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In Memoriam - Luis Amezcua Gonzalez

November 09, 2021

In Memoriam - Luis Amezcua Gonzalez

AsMA HQ Staff were saddened to hear of the death of Luis A. Amezcua Gonzalez, M.D., a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association.

He graduated from the Colegio Civil de la Universidad de Nuevo León in Onterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, in 1942. He attended the Medical Military School in Mexico City, earning a medical degree and the rank of Major in the Medical Corps in 1949. He then began a rotating internship and medical sub-residency at the Central Military Hospital. Under a Fellowship from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), he attended a post-graduate training course in civil aviation medicine which included aeromedical certification procedures and standards at the Medical Service of the C.A.A. in Washington, DC, USA; the Aviation Medicine Residency course at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, USA; the primary course on aviation medicine at the School of Aviation Medicine at Randolph AFB, TX, USA; and the course of Aviation Medicine at the Naval Aeromedical Center in Pensacola, FL, USA. During this time, he was instrumental in the creation of an official branch office of the Civil Aeronautics Directorate of Mexico. As the first Director of the Civil Aviation Medicine Service of Mexico’s Civil Aeronautics Directorate, he established one of the most effective aeromedical safety programs in the world. His efforts led to the founding of the National Center of Aviation Medicine, a research and training center.
   Dr. Amezcua Gonzalez was appointed an Aviation Medicine Advisor to ICAO in 1983, serving as a lecturer at numerous ICAO seminars. He participated in establishing the Aviation Medicine Section of the Civil Aviation Administration in Bogota, Colombia; creating a Civil Aviation Medicine Division of the Ministry of the Air in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and became an instructor at ICAO medical seminars and courses in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Quito, Ecuador; and Panama. He was an Aviation Medicine Advisor and Aeromedical Instructor of the International Center of the Civil Aviation Training in Mexico City for 20 years (1956-1976). For 28 years, he served as a professor in aviation medicine at the Military Medical School and was awarded the designation of Emeritus Professor in 1988. He lectured at multiple national and international meetings and was the author of numerous publications on aviation medicine.
   Dr. Amezcua Gonzalez was instrumental in the founding of the Latin American Association of Aviation and Space Medicine (now the Iberoamerican Association of Aerospace Medicine) and the Mexican Association of Aviation Medicine. He was a member of many organizations, including the Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA), the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, the Mexican Council of Aerospace Medicine, International Academy of Astronautics, the Argentinean and Chilean Association of Aerospace Medicine, and the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). He held numerous awards, including a gold medal granted by the Mexican General Directorate of Civil Aviation, silver medals from the Chilean and Island of Madeira governments, the Emilio Carranz Medal from the Mexican government, and the John A. Tamisiea and Louis H. Bauer Founder’s Awards from AsMA.