Anthropologist appointed to faculty

Richard Gonzalez
Richard Gonzalez
Aug. 14, 2012 - Richard A. Gonzalez has been appointed to the founding faculty of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

As an assistant professor of medical sciences, Gonzalez is responsible for teaching human gross anatomy, coordinating the school's medical humanities concentration for the scholarly reflection capstone course and teaching medical anthropology-related topics.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be a founding faculty member of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine," Gonzalez said. "It is an exciting time and I look forward to making a personal and intellectual contribution to the school of medicine, Quinnipiac University and the community at large."

Gonzalez holds a doctorate in anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also holds a master of science degree in social science interdisciplinary studies from SUNY-Buffalo and master of arts in anthropology from Wichita State University. He also holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Wichita State. His research interests include skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, anatomy and human evolution.

Gonzalez is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Association of Physical Anthropologists and American Association of Anatomists.

"Richard is a wonderful addition to the faculty of the School of Medicine," said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, dean of the School of Medicine. "He has had experience educating physical therapy and physician assistant students, and will bring this experience to teaching human anatomy and physiology to our students."

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013, pending preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

The medical school, which will train primary care physicians, is aiming to become a national model of interprofessional health professions education and improve the way health care is delivered. Medical students at Quinnipiac will be part of a learning environment where they will interact with students from Quinnipiac's School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing to learn to become effective members of a primary health care team.

The medical school has named St. Vincent's Medical Center of Bridgeport as its primary clinical partner. It also has affiliations with MidState Medical Center in Meriden and Middlesex Hospital in Middletown.