Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

Richard Carmona

17th Surgeon General of the United States; Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona


Richard Carmona, now President of the Canyon Ranch Institute and Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch, is a former Surgeon General of the United States and a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona's Zuckerman College of Public Health. As the nation's 17th surgeon general, from 2002 to 2006, Carmona pursued an agenda that included prevention, preparedness, health literacy, global health and health diplomacy. He has published extensively and has received numerous local, national and international awards. Before becoming a doctor, Carmona dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Army. By the time he left active duty, Carmona was a combat-decorated Special Forces veteran of Vietnam. He has also worked as a paramedic, police officer and registered nurse. Trained as a general/vascular and trauma surgeon, Carmona received his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and has a master's degree in public health.


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