Surgery Special Grand Rounds Presentation

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 (All day)

SPEAKER: Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, professor of surgery, The University of Arizona, distinguished professor of public health, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, vice chairman, Canyon Ranch, president, Canyon Ranch Institute

TOPIC: From General Surgeon to Surgeon General:
Prevention, Preparedness, Plagues and Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 8–9 a.m.

RECEPTION: A reception will be held 9-10 a.m., just outside DuVal Auditorium, immediately following Dr. Carmona’s presentation, in recognition of his appointment as professor of surgery at the UA College of Medicine.

From General Surgeon to Surgeon General: Prevention, Preparedness, Plagues and Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General will be the topic of The University of Arizona Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation by Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th U.S. Surgeon General (2002-2006), and newly appointed professor of surgery at the UA College of Medicine. Dr. Carmona has been affiliated with the department since 1986.

Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Carmona dropped out of high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967. While serving, he received his Army General Equivalency Diploma and ultimately became a combat-decorated Special Forces Vietnam War veteran.

After leaving active duty, Dr. Carmona attended Bronx Community College of the City of University of New York and continued his education at the University of California, San Francisco, earning a bachelor’s degree (1977) and medical degree (1979). He was awarded the prestigious gold-headed cane as the top medical graduate. Trained in general and vascular surgery, Dr. Carmona completed a fellowship in trauma, burns and critical care and was recruited to Tucson in 1985 to establish Southern Arizona’s first regional trauma care system. Later, while working full-time, he earned a master’s of public health degree from the UA in 1998.

In 2002, Dr. Carmona was nominated by President George Bush, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to become the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. As Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona focused on prevention, preparedness, health disparities, health literacy and global health to include health diplomacy. He also issued many landmark Surgeon General communications during his tenure, including the definitive Surgeon General’s Report regarding the dangers of second-hand smoke.

After completing his statutory four-year term as Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona was named vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, president of the non-profit Canyon Ranch Institute and distinguished professor at the UA’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.