I was pleased to find your blog on the Internet, along with your invitation to ask you a question. I am writing a letter to Regina Benjamin, MD, who the Senate recently confirmed as the nation’s surgeon general (or Surgeon General, if one follows the style of the press release on HHS.gov). How do I address the envelope, and what salutation should I use?
— Maria Gillman
Dear Ms. Gillman:
I cover all for the forms of address (social, official, place cards, etc.) for such government officials in my book.
Letter salutation: Dear Dr. (surname):
– Robert Hickey www.formsofaddress.info