Carlos Canseco

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Carlos Canseco

Dr. Carlos Canseco González (b. March 17, 1921 in Tampico, Mexico D. Jan. 14, 2009 Monterrey, Mexico) was a Mexican physician and philanthropist. In January 2002 he was honored as one of the "Public Health Heroes of the Americas" by the Pan American Health Organization.

Carlos Canseco graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a doctorate in medicine and specialized in allergology at the Northwestern University and in clinic immunology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, United States.

Back in Mexico he taught the first course of allergology at the University of Nuevo León (UANL) and raised money to build the first Children's Hospital in Monterrey.

In 1950 he co-founded the Monterrey Football Club and joined Rotary International, a philanthropic organization he chaired worldwide in 1984; as president of Rotary International and inspired by Francisco Balmis he launched an international campaign to eradicate polio by using an aerosol vaccination he co-developed with Albert Sabin in 1982.

Dr. Canseco served as Nuevo León's state secretary of health and has received honorary degrees from several universities including the Seoul National University in South Korea. On October 7, 2004 he received the Belisario Domínguez Medal from the Mexican Senate.

Dr. Canseco died on January 14, 2009 in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Leaving a legacy of knowledge and development in the Northern Capital.

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Preceded by
Luis González y González
Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor
Succeeded by
Gilberto Borja Navarrete
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
William E. Skelton
President of Rotary International
Succeeded by
Edward F. Cadman