention. With your help, that movement has begun.”

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