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Nestor Gonzalez, MD


Nestor Gonzalez, MD

UCLA Physician Nestor Gonzalez, MD specializes in Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Neurological Surgery.
Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Neurological Surgery
Language Spoken
English, Spanish
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 825-5154 Appointment Scheduling
Fax Number
(310) 206-9987

Edie & Lew Wasserman Building
300 Stein Plaza, Ste. 420
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Mailing Address
UCLA Neurosurgery Department
Box 957039
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7039

Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2013
Interventional Neuroradiology, UCLA School of Medicine, 2004 - 2006
Neurological Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2002 - 2007
Diagnostic Radiology, Universidad del Rosario, 1995 - 1999
Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2001 - 2002
Surgery, Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota, 1992 - 1993
MD, Universidad del Rosario, 1993
Angioplasty, Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM), AV Fistula, Brain Aneurysm, Brain Aneurysm Coiling, Brain AVM Embolization, Carotid Stenosis, Carotid Stenting, Cavernous Angiomas, Embolization, Endovascular Aneurysm, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Microvascular Surgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Spinal AVM Embolization, Stenosis, Stroke, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Tumor Embolization (Brain, Head & Neck, Spine), Vascular Malformation Embolization, Vasospasm Treatment
Research Interest
Since Dr. Nestor Gonzalez's arrival to the Interventional Neuroradiology Division at UCLA in 1999, he has participated in numerous research projects where his contributions have been key for the development of the research plans, analysis of data, and publication of the research results in prestigious national and international medical journals and books. He has been active part of the development of the generation of bioactive coils for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms, which results have been object of several publications. He directly participated in the development and analysis of the animal studies that lead to the FDA approval of these coils, which have opened a new spectrum of possibilities incorporating bioactive components for the treatment of aneurysms.

He participated in the development of the "Merci" device, which is the first mechanical device approved in the US for the endovascular treatment of ischemic stroke. He also participated in the analysis and publication of the animal studies for the long-term evaluation of a recently approved embolic material (Onix, previously known as Embolyx) and the initial clinical experience using this material for head and neck vascular lesions.

In addition to this research Dr. Gonzalez has been actively involved in clinical research, leading several projects in both the Endovascular and Neurosurgery Divisions at UCLA, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Gonzalez is the Principal Investigator of one of the first clinical trials to test the effects of remote ischemic preconditioning in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage and he is a leader in the application of revascularization techniques for the treatment of patients with stroke, and a phase II clinical trial for encephaloduroarteriosynangiosis (EDAS) for the treatment of adult patients with intracranial arterial stenosis. His contributions in the fields of stroke and cerebrovascular disease have been presented in prestigious international meetings, like the International Stroke Conference and the Princeton Stroke Conference.

Additional Information
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiological Sciences
  • Ruth and Raymond Stotter Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery
  • Director of Education Interventional Neuroradiology

Nestor R. Gonzalez, MD, FAHA, Associate Professor in Neurosurgery and Radiological Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has a unique training, having completed two separate and distinct residency training programs in both Radiology and Neurosurgery as well as a Fellowship in Interventional Neuroradiology and Vascular Neurosurgery. In recognition to his excellence in neurological research, clinical and academic work, Dr. Gonzalez has received numerous awards including the Ruth and Raymond Stotter Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery in 2011, and the American Heart Association Innovation Award in 2012.

Dr. Gonzalez has additional interests in history of medicine and medical ethics, fields that he cultivated in his native country. He published numerous articles and ethical discussions, as well as papers and reviews in medical history. He was designated editor of the "Heraldo Medico" journal devoted to legal and ethical issues published by the Colombian Medical Federation and for several years work as Assistant Professor of History of Medicine and Medical Ethics in his medical school at the Rosario University, one of the most traditional and prestigious schools of Medicine in Latin-America, where he was honored with the equivalent of the Summa Cum Laude, Collegialium Majoris, and a medal for the highest grades ever in the history of the medical school.


  • Colombian Academy of Medicine (Since 1998)
  • Colombian Society of Medical History (Since 1998)
  • Colombian Medical Federation (Since 1996)
  • American Medical Association (Since 2003)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (Since 2002)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons Section on Tumor (Since 2002)
  • Section on History of Neurological Surgery (Since 2004)
  • Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery (Since 2005)
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association Stroke Council (2007)
  • Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (2007)
Awards & Recognition
  • American Heart Association 2012 Innovation Award in Stroke Research
  • "Ruth and Raymond Stotter Neurosurgery Chair Endowment"
  • "The Michael Brothers Memorial Award" Best Paper in Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology conferred by the American Society of Neuroradiology. Boston April 21-27, 2001
  • National Radiology Award conferred by the Colombian Radiology Association to the best original research work 1997 Medal "José Vicente Castro Silva".
  • Award to the Highest Grades in the School of Medicine - Highest grades in the history of the School of Medicine. 1988-1993
  • "Collegialium Majoris Collegu Majoris Sanctissimae Virginis de Rosario", Highest Honor conferred to the Best Student of the University of El Rosario. 1988-1993
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