Dr. Richard Carmona, Presidential Nominee for U.S. Surgeon General, Receives Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Arizona

Dr. Richard Carmona Receives Alumnus of the Year Award from the U of A

Dr. Richard Carmona, Presidential Nominee for U.S. Surgeon General, Receives Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Arizona

Richard Carmona, MD, FACS, MPH, Presidential nominee for U.S. Surgeon General, received the Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Arizona. He was nominated for this award by the Arizona College of Public Health, where he completed a master's in public health degree in Health Policy and Administration in1998.
"We are proud of Rich's accomplishments as an alumni of our College," notes G. Marie Swanson, PhD, MPH, dean of the Arizona College of Public Health. "His accomplishments not only have reflected his interests in bringing health care to under-served communities in Arizona, but also his desire to enhance health-promotion and disease-prevention activities throughout the nation. He has made exceptional contributions to public health."

Dr. Carmona is a UA clinical professor in public health, surgery and family and community medicine. In addition, he is medical director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Unit; department surgeon and SWAT training officer at the Pima County Sheriff's Department; and attending surgeon at the UA Campus Student Health Center.

He has worked directly with the Arizona College of Public Health and other local agencies in the area of public health preparedness to link community-wide efforts in bioterrorism prevention and response. He was instrumental in creating Arizona's first Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and chairs the DMAT executive committee.

In addition, he helped organize and present AHSC's first inter-collegiate seminar, Bioterrorism and Consequence Management, which brought together students and faculty in the UA Colleges of Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Medicine. The seminar helped students understand the interdisciplinary nature of the response to bioterrorism events - and their role in managing the consequences. Among other skills, students learned to: describe when to suspect a patient has been exposed to biological or chemical agents; accurately access and activate the health care support system in response to bioterrorism events; and perform the diagnosis, treatment and medical management tasks related to their profession.

Prior to his current duties, Dr. Carmona was director of Trauma Services at Tucson Medical Center (1985-93) and chief executive officer of the Pima County Health Care System and Medical Director of Kino Community Hospital (1994-99).

He completed medical school, surgical residency and fellowship in trauma, burns and critical care at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). In 1985, he was recruited from UCSF to begin and direct the first trauma services program in Southern Arizona.

Established by the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2000, the Arizona College of Public Health is the first public health college in the Southwestern United States and represents a tri-university collaborative effort among the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. The College of Public Health's mission is to promote the health of individuals and communities with a special emphasis on diverse populations and the Southwest. Programs concentrate on the reduction of health disparities, the development and maintenance of healthy communities, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.