June 4, 2003 |
Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona said Tuesday that he supports the banning of tobacco products -- the first time that the government's top doctor and public health advocate has made such a strong statement about the contentious subject. Testifying at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on smokeless tobacco and "reduced risk" tobacco products, Carmona was asked whether he would "support the abolition of all tobacco products." "I would at this point, yes," he replied.
July 24, 2002 |
On a unanimous voice vote, the Senate Tuesday confirmed Arizona trauma surgeon and SWAT team deputy Richard H. Carmona as surgeon general. Carmona will be commissioned as a three-star admiral in the public health corps, commanding more than 5,600 commissioned officers, although he will have only a small staff. Successful surgeons general have taken advantage of the bully pulpit of their office to promote public health causes.
July 18, 2002 |
A Senate committee unanimously approved the nomination of Dr. Richard Carmona as surgeon general Wednesday, despite questions about his medical record and work history. The vote by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee was conducted quickly at an informal meeting just off the Senate floor. The nomination now goes to the full Senate, which must confirm Carmona to the post, which has been vacant since Dr. David Satcher's term expired in February.
July 10, 2002 |
Richard Carmona, President Bush's candidate for surgeon general, described himself Tuesday as a "people's doctor" who ably managed a trauma center, a hospital and a public health system in Tucson and still had time to moonlight on the sheriff's SWAT team. Carmona, 52, testifying at his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee, said his nomination as one of the nation's top doctors was the culmination of "my apparently disjointed career paths."
July 8, 2002 |
When Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson first sat down to talk with Richard Carmona about becoming surgeon general, the candidate seemed almost too good to be true. An up-from-nothing New York City street kid from Harlem. A high school dropout turned decorated Vietnam War veteran turned trauma surgeon. A moonlighting SWAT team member who shot a suspect dead to protect others and dangled from a helicopter in a daring mountain-side rescue.
March 29, 2002 |
In his 17 years in this desert city, Richard Carmona, President Bush's choice for U.S. surgeon general, has become one of Tucson's most visible and sometimes controversial figures. As a doctor and SWAT team member, his swashbuckling persona has made him a cult figure in law enforcement. But he also hasn't shied from controversy, which may well come up during his confirmation hearings. Carmona, for his part, is taking it one step at a time.
March 27, 2002 |
President Bush on Tuesday nominated an Arizona doctor with an action-hero resume to be surgeon general, traditionally the nation's most prominent platform for addressing the public on health issues. Named to the post was Richard Carmona, a 52-year-old Arizona trauma surgeon, part-time lawman and former Green Beret who killed a man 30 months ago in a shootout at a Tucson intersection.
December 14, 2001 |
The nation's epidemic of obesity is almost as menacing to health as smoking, the U.S. surgeon general said Thursday as he called on Americans to eat less and exercise more. Deaths related to obesity have reached 300,000 a year, said Dr. David Satcher, compared with 400,000 deaths annually from illnesses associated with smoking. Heart attacks, diabetes, strokes and various forms of cancer have all been linked to obesity, Satcher said.
November 4, 2001 |
Surgeon General David Satcher, who riled the Bush White House over the issue of teaching sexual abstinence in schools, says he'll step down Feb. 13 when his four-year term ends. Satcher, who was appointed by President Clinton, drew criticism from the White House last summer after his office released a report that said there was no evidence showing the success of sexual education programs that promote abstinence while barring discussion of birth control.
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July 26, 2001 |
U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher has a prescription for communities to begin fighting AIDS: Encourage education in homes, schools and churches; create a safe, comfortable treatment and testing environment; and promote healthy daily routines. "If we could really look at lifestyle and behavior, we could make a lot of progress," said Satcher, who was keynote speaker at an HIV prevention conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday. "The country needs to look at a model of community-based health care."