Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez earns national Physician of the Year for family practice

Click here to see the video highlighting Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez.

USF Health’s Eduardo C. Gonzalez, MD, FAAFP, — a faculty physician and double USF alum – was recently named Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Gonzalez, professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, was presented with the award today, Sept. 26, at the group’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Earlier this year, Dr. Gonzalez was honored as Physician of the Year by the Florida Academy of Family Physicians.

“Dr. Gonzalez is the consummate physician and teacher. I am beyond pleased that his tireless efforts on behalf of his patients has been nationally recognized by such a reputable organization,” said Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine.

“He leaves a lasting impact on his students that they carry through their careers and express in their patient care for decades to come. Our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Gonzalez.”

There are 129,000 family physicians in the American Academy of Family Physicians and this year Dr. Gonzalez was selected as the AAFP Family Physician of the year, said Richard Roetzheim, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

“This is a huge honor for one of our faculty and we couldn’t be more proud of Dr. Gonzalez and his dedication to his patients and his students,” Dr. Roetzheim said. “He is an incredible example for every physician and shows all of us the impact we can have when we combine compassion with quality medical care.”

As part of today’s announcement, a video highlighting Dr. Gonzalez and his work was shown at the national meeting. Earlier this summer, an AAFL camera crew visited USF Health and interviewed multiple colleagues, students and patients to hear why Dr. Gonzalez stands out.

Dr. Gonzalez joined USF Health in 1994. He graduated Cum Laude from USF in 1987 with a degree in microbiology, and from the Morsani College of Medicine in 1991. He is co-medical director to the USF Health BRIDGE Clinic, director of the International Health Elective, and faculty advisor for Project World Health. He is also associate professor in the Taneja College of Pharmacy.

Photo by Eric Younghans, photographer.