Personal profile


Dr. Richard A. Gonzalez, Ph.D., is a highly accomplished anthropologist with a comprehensive background in biocultural and medical anthropology, evolutionary medicine, human identification, clinical anatomy, and medical education. He earned his doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2007 and has since embarked on a remarkable journey of continuous professional growth and discovery.

With a wealth of experience, Dr. Gonzalez has imparted his knowledge in diverse educational settings, ranging from community college to medical school. His professional mission revolves around integrating the biocultural perspective not only as a pivotal element of anatomical education but also as a significant aspect of medical education objectives.

Dr. Gonzalez brings a rich set of skills to the table, including serving as a founding faculty member of the Frank H. Netter, MD, School of Medicine and having served as a consulting forensic anthropologist. His expertise extends to the development and implementation of integrated curricula, employing diverse teaching modalities. He has also assumed leadership roles involving program management and curriculum and program evaluation at the graduate and medical school levels.

Currently, Dr. Gonzalez holds the position of associate professor in the Department of Bio-Medical Sciences, where he manages multiple responsibilities in teaching, research, and administration. His research interests encompass biocultural approaches to medicine, forensic clinical anatomy, and medical education.

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Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, University at Buffalo

Aug 2003Jun 2007

Social Science Interdisciplinary, MS, The University at Buffalo

Aug 2001Jun 2003

Anthropology, MA, Wichita State University

Jun 1998Dec 1999

Anthropology, BA, Wichita State University

Aug 1996May 1998

ASJC Scopus Subject Areas

  • Anthropology

Research Interests

  • skeletal health
  • medical education
  • relationship between skeletal trauma and bone health
  • effects of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) on bone health
  • integration of anthropology in medical curricula
  • medical education and anatomy


  • Anthropology
  • Medical Education