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Posted: 3/26/2002 12:30:46 PM EDT
Check this guy out! Could this be the end of the "firearms as a public health crisis" bullshit?
Bush Taps Risk-Taking Doctor for Surgeon General Carmona's Life-Saving Feat Inspired TV Movie By LAURAN NEERGAARD .c The Associated Press WASHINGTON (March 26) - President Bush on Tuesday selected an Arizona trauma surgeon and sheriff's deputy to be surgeon general and a top administrator at Johns Hopkins University to direct the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Richard Carmona of Tucson and Hopkins' Dr. Elias Zerhouni must be confirmed by the Senate before filling the two top health positions. ''These are distinguished physicians who have worked tirelessly to save lives and to improve lives,'' the president said in an East Room ceremony at the White House. ''They bring exceptional knowledge and skills to these critical jobs and they are absolutely dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all Americans.'' The two doctors and their families were at the White House for the ceremony announcing the long-awaited nominations. Zerhouni said he never dreamt of such a privilege when he and his wife immigrated here from Algeria 27 years ago. Carmona, his voice breaking as he alternated between speaking Spanish and English, called his own nomination the American dream for ''a high-school dropout and poor Hispanic kid.'' Bush joked that he almost nixed Carmona's nomination after hearing how the doctor once dangled from a moving helicopter as part of a rescue mission. ''I worried that maybe he wasn't the best guy to educate our Americans about reducing health risks,'' Bush teased. [red]''Army Green Beret, a decorated police officer, a SWAT team member, a nurse, and a physician - Dr. Carmona has redefined the term hands-on medicine.''[/red] Asked if both nominees share Bush's ethical opposition to human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer told reporters in advance of the announcement: ''Suffice it to say that these are administration appointees. They serve the president; they serve his policies and I don't think you would expect the president to appoint people who hold wildly different views than he does.''
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Link Posted: 3/26/2002 12:32:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/26/2002 12:37:47 PM EDT by ArmdLbrl]
Bush has been looking for a surgeon general ever since David Satcher, President Clinton's appointee, announced last year that he would step down when his four-year term ended last month. Carmona, the doctor-cop, evidently dazzled Bush's selection team with a resume that reads like a Hollywood script. ''He does look like something out of central casting,'' said Dr. Allan Hamilton, surgery chairman at the University of Arizona, Carmona's longtime friend and boss. But, ''Rich is not one of those thrill-seekers,'' Hamilton said. He described a devoted father of three and physical fitness fanatic who, as one-time head of the local hospital for the poor, also advocated better patient care. Carmona, 52, was born in Harlem. He dropped out of high school, joined the Army and earned a general equivalency diploma. He then became the first member of his family to graduate from college and medical school. Registered as an independent, he gave $500 to Bush's campaign in 1999. His wife, Diane, wrote a separate $500 check to Bush's campaign that year, according to records kept by the Center for Responsive Politics. In 1992, the doctor grabbed headlines and inspired a made-for-TV-movie by rappelling from a helicopter to rescue a person stranded on a cliff. This and other feats helped him earn one of 10 Top Cop awards from the National Association of Police Organizations in 2000. [red]In 1999, Carmona happened upon a car accident in Tucson, and stopped to help. Instead, he got into a shootout with one of the drivers. The man, who had been assaulting a female driver, died, but not before Carmona attempted to mend his fatal wounds. The man turned out to be a suspect in the murder of his own father. Carmona's scalp was grazed by a bullet, his second wound in the same place. He got the first while fighting in Vietnam as an Army Green Beret.[/red] As part of his duties as surgeon general, Carmona would administer the 5,600-member Public Health Commission Corps, which was deployed to New York and Washington on Sept. 11 and during the subsequent anthrax attacks. A part-time public health professor, Carmona has expertise in emergency preparedness and weapons of mass destruction.
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Actually, he seems overqualified, when you compare him to past Surgeon Generals... So how will this effect the AMA? Will they embrace this guy or denounce him? And what of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus? Will they support him or pan him as a "traitor to his race" for being independantly successful?
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