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Watch surgeon general’s speech at Health Journalism 2016 #AHCJ16

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., (@Surgeon_General) spoke to attendees of Health Journalism 2016 and discussed how his administration will address the overuse of opioids in the United States.

A follow-up blog post will feature Murthy answering journalists’ questions after his prepared talk.

Murthy to release first surgeon general report on substance abuse, addiction and health #AHCJ16

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Judith Graham (@judith_graham), is a freelance journalist based in Denver and former topic leader on aging for AHCJ. She haswritten for the New York Times, Kaiser Health News, the Washington Post, the Journal of the American Medical Association, STAT News, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications.

Photo/Deborah Crowe/AHCJVivek Murthy, M.D., spoke at Health Journalism 2016

Photo: Deborah Crowe/AHCJVivek Murthy, M.D., spoke at Health Journalism 2016.

Everywhere he travels, Vivek Murthy, M.D., surgeon general of the United States, hears a similar plea from families.

Do something about the drugs ruining our communities and our families. Help us fight the opioid epidemic.

On Saturday, at the awards luncheon attended by hundreds of AHCJ members at Health Journalism 2016, Murthy promised to respond by mobilizing the medical community and issuing the first surgeon general’s report on substance abuse, addiction and health later this year. Continue reading

One-time surgeon general pick faces SEC case

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

In a tale of alleged fraud and political access, Dan Christensen of the Broward Bulldog in South Florida (and no relation to this blog post’s author), writes about cardiologist Zachariah P. Zachariah who has been accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of “using nonpublic information to make more than a half-million dollars in illegal profits from stock trades in 2005.”

George W. Bush was reportedly interested in appointing Zachariah to be U.S. surgeon general, until White House counsel learned he was under investigation by the SEC.

Zachariah would have replaced Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., who testified to Congress in 2007 that the Bush administration had let politics supersede science and forbid him to speak publicly about some issues, including stem cell research, and watered down reports, including one about the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Benjamin: Leaving patients ‘bittersweet’

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., to be surgeon general, the Department of Health and Human Services announced.

Benjamin, a doctor who has been practicing in rural Alabama, made news after Hurricane Katrina by rebuilding her rural clinic – and having to rebuild it again after it burned down.

As we noted when Benjamin was nominated, the Associated Press says Benjamin “was the first black woman to head a state medical society, received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and last fall received a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant.’” And “A decade ago, the New York Times called her ‘angel in a white coat,’ a country doctor who made house calls along the impoverished Gulf Coast, paid whatever her patients could scrounge.”

WKRG-Mobile/Pensacola has the news, comments from Sen. Jeff Sessions and reaction from Benjamin:


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See President Obama’s announcement in July of Benjamin’s nomination:

Obama picks rural Ala. doctor for surgeon general

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

The Associated Press reports that Obama has chosen a family physician from Alabama to be the next surgeon general. The announcement will be made today in the Rose Garden.

According to the AP, Regina Benjamin “was the first black woman to head a state medical society, received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and last fall received a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant.'”

Following Hurricane Katrina, she made news by rebuilding her rural clinic – and having to rebuild it again after it burned down. And “A decade ago, the New York Times called her ‘angel in a white coat,’ a country doctor who made house calls along the impoverished Gulf Coast, paid whatever her patients could scrounge.”

ABC News’ Jake Tapper has more about Benjamin.

On the Patient Empowerment Blog, Trisha Torry discusses what the surgeon general’s role is.

Read more about Benjamin as developments unfold today.