Carlos Gonzales, MD, FAAFP

Assistant Dean, Curricular Affairs
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Director, Rural Health Professions Program & Commitment to Underserved People Program

Dr. Gonzales is an American Indian physician (Pascua Yaqui) who has worked as a practicing Family Physician for 21 years. In that time, he founded a clinic for his tribe, the New Pascua Yaqui Reservation Satellite clinic of the El Rio Neighborhood Health Center southwest of Tucson Arizona. He also worked as an intercity family physician and administrator at the El Rio Neighborhood Health Center in Tucson Arizona for 8 years and as a rural family physician at the Patagonia Family Health Center- a satellite clinic of the Mariposa Community Health Center of Nogales Arizona for 13 years. For those 21 years he was also a mentor and advisor for Indian and other students who had aspirations to become physicians. He was also a volunteer clinical faculty member of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine, where he precepted and taught pre-medical students, medical students and residents. In 2006, he became a full-time faculty member as an Associate Professor-Clinical of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine. His responsibilities include teaching, mentoring and precepting medical students at the College of Medicine, developing and maintaining rural Arizona sites for the Family and Community Medicine clerkship, and Attending in the Family Medicine Residency Program at both the clinic and affiliated hospital. He has been a lifelong advocate for improving healthcare services to the underserved, including Indians, through his service in both the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. As a grandson of traditional healers and an apprentice to a traditional sweatlodge leader, he has intimate knowledge of Traditional Indian Medicine. He uses this knowledge to facilitate the collaboration between Western Allopathic Medicine and Traditional Healers. This knowledge base is also useful in helping aspiring American Indian youth interested in the healing professions feel comfortable with the complexities of the Western healing culture and practices.

Research Interests: 

Border health issues Health disparities/underserved populations Rural health issues Traditional Indian medicine.

BA: Carleton College, Northfield
MD: The University of Arizona
Honors and Awards: 
Medical Director, El Rio Neighborhood Health Center, University Physicians Healthcare (UPH) FCM Alvernon Clinic
Member, The United States-Mexico Border Health Commission
Arizona Family Physician of the Year, 1997
Senior Arizona Delegate, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Member, Committee on Rural Health (Chair for 1 year), The Commission on Public Health
Member, The Task Force on Universal Health Coverage
Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2005
Past-President and Speaker of the Arizona Congress of Delegates
Leadership roles, The Arizona Academy of Family Physicians (AzAFP)
Participant, The Association of American Indian Physicians
University of New Mexico, Family Medicine
University of New Mexico - Department of Family and Community Medicine, Adolescent Medicine and School Health
University of Arizona - Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty Development