Diego Gonzalez-Rivas, MD, FECTS
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Coruña University Hospital, Coruña, Spain
Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas is a graduate of Santiago de Compostela University and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Coruña University (MD). He received training in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and lung transplantation at Coruña University Hospital.
After completing a year working in Santiago University Hospital joined the faculty at Coruña Hospital and is currently Thoracic Surgeon in Coruña University center and an active member of lung transplantation program (about 40 cases performed per year). He is the creator of minimally invasive thoracic surgery Unit working at Coruña hospital, Quiron Hospital, San Rafael and Modelo medical center. Actually he works in these 4 medical hospitals at Coruña city.
Dr Gonzalez Rivas serves on several editorial boards, he is reviewer of many scientific journals and he is the organizer of the annual meeting of Spanish society of thoracic surgery (SECT) during the next four years. He also collaborate with educational activities of European Society (ESTS). He is a board European certificated surgeon since 2010 (FECTS). He started to perform VATS lobectomies in 2007 after learning the technique at Cedars Sinai. After 100 major resections performed he visited Duke medical center to learn the double port technique with Dr Thomas Damico. Once experience was gained with this technique he evolved to single-port approach.
He was pioneer surgeon in the world performing uniportal VATS lobectomies (first case in June 2010) and he has published several papers describing this procedure and the results in the most important medical journals and textbooks of thoracic surgery. More information about the technique in www.videothoracoscopy.com