ormer U.S. Surgeon General and current Tucson resident Dr. Richard H. Carmona will give a public talk at the University of Arizona Medical Center Wednesday morning.

His talk, “Prevention, Preparedness, Plagues and Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General,” is scheduled for 8 a.m. in DuVal Auditorium in the UA Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The talk is free and open to the public.

Carmona, a UA professor of surgery, distinguished professor or public health and vice chairman of Canyon Ranch and president of the Canyon Ranch Institute, was the 17th Surgeon General of the U.S. He served from 2002 to 2006 and served under President George W. Bush.

As Surgeon General, Carmona focused on prevention, emergency preparedness, health disparities, health literacy and global health issues. He also delivered many landmark reports and communications during his tenure, including the definitive Surgeon General’s Report regarding the dangers of second-hand smoke.