From a poor, Hispanic, high school dropout in New York City to surgeon general of the United States, Richard Carmona’s experiences run the gamut.
He encountered hunger and homelessness first-hand before becoming nominated by the president, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, as the 17th U.S. surgeon general. He served from 2002 to 2006.
Carmona talked about his life journey and health care career to a packed crowd at the Kansas Leadership Center on Thursday.
He visited Wichita for the Kansas Health Foundation Symposium – this year themed “Reshaping our Reality.”
He and other speakers talked about inequities in the nation's health system and health outcomes.