Nestor R. Gonzalez, MD

Director, Neurovascular Laboratory

Professor, Neurosurgery

Nestor R. Gonzalez, MD

Neurosurgery - Pavilion
127 S San Vicente Blvd #A6600
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Nestor R. Gonzalez, MD

Director, Neurovascular Laboratory

Professor, Neurosurgery

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neurovascular

AV Fistulas


Arteriovenous Malformation

Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Repair

Brain Aneurysm

Brain Aneurysm Coiling

Brain Aneurysm Surgery

Brain Aneurysm Surgery (Clipping)

Brain Aneurysm Surgery (Coiling)

Brain Aneurysms

Carotid Artery Diseases

Carotid Artery Dissection

Carotid Stents

Cavernous Angioma

Cavernous Malformations

Cavernous Malformations - Pediatric

Congenital Central Nervous System Malformations

EC/IC Bypass Surgery / Surgeries

Interventional Neuroradiology

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
  • Fellowship: UCLA, 2007
  • Residency: UCLA, 2007
  • Other Degrees: UCLA, 2015

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  • Cedars-Sinai Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2020
  • National Translational Science Award of the American Heart Association, 2019-21
  • Science Innovation Award, American Heart Association, 2016
  • Neurosurgery Quality Award, Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA, 2015
  • Science Innovation Award, American Heart Association, 2014

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.

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