Film, Video Honoring Our Present, Leading Our Future

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Honoring Our Present, Leading Our Future
U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona opened the Library's 2003 National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with a keynote address.
Event Date
September 17, 2003
-  Dr. Richard Carmona was sworn in as the 17th surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service on Aug. 5, 2002. Born and raised in New York City, Carmona dropped out of high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967. While serving in the Army, he received his Army General Equivalency Diploma and joined the Army's Special Forces, becoming a combat-decorated Vietnam veteran and advancing to the level of vice admiral. After leaving active duty, Carmona earned his associate's degree from the Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), with a bachelor's degree in 1977 and a medical degree in 1979. He completed a surgical residency at UCSF and a National Institutes of Health-sponsored fellowship in trauma, burns and critical care. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified in correctional health care and quality assurance. In 1998 he earned a master's degree from the University of Arizona, where he has taught surgery, public health and family and community medicine.
Running Time
54 minutes 46 seconds
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