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Diego Gonzalez Rivas

Diego Gonzalez Rivas, M.D, FETCS

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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic




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 (40 cases per year). He is the creator of Minimally invasive thoracic surgery Unit (UCTMI) working at Quiron Hospital, San Rafael and Modelo medical center. Actually he works in these 4 medical hospitals at Coruña city and in Shanghai Pulmonary hospital, in Shanghai (China). He is the director of the uniportal VATS training program at Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital (biggest thoracic center in the world)

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) from 2014-2017. He also collaborate with educational activities of European Society (ESTS) and International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS). 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 non-intubated uniportal major pulmonary resections (first case in April 2014). He has published several papers describing these procedures and the results in the most important medical journals and textbooks of thoracic surgery. More information about the technique in

Other Interests

Uniportal VATS lobectomy and segmentectomy
Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
Uniportal VATS sleeve resections
Uniportal VATS subxiphoid surgery
Advanced lung cancer surgery
Robotic surgery
Lung Transplantation
Video edition



-Uniportal VATS Left Upper Lobectomy: Report of Two Cases with a Variant Interlobar Pulmonary Artery. Gonzalez-Rivas D, Vanucci F. The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network ( Publication date: 27th January 2014


-Single incision video-assisted thoracoscopic anatomic segmentectomy

Gonzalez-Rivas D. Ann Cardiothorac Surg 2014;3(2):204-207. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2225-319X.2014.03.05


-Double sleeve uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer. Gonzalez-Rivas D et al. Annals of cardiothoracic surgery. Masters of cardiothoracic surgery section. April 2014. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2225-319X.2014.03.13


-Bronchovascular right upper lobe reconstruction by uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. Gonzalez-Rivas et al. J Thorac Dis 2014;6(6):861-863


-Is uniportal thoracoscopic surgery a feasible approach for advanced stages of non-small cell lung cancer? Gonzalez-Rivas et al. J Thorac Dis 2014;6(6):641-648.


-Single-port thoracoscopic lobectomy in a nonintubated patient: The least invasive procedure for major lung resection? Gonzalez-Rivas et al. Interact CardioVasc Thorac Surg (2014). doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivu209


-Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy in the animal model. De la Torre M, Gonzalez-Rivas D, Fernández-Prado R, Delgado M, Fieira EM, Centeno A. J Thorac Dis. 2014 Oct;6(Suppl 6):S656-9. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2014.10.03.


Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy at 20 years: a consensus statement. Yan TD, Cao C, D'Amico TA, Demmy TL, He J, Hansen H, Swanson SJ, Walker WS; International VATS Lobectomy Consensus Group (..Gonzalez-Rivas D..)

Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2014 Apr;45(4):633-9.


-Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic lymph node dissection.

Delgado Roel M, Fieira Costa EM, González-Rivas D, Fernández LM, Fernández Prado R, de la Torre M. J Thorac Dis. 2014 Oct;6(Suppl 6):S665-8


.Evolving from conventional video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy to uniportal: the story behind the evolution. Gonzalez-Rivas D, Fieira E, Delgado M, Mendez L, Fernandez R, de la Torre M. J Thorac Dis. 2014 Oct;6(Suppl 6):S599-603


-Management of complications by uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. Fernández Prado R, Fieira Costa E, Delgado Roel M, Fernández LM, Paradela de la Morena M, de la Torre M, Gonzalez-Rivas D. J Thorac Dis. 2014 Oct;6(Suppl 6):S669-73


-Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic sleeve lobectomy and other complex resections. Gonzalez-Rivas D, Fieira E, Delgado M, de la Torre M, Fernández L, Fernandez R. J Thorac Dis 2014;6(S6):674-681



-Intraoperative pleural lavage cytology: more evidence on its prognostic and staging values. Gonzalez-Rivas D, Rami-Porta R. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery. 2014. In press.DOI: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.09.102


-Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic left upper lobectomy under spontaneous ventilation. Gonzalez-Rivas D, Fernandez R, de la Torre M, Bonome C.J Thorac Dis. 2015 Mar;7(3):494-5


-Recent advances in uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. Gonzalez-Rivas D. Chin J Cancer Res 2015;27(1):90-93. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.1000-9604.2015.02.03

-This is life—the journey of a pioneer surgeon on a new approach to thoracic surgery Gonzalez-Rivas D. Editorial office.. J Vis Surg 2015;1:2


-Single-Port VATS Lobectomy. Minimising Minimally Invasive Surgery. Socci L, Ucar A, Gonzalez-Rivas D. THORAX 67(SUPPL 2):A152-A152 · NOVEMBER 2012


-The Impact of Endoscopic Linear Stapling Device Stability in Thoracic Surgery: a Delphi Panel Approach. D. Miller, D. Gonzalez Rivas, K. Meyer, R.S. Clark, T. Kohno. Value in Health (Impact Factor: 2.89). 05/2015; 18(3):A213. DOI: 10.1016/j.jval.2015.03.1236


-Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic right upper sleeve lobectomy. Guido W, Gonzalez-Rivas D, Duang L, Yang Y, Lee W, Jiang G. J Vis Surg 2015; 1:10


-Total anatomic vascular dissection for lobectomy by using only energy devices. Gonzalez-Rivas D. J Vis Surg 2015;1:8.


- Video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy versus stereotactic radiotherapy for stage I lung cancer. Aragón J, Perez I, Gonzalez-Rivas D. J Thorac Dis 2015;7(7):1074-1075


.Uniportal VATS: the first German experience. Ismail M, Helmig M, Swierzy M, Neudecker J, Badakhshi H, Gonzalez-Rivas D, Rückert JC. J Thorac Dis. 2014 Oct;6(Suppl 6):S650-514



-Multivariate analysis in thoracic research. Mengual-Macenlle N, Marcos PJ, Golpe R, González-Rivas D.  J Thorac Dis. 2015 Mar;7(3):E2-6.


-Thoracoscopic double sleeve lobectomy in 13 patients: a series report from multi-centers. Huang J, Li J, Qiu Y, Xu X, Sekhniaidze D, Chen H, Gonzalez-Rivas D, He J.J Thorac Dis. 2015 May;7(5):834-42.


-Uniportal VATS-a new era in lung cancer surgery. Ng CS, Gonzalez-Rivas D, D'Amico TA, Rocco G. J Thorac Dis. 2015 Aug;7(8):1489-91.


-Non-intubated video-assisted thoracoscopic lung resections: the future of thoracic surgery? Gonzalez-Rivas D, Bonome C, Fieira E, Aymerich H, Fernandez R, Delgado M, Mendez L, de la Torre M. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2015 Apr 19. pii: ezv136.


-Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy with en bloc chest wall resection Gonzalez-Rivas D, Boxiong Xie, Yang Yang, Gening Jiang. The Journal of Visualized Surgery  2015 ,1:7


- Intraoperative bleeding control by uniportal videoassisted thoracoscopic surgery. Gonzalez-Rivas D, Stupnik T, Fernandez R, de la Torre MVelasco C, Yang Y, Lee Wet al. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2015; doi:10.1093/ejcts/ezv333.


-From Open Operations to Nonintubated Uniportal Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Lobectomy:Minimizing the Trauma to the Patient. Gonzalez-Rivas et al. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2015; 100 (6): 2003-2005. DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.07.092


- Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic bronchovascular, tracheal and carinal sleeve resections. Gonzalez-Rivas D, Yang Y, Stupnik T, Sekhniaidze D, Fernandez R, Velasco C et al.. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2015; doi:10.1093/ejcts/ezv410


-Advances in Uniportal Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery: pushing the envelope. Gonzalez-Rivas D, Yang Y, NG C. Thoracic Surgery Clinics 2016. In press. DOI:


-Postoperative surgical complications after lung transplantation. De la Torre M, Fernández R, Fieira E, González D, Delgado M, Méndez L, Borro JM. Rev Port Pneumol (2006). 2015 Jan-Feb;21(1):36-40. doi: 10.1016/j.rppnen.2014.09.007. Epub 2015 Jan 20


- Comparative Short-term clinical outcomes of mediastinum tumor excision performed by conventional VATS and single-port VATS. Wu Ching-Feng, Gonzalez-Rivas D, Wen Chih-Tsung, Liu Yun-Hen, Wu Yi-Cheng, Chao Yin-Kai, Hsieh Ming-Ju, Wu Ching-Yang, Chen Wei-Hsun.. Medicine 2015. In press



-Video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy versus stereotactic radiotherapy for stage I lung cancer. Javier Aragón, Itzell Perez,  Diego Gonzalez-Rivas

Journal of Thoracic Disease 09/2015; 7(7):1074-5.

-Uniportal VATS lobectomy: my view. De la Torre M, González-Rivas D, Fernández R, Delgado M, Fieira E, Méndez L. Minerva Chir. 2015 Nov 24. [Epub ahead of print]


-Gonzalez-Rivas D, Yang Y, Lei J, Hernandez L, Jiang G. Subxiphoid uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic middle lobectomy and anterior anatomic segmentectomy (S3). J Thorac Dis 2016. doi: 10.3978/ j.issn.2072-1439.2016.02.63


-Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic bronchoplastic and carinal sleeve procedures. Gonzalez-Rivas D, Yang Y, Sekhniaidze D, Stupnik T, Fernandez R, Lei J, Zhu Y, Jiang G. J Thorac Dis 2016;8(Suppl 2):S210-S222. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2016.01.76

Left lower lobe sleeve lobectomy by uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic approach.

Gonzalez-Rivas et al. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2013. In press

Uniportal Video-assisted thoracoscopic segmentectomy

Gonzalez-Rivas et al. J Thorac Dis. 2013 August; 5(Suppl 3): S226–S233. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2013.07.45

Uniportal Video-assisted thoracoscopic pneumonectomy

Gonzalez-Rivas et al. J Thorac Dis. 2013 August; 5(Suppl 3): S246–S252. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2013.07.44

Uniportal Video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy

Gonzalez-Rivas et al. J Thorac Dis. 2013 August; 5(Suppl 3): S234–S245. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2013.07.30

Single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy with pulmonary artery reconstruction.

Gonzalez-Rivas D, Delgado M, Fieira E, Mendez L. Interact CardioVasc Thorac Surg (2013).doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivt340

Situs Inversus Uniportal Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Left Middle Lobectomy.

Gonzalez-Rivas D, Fernandez R, De la Torre M, Fontán L. The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network ( Publication date: 20th June 2013

Single-incision thoracoscopic right upper lobectomy with chest wall resection by posterior approach.

Gonzalez-Rivas D, Fernandez R, Fieira E, Mendez L. Innovations . 2013 Jan-Feb;8(1):70-2. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0b013e3182852005.

Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic bronchial sleeve lobectomy: First report.

Gonzalez-Rivas D, Fernandez R, Fieira E, Rellan L. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Mar 15. pii: S0022-5223(13)00248-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2013.02.052.

Evolution in surgical approach and techniques for lung cancer.

Calvin NG, Kewin K W Lau, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas, Gaetano Rocco. Thorax. 2013 Mar 5. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2012-203157. [Epub ahead of print]

VATS Lobectomy: Surgical Evolution from Conventional VATS to Uniportal Approach

Gonzalez-Rivas, D. The Scientific World Journal. Volume 2012, Article ID 780842,doi:10.1100/2012/780842

Uniportal Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Lobectomy: Two Years of Experience.

Gonzalez-Rivas D, Paradela M, Fernandez R, Delgado M, Fieira E, Mendez L, Velasco C, De la Torre M. Ann Thorac Surg 2013;95:426-432.

Single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic anatomic segmentectomy and right upper lobectomy.

Gonzalez-Rivas D, Fieira E, Mendez L, Garcia J. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2012 Dec;42(6):e169-71

Single-incision video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy: Initial results.

Gonzalez-Rivas D, Paradela M, Fieira E, Velasco C.J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012;143(3):745-7

Single-incision video-assisted thoracoscopic right pneumonectomy.

Gonzalez Rivas D, De la Torre M, Fernandez R, Garcia J. Surgical Endoscopy. Jan 11. 2012 (Epub ahead of print).

Single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic left upper lobectomy.

Gonzalez-Rivas D, de la Torre M, Fernandez R, Mosquera VX. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2011 Nov;13(5):539-41

Video-assisted thoracic surgery lobectomy: 3-year initial experience with 200 cases.

Gonzalez D, De la Torre M, Paradela M, Fernandez R, Delgado M, Garcia J,Fieira E, Mendez L. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2011 40(1):e21-8

Single-port Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Anatomical Resection: Initial Experience.

Diego Gonzalez , Ricardo Fernandez, Mercedes De La Torre, Maria Delgado, Marina Paradela, Lucia Mendez. Innovations.

Number 3. May/jun 2011. Pag 165

Single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy.

Gonzalez D, Paradela M, Garcia J, de la Torre M. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2011; 12:514-5

Uni-incisional video-assisted thoracoscopic Left lower lobectomy in a patient with an incomplete fissure.

Gonzalez D, Delgado M, Paradela M, Fernandez R Innovations: Technology & Techniques in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery:

Febr 2011 - Vol 6 - Issue 1 - pp 45-47

Video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy in the treatment of intralobar pulmonary sequestration.

Gonzalez D, Garcia J, Fieira E, Paradela M. Interact CardioVasc Thorac Surg 2011;12:77-79

Lobectomía videotoracoscópica por 2 vías comparada con el típico abordaje por 3 incisones

Diego González, Marina Paradela, Mercedes de la Torre, Ricardo Fernández,Maria Delgado,Eva Fieira, Jose Garcia. Revista Pneuma,

Noviembre 2010. Pneuma 2010; 6 (3