Arizona Physician Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
PHILADELPHIA — Carlos R. Gonzales, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Patagonia and Nogales, Ariz., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 105,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. Gonzales was elected to a three-year term by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates. As an AAFP board member, Gonzales will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Gonzales has been a practicing family physician in Arizona for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, where he also is director for curriculum and community-based education. In addition, Gonzales serves as an advisor for the college’s Traditional Indian and Western Medicine Collaboration as well as to minority medical students.
A member of the AAFP since 1984, Gonzales has served on numerous commissions and committees, including the Commission on Health of the Public and Science, and the Committee on Rural Health. He served on the Task Force on Universal Health Coverage in 2000, and has served as Arizona’s delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for the past 17 years.
At the state level, Gonzales is an active member of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians. He has served on its board of directors for the past 12 years and has held many positions, including past president. In addition, Gonzales has served on many commissions and committees, including the Education Committee, the Task Force on Cross-Cultural Awareness, the Legislative Task Force, the Executive Committee and the Awards Committee.
Throughout his career, Gonzales has received several awards and accolades. In 1997 he was named Arizona Family Physician of the Year by the Arizona AFP. Most recently, he was selected by the University of Arizona College of Medicine, class of 2013, to receive the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
Gonzales earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., and his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of New Mexico College of Medicine, Albuquerque. In addition, Gonzales holds a fellowship in faculty development from the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine, and another fellowship in adolescent medicine and school health from the University of New Mexico Department of Family and Community Medicine.
He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
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