Nov 28, 2017

17th Surgeon General of the US, Dr. Richard Carmona, Joins Better Therapeutics

We're thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Carmona will support the company’s mission with his years of experience as a healthcare leader and commitment to using lifestyle as medicine to reverse disease and cost trends.

“For too long, we’ve used and overused drugs to manage chronic conditions and slow their progression,” said Dr. Carmona. “What we need now is a much bolder approach; one focused on arresting and reversing disease by addressing the lifestyle choices that are at the root cause. That’s Better Therapeutics' vision, and that’s why I’m excited to join the board.”

“Dr. Carmona has long been a champion of a lifestyle medicine-first approach to healthcare, which is essential to our ability to reverse chronic disease trends and their associated costs, both here in the U.S. and around the world,” said Better Therapeutics CEO, Kevin Appelbaum.

In addition to his service as Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona has dedicated his career of more than 50 years towards improving individual and public health. Beginning as a decorated Special Forces medic in Vietnam, he has built a distinguished career as a trauma surgeon, health system executive, and vice chairman of Canyon Ranch. He currently serves as Chief of Health Innovations at Canyon Ranch, and is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health, University of Arizona.

Dr. Carmona joins company co-founders David Perry, Chairman, and Kevin Appelbaum, Chief Executive Officer, on Better Therapeutics' Board of Directors.

“Dr. Carmona has dedicated a lifetime to improving public health and challenging conventional wisdom in order to bring innovative healthcare solutions to the market. We are honored to have him join Better Therapeutics' Board of Directors,” said David Perry.