Hispanic Heritage Month in colorful text with a border pattern in yellow and red. There is also an portrait of Mariano Edward Gonzalez, one of the first Latino graduates of Cooper Medical College

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic heritage month by learning more about Mariano Edward Gonzalez, one of the first Latino graduates of Cooper Medical College, which later became Stanford University’s School of Medicine.

Sepia tone portrait of Mariano Edward Gonzalez. In the portrait, Gonzalez's face is in profile and he is wearing a suit.
Image of Gonzalez's signature on a lined piece of paper

Gonzalez was a member of the Cooper Medical College Class of 1883. He wrote his medical degree thesis on pneumonia. The image below is the first page of Gonzalez’s thesis.

Page of handwritten text, the first page of Gonzalez's thesis

Gonzalez’s obituary was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1903.

Print obituary reading: M.E. Gonzalez, M.D. Cooper Medical College, San Francisco 1883, died suddenly from apoplexy at his apartments in San Francisco, December 6, aged 55.

The Stanford Medical History Center collects and maintains materials related to the history of health care, medical research, and medical education at Stanford and beyond. Explore the medical history center collections to learn more about Stanford Medicine pioneers like Mariano Edward Gonzalez.

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