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CHICAGO, January 3, 2005—Vice Admiral Richard H. Carmona, M.D., F.A.C.S., surgeon general of the United States, Washington, DC, has been selected as an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Honorary Fellowship is a special category of ACHE membership. It recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished service in the healthcare field, or in related areas, and who would not normally be members of ACHE. Carmona will receive his Honorary Fellowship on March 13, 2005, at the Convocation Ceremony during ACHE’s 48th Congress on Healthcare Management in Chicago.

Carmona was sworn in as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States on August 5, 2002. Prior to this, he was 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 (AZ) Sheriff’s Department surgeon and deputy sheriff.

Carmona has worked in various positions in the medical field including paramedic, physician, and registered nurse. He has held positions of progressive responsibility as chief medical officer, hospital chief executive officer, public health officer, and chief executive officer of the Pima County healthcare system. He has also served as a medical director of police and fire departments.

Prior to his medical career, Carmona enlisted in the U.S. Army and joined the Army’s Special Forces, ultimately becoming a combat-decorated Vietnam veteran.

A strong supporter of community service, Carmona has served on community and national boards and provided leadership to many diverse organizations. He has published extensively and has received numerous awards, decorations, and local and national recognition. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has completed a surgical residency at the University of California and a National Institutes of Health-sponsored fellowship in trauma, burns, and critical care. Carmona is certified in correctional healthcare and quality assurance and is a fully qualified peace officer with expertise in special operations and emergency preparedness, including weapons of mass destruction.

Carmona received his medical degree and his bachelor of science degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he was the top student in his graduating class. He also earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona.

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