Nestor R. Gonzalez, MD

Director, Neurovascular Laboratory

Professor, Neurosurgery

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Nestor R. Gonzalez, MD

Director, Neurovascular Laboratory

Professor, Neurosurgery

  • Neuroradiology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurovascular

AV Fistulas


Brain Aneurysm Coiling

Brain Aneurysms

Carotid Artery Diseases

Carotid Artery Dissection

Carotid Stents

Cavernous Angioma

Cavernous Malformations

Congenital Central Nervous System Malformations

EC/IC Bypass Surgery / Surgeries

Interventional Neuroradiology

Intracranial Stents

Moya Moya Disease

Nerve Biopsy

Spinal AVM (Arteriovenous Malformations)

Spine Fistulas

Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident) - CVA

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

Tumor Embolization

Nestor Gonzalez, MD, accomplished a unique training with two completed residencies in neurosurgery and radiology, fellowship training in interventional neuroradiology (neuroendovascular surgery) and a masters of science in clinical research. This allowed him to become one of the leaders in the country in the development of clinical and translational research in the cerebrovascular field. Dr. Gonzalez is the principal investigator on several NIH and American Heart Association grants, including three science innovation awards of the AHA. He is currently the principal investigator of the EDAS Surgical Revascularization for Symptomatic Intracranial Arterial Stenosis (ERSIAS) trial, funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the NIH. Dr. Gonzalez’s original research has received several awards including the Oppenheimer Research Award and the Ruth and Raymond Stotter Chair Endowment by the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Gonzalez conducted the studies that have led to the use of EDAS revascularization as an alternative treatment for adult patients with cerebral arterial steno-occlusive disorders, including moyamoya and ICAS and has been an investigator of the trials that have defined the modern management of acute ischemic stroke, including the MERCI and SWIFT Trials.

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  • Medical School: Universidad del Rosario, 1993
  • Residency: Universidad del Rosario, 1999
  • Residency: UCLA, 2007
  • Fellowship: UCLA, 2007
  • Master's: UCLA, 2015

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  • Collegialium Majoris (Egregia Cum Laude), Special Award to the Best Student of the University of El Rosario, 1988-93
  • Summa Cum Laude, Best Student School of Medicine, University of El Rosario, 1988-93
  • National Radiology Award conferred by the Colombian Radiology Association to the best original research work, 1997
  • Stein Oppenheimer Research Award, 2008
  • Ruth and Raymond Stotter Chair Endowment in Neurosurgery, 2011
  • Fellow, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 2013
  • Science Innovation Award, American Heart Association, 2014
  • Ulrich Batzdorf UCLA Neurosurgery Teaching Award, 2010-15
  • Neurosurgery Quality Award, Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA, 2015
  • Science Innovation Award, American Heart Association, 2016

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Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Gonzalez NR, Liou R, Kurth F, Jiang H, Saver J. Antiangiogenesis and medical therapy failure in intracranial atherosclerosis. Angiogenesis. 2018 Feb;21(1):23-35. doi: 10.1007/s10456-017-9578-1. Epub 2017 Oct 9. PubMed PMID: 28993906; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5831393
  • Gonzalez NR, Dusick JR, Connolly M, Bounni F, Martin NA, Van de Wiele B, Liebeskind DS, Saver JL. Encephaloduroarteriosynangiosis for adult intracranial arterial steno-occlusive disease: long-term single-center experience with 107 operations. J Neurosurg. 2015;123(3):654-661.
  • Ooi YC, Laiwalla AN, Liou R, Gonzalez NR. Angiographic structural differentiation between native arteriogenesis and therapeutic synangiosis in intracranial arterial steno-occlusive disease. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2016 Jun;37(6):1086-1091.
  • Laiwalla AN, Ooi YC, Van De Wiele B, Ziv K, Brown A, Liou R, Saver JL, Gonzalez NR. Rigorous anaesthesia management protocol for patients with intracranial arterial stenosis: a prospective controlled-cohort study. BMJ Open. 2016 Jan;6(1):e009727.
  • Gonzalez NR, Connolly M, Dusick JR, Bhakta H, Vespa P. Phase I clinical trial for the feasibility and safety of remote ischemic conditioning for aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurgery. 2014 Nov;75(5):590-598.
  • Nikkola E, Laiwalla A, Ko A, Alvarez M, Connolly M, Ooi YC, Hsu W, Bui A, Pajukanta P, Gonzalez NR. Remote ischemic conditioning alters methylation and expression of cell cycle genes in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Stroke. 2015 Sep;46(9):2445-2451.
  • Laiwalla AN, Ooi YC, Liou R, Gonzalez NR. Matched cohort analysis of the effects of limb remote ischemic conditioning in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Transl Stroke Res. 2016 Feb;7(1):42-48.

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