Canyon Ranch Chief of Health Innovation Receives Prestigious Award

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) announced winners of its prestigious Global Wellness Awards on October 17, 2017, which honor outstanding industry leaders in seven categories. This year, a record 600-plus delegates from over 40 countries participated in the three-day Summit.

Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, Canyon Ranch Chief of Health Innovation, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, was named the winner of the first “Leader in Social Impact” award at the Global Wellness Summit.

The Social Impact Award honors a leader who has worked to make it possible for more people and societal groups to live healthier, happier lives. Dr. Carmona, received the special award for his commitment to expand access to health and wellness to people all around the world and whose work in the field of wellness has made a meaningful social impact.

Dr. Carmona is also a nurse, physician, police officer, public health official, combat-decorated and Vietnam veteran. He has used his position on the world stage to advocate for disease prevention, and for access to health services for the underserved. He is also a member of the board of the Global Wellness Institute, and is working to achieve the recently announced Wellness Moonshot and a world free of preventable disease.

“The Social Impact Award is close to my heart,” said Dilip Barot, founder of Amrit Ocean Resort and Residences in Riviera Beach, Florida, who presented the award to Dr. Carmona. “Giving and sharing what we have with others, especially those in need, has been instilled in me from my childhood.”

In his emotional acceptance, Dr. Carmona – who also received a standing ovation from delegates – said, “I have been inspired to help others by being hungry and homeless as a child. I am humbled, flattered and undeserving of this award, and being part of this team is the best honor I could have received.”

About the Global Wellness Summit

The GWS is considered the world’s most prestigious gathering of leaders from every sector of the wellness industry: tourism, spa, education, beauty, fitness, nutrition, finance, environment, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, wellness communities and technology. It is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.74 trillion global wellness economy.

Held in a different location each year, the Summit attracts delegates from all over the world. Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico City, and Austria. The 2018 Summit will be held from October 6-8 at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy.