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Richard H Carmona MD, MPH, FACS

Richard H Carmona MD, MPH, FACS

Laureate Professor, Public Health, Health Promotion Sciences & Community, Environment and Policy (EHS)

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1295 N. Martin Ave
Drachman Hall
PO Box: 245209
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 749-9655 ext. 4889


Distinguished Professor, Public Health
Clinical Professor, Pharmacy Practice-Science 
Professor, Surgery 

AzCIM Fellowship Faculty member: Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Richard Carmona MD, MPH, FACS was the 17th Surgeon General of the United States and is the Distinguished Professor of Public Health at MEZCOPH.  He also holds faculty appointments as a Professor of Surgery and Pharmacy.  Trained in general and vascular surgery, Dr. Carmona also completed a National Institutes of Health-sponsored fellowship in trauma, burns, and critical care.  Dr. Carmona was then recruited jointly by the Tucson Medical Center and the University of Arizona to start and direct Arizona’s first regional trauma care system. He went on to become the chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System, a professor of surgery, public health and family and community medicine at the University of Arizona, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department surgeon and deputy sheriff. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Carmona’s interest in public health stemmed from the realization that most of his patients’ illnesses and injuries were completely preventable

In 2002 Dr. Carmona was nominated by the president and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to become the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Carmona was selected because of his extensive experience in public health, clinical sciences, health care management, preparedness, and his commitment to prevention as an effective means to improve public health and reduce health care costs while improving the quality and quantity of life.  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 about the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Educational Background:

M.D. University of California, San Francisco, 1979.

B.S. University of California, San Francisco, 1977.

M.P.H. University of Arizona, Tucson, 1998

Selected Publications:

Carmona RH, et al: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, A Report of the Surgeon General, June 2006

Carmona RH, et al: Proceedings of the Surgeon General’s Workshop on Women’s Health, December 2005

Carmona RH, et al: The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities, July 2005

Carmona RH, et al: The Surgeon General’s report on the Health Consequences of Smoking, May 2004

Carmona RH, et al: The Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis, October 2004


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