Dr. Carlos Rene Gonzales graduated from Pueblo High School in 1973. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Carleton College in 1977. In 1981, Dr. Carlos received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Arizona and completed fellowship programs in Adolescent Medicine & School Health and Faculty Development. A family physician first at the El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center, he became its Medical Director in 1988.
In 1998, he became the Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Lecturer for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Arizona and that year was awarded the 15 Year Exceptional Service Award by the National Health Service Corps. In 2005, he was awarded Degree of Fellowship by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Gonzales became the Director of Indians into Medicine program in 2009 at Arizona and an advisor on Traditional Indian and Western Medicine Collaboration.
He currently is the Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education directing and coordinating the Rural Health Professions Program and the Commitment to Underserved Peoples program. Active in outside organizations, Dr. Gonzales was the Chair of Dean’s Task Force on Minority Recruitment and Retention for the College of Medicine Alumni Board at Arizona. A nine year member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians, he served as its President for two years. In 2012, he became the Director of the American Academy of Family Physicians board after having served as a member or Chair on the AAFP Congress of Delegates.