Dr. Andres Gonzalez joined UCR Health as the Chief Medical Officer with over twenty-three years of experience in Surgical Neurophysiology. He received his Masters in Medical Management at University of Southern California. Dr. Gonzalez received his medical degree from the Colombian School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Georgetown University Hospital. He completed two neurophysiology fellowships with an emphasis in Surgical Neurophysiology from UCLA and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Gonzalez has dual board-certification in neurology by the American Academy of Neurology and from the American Clinical Neurophysiological Society (ACNS). He is also granted the prestigious fellow status from both the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN) and from the American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology (FACNS).
Dr. Gonzalez received the Top Doctors Los Angeles in Neurology for over 5 years. In addition, he received both the Resident of the Year award at Georgetown University Hospital and Teacher of the Year in the Department of Neurology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.
On the clinical and research side, his long-standing subspecialty work within neurology has been in the new field, collectively referred to as Surgical Neurophysiology. Surgical Neurophysiology comprises mostly of three main areas: Intraoperative Neurophysiology, Brain Mapping, and Implantable brain devices.
- Intraoperative Neurophysiology: focuses on prevention injury during surgery where neural structures (e.g., brain, spinal cord, nerves) at risk of injury
- Brain Mapping: focuses on identifying vital structures prior to the procedure (e.g., removal of brain tumor near language or motor areas) as to aid the surgeon in identifying those structures and creating a surgical corridor where the surgery can be a success while minimizing the risk of damage to the nervous system.
- Implantable brain devices: under this category includes devices like deep brain stimulators or brain machine interfaces connecting to robotic arm to help individuals with a particular pathology (e.g., Parkinson’s, essential tremor, etc.), and in general using technology to improve the wellbeing of neurological patients.
The goal for this subspecialty field is ultimately primary prevention, as we say in neurology, the best outcome occurs when there is no injury to the nervous system in the first place.
Dr. Gonzalez has a keen interest in community outreach, and he has done so via social media, print, radio and television. Recently, the press enterprise did an article on his team, on the Apple/Google COVID-19 App that helps with tracking positive COVID individual using their cell-phones, and he came out in Spanish-language channel Univision discussion methods to control COVID-19 in our communities (Spanish) and on a similar topic with CBS2 (English).
While his clinical work in the field of Surgical Neurophysiology will continue, as Chief Medical Officer within a medical school whose mission is to “Improve the health of the people of California and, especially, to serve Inland Southern California (…and) improve the health of the medically underserved in the region. He is working to serve a culturally and linguistically diverse community in underserve areas with limited or no voice to advocate for their health. He will strive to advocate and support these communities, and in under his leadership, UCR Health will continue to grow and meet the healthcare needs of the Inland Empire to achieve the goals of Bringing Healthcare Home!Back to Leadership