Dr. Richard Carmona: “The Challenge of Brain Health in War and Peace”

Thurs., Nov. 16 at 1:30pm

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JFCS and the Mel Sherman Institute on Mental Health are proud to present a free public lecture featuring Dr. Richard Carmona, who will discuss the responsibility of caring for the physical and psychological well-being of our veterans and seniors. Dr. Carmona is the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, Chief of Health Innovations at Canyon Ranch, and Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona.

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 1:30pm

Place: Jewish Community Center,  3800 E. River Road., Tucson, 85718

Speaker: Richard Carmona, MD, 17th Surgeon General of the United States; Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch; and Distinguished Professor, The University of Arizona

Registration is required. CLICK HERE to register online or contact Kate:  kkelly@jfcstucson.org or (520) 209-2435

Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Carmona, an authentic hero and public health advocate, will discuss the responsibility of caring for our military service members with war related physical and psychological brain injuries as well as the challenges of dementia in an aging population. Born to a poor Hispanic family in New York City, Dr. Carmona experienced homelessness, hunger and health disparities during his youth. These experiences greatly sensitized him to the relationships among culture, health, education and economic status, and shaped his future. A combat-decorated U.S. Army Special Forces Vietnam veteran, Dr. Carmona trained in general and vascular surgery at the University of California, San Francisco where he was awarded the prestigious gold-headed cane as the top graduate.

Dr. Carmona’s service to Tucson is legendary, beginning with his joint recruitment by Tucson Medical Center and the University of Arizona to start and direct Arizona’s first regional trauma care system. In addition to serving as chairman of the State of Arizona Regional Emergency Medical System, professor of medicine at the University of Arizona, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department surgeon and deputy sheriff, Dr. Carmona is one of the most highly decorated police officers in Arizona, and a recognized SWAT expert. Dr. Carmona’s extraordinary leadership and service here in Arizona led to his nomination and unanimous confirmation as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. In 2006, after successfully completing his four-year term, Vice Admiral Carmona was named Vice Chairman for Canyon Ranch where he is now Chief of Health Innovations.

The Mel Sherman Institute on Mental Health lecture series is made possible by the generosity of Irving Silverman who established a fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona to honor his friend of blessed memory, Mel Sherman. Irving Silverman co-authored “Aging Wisely … Wisdom of Our Elders,” with his daughter, Ellen Beth Siegel, JD, PsyD, a treasured resource that provides a unique perspective on the physical, emotional, and social aspects of growing old from those who have made the journey.

JFCS is a non-profit, non-sectarian agency offering person-centered psychotherapeutic and community services to people from all walks of life. We strive to strengthen our community, and believe there is a path for healing and self-sufficiency for everyone who comes seeking help.