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Richard Carmona
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Surgeon General of the United States
In office
August 5, 2002 – July 31, 2006
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byKenneth Moritsugu (Acting)
Succeeded byKenneth Moritsugu (Acting)
Personal details
Richard Henry Carmona

(1949-11-22) November 22, 1949 (age 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyIndependent (Before 2011)
Democratic Party (2011–present)
Alma materBronx Community College, CUNY (A.A.)
University of California, San Francisco (BS, MD)
University of Arizona (M.P.H.)

Richard Henry Carmona (born November 22, 1949)[1] is an American physician, policeofficer, public healthadministrator, and politician. He was the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. Carmona was chosen as Surgeon General by President George W. Bush in 2002. He left office at the end of July 2006 at the end of his term. After leaving, Carmona was highly critical of the Bush administration.

In August 2006, Carmona returned home to Tucson, Arizona.[2] In November 2011, he said he would try to become the Democratic Party's choice for United States Senate.[3] He won the nomination, but lost the election to Jeff Flake.